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Whale Watching Trip - Self Drive

Gansbaai

Activity Description

All trips are weather and tide dependant and launch times may vary accordingly from those stated. Your launch time will be confirmed the day before.

The boat, Dream Catcher, is the first boat in South Africa to be designed specifically for whale watching. It is extremely comfortable and spacious, with on board toilets, observation deck for photography enthusiasts, PA system and even a hydrophone! Dream Catcher is 14m long and complies with all the safety regulations set out by the marine authorities.

Once you have arrived at The Great White House, you will receive a brief introductory talk about the route, safety, and what to look out for. Passengers are fitted with comfortable life-jackets and waterproof jackets. Safety is of the utmost importance.

Whale Watching Trip length is between 2 and 2.5 hours, depending on sightings and weather conditions. All cruises depart from Kleinbaai harbour near Gansbaai. Dyer Island is located 8 km from shore and is an access controlled Important Bird Area (IBA) for the conservation of its many resident bird species, including African penguins. Adjacent to Dyer Island is Geyser Rock, home to a 60,000 strong Cape fur seal colony. These seals are present all year round. We will take you into the channel of water between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock known as the world famous ‘Shark Alley’. We will then take you to the whale hot-spots in the bay. With over a decade of experience, not only do we know where to expect the best whale viewings, but the whales have also learned where to expect us!

We pride ourselves on being both fun and educational. Each trip is led by experienced marine biologists and guides who will share their knowledge with you, keeping emphasis on the welfare and conservation of the animal. Responsible tourism is our main objective so we focus on conservation, education, community upliftment and safety.

The boat is surveyed annually by the SA Maritime Safety Authority, conforms to its specifications and is licensed and fully insured for 50 passengers and 6 crew. Safety equipment includes first aid kit, radio and cellular phone.
All clients have to sign an indemnity form on arrival before they can ride no sign no ride.

Arrangements

Duration2 hours
WhenIn Season :: Eco Marine Trips – 01st January to 31st May :: Whale Watching Trips –31st May to 31st December. Seven days a week – weather dependent.
WhereBefore the trip, guests meet at the Great White House in Kleinbaai. We then take a 200 metre stroll down to the harbour to board the Whale Whisperer.
WeatherDue to variable weather conditions the trip may not always be possible and is therefore not guaranteed. Time-related itineraries are dependent on tides, weather conditions and the amount of tours scheduled for a particular day.
What to WearWindbreaker, warm clothing, tekkies/sneakers.
Things to BringBinoculars, camera, warm clothing.
Guests or SpectatorsAlways bring warm clothing as it is cooler at sea than on land. Please remember to use sunscreen. Please use anti-seasick medication well in advance if you are prone to motion sickness.

Requirements

Minimum Age2 years
Minimum Height1.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight150.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsBoat Trip, tea and coffee with muffins on arrival, bottled water on board and warm soup & bread once back on land.
Exclusions

Extra drinks and snacks.
Video link of your trip which costs R200.00 and is available 24-48 hours after trip. Once uploaded it can be shared across social platforms.

Notes

All trips are weather and tide dependant and launch times may vary accordingly from those stated. Your launch time will be confirmed the day before.

Customer Reviews

Very professional staff and nice boat. We were fortunate to go out on a clear, sunny day. However, the waves can get quite strong. I usually don't get seasick but trying to look through my camera viewfinder to take pictures on a wobbly boat did give me a twinge of nausea. If you're at all sensitive, take seasickness pills beforehand. We were also lucky to see several Southern right whales, including calves. The boat crew were nice enough to linger a bit longer before heading out as one whale was really showing off and coming up out of the water. It was somewhat difficult to hear the annoucer over the speakers, though, b/c of the wind. Not sure if there's much they can do about it. Also appreciated the crew's efforts to make sure passengers made room for everyone to see the wildlife when we were stopped. We got to see a couple sharks near one of the shark tour boats, but didn't get to linger long. No great whites, unfortunately. Overall, a fun excursion. Obviously wildlife can't be guaranteed, but we were lucky. - Janet Chang


The whale watching experience was great! We saw so many southern right whales, and they got very close to the boat. The island with the fur seals was also a highlight; we watched them play in the water right below us. The food served before and after the trip was good as well. I appreciate that the company puts a lot into conservation, it made me feel like I was supporting a good cause and getting to see wildlife responsibly. The only downside was that the boat was extremely crowded. It would have been a more comfortable and personal experience had there been fewer people. - Malka Spektor


Excellent overall. Enthusiastic staff. Saw so many great animals in their natural habitat. I particularly liked the importance to animal preservation. - Saleem Mastan


We had a fabulous boat trip. Saw mother and calf southern right whales frolicking about for 40 mins, watched shark dive, Dyer Island with Cormorants and Sea Lions. Excellent trip. Many thanks - Africantwist Travel/Liz Thrussell


This tour is about marine life, for an audience interested in animals and nature. Competent, helpful and friendly crew, and absolutely worth the money. That powerful boat is fun, too! I will definitely book again next year! - Johannes Schmnidt




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