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Whale Watching Ganbsaai Tours (Day Trips Near Cape Town)

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Enjoy the marine life of the Western Cape coastline as you sail across the water at Gansbaai. With endless sealife to spot, this tour is one of the best things to do on a Cape holiday. Whether you’re watching from the shoreline, or taking a cruise across the bay, seeing Southern Right Whales breaching is an absolute delight! Be sure you don’t miss the most amazing whale watching tours that Cape Town has to offer.

Highlights

  • Seeing Southern Right Whales
  • Spotting an array of marine life
  • Boat ride along the cliffs of De Kelders

Know before you book

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult

Seeing a whale up-close is one of the most amazing sights on Earth. If you’re looking to experience the marine life of the Western Cape coast, choose whale watching in Gansbaai.

Best Whale Watching Tour Prices Near Cape Town

Southern Right Whale breaching

Hop aboard a boat and sail along the stunning cliffs of De Kelders, as you keep your eye on the waves. This amazing tour offers visitors to the tiny fishing harbor an unforgettable experience. The boat trip takes you through Walkerbay Nature Reserve, a semi-aquatic conservancy with the highest concentration of whales in South Africa.

Look out for Southern Right Whales, as well as humpback, minke and Bryde’s whales. You can see an array of Cape marine life including majestic orcas, False Killer Whales, dolphins, sharks, Cape fur seals, and tiny African penguins.

The Southern Right Whale is the star of the tour, as they are famously rare. The gargantuan creatures are playful in nature and provide an amazing addition to the Cape Whale Coast family. These fascinating creatures live to a very old age and have distinctive markings, including unique patches of callosities (that look similar to barnacles), which function like fingerprints.

African penguin swimming

Boats can travel as close as 50m to the whales, but the animals’ safety and comfort is the number one priority. Southern Right Whales are easy to spot as well, as they release a distinctive V-shaped spout of mist, which can be seen from quite far away.

Feel the sea spray on your face as you watch whales in their natural playground. For the best show in Gansbaai, head out on the whale watching tour of a lifetime.

Time

Whale watching tours from Cape Town generally take place a few times a day, so you have the option of going early morning whale watching, an afternoon tour or an evening/sunset whale watching tour.

Prices

Prices range between $70 USD and $280 USD. You can compare these prices here:

Best Time to Go Whale Watching

The best time to go whale watching is between July and November. This is mating season for the Southern Right Whale. They do this all along the Western Cape coastline but the best place to go whale watching is in Hermanus or Bettys Bay.

Gaansbaai: Whale Watching by Boat

What we liked: The opportunity to see the Southern Right Whale up close in its natural environment.

On this 2-hour whale watching tour, you’ll navigate around the cliffs of De Kelders looking out for these mighty sea creatures. During whale watching season, these massive creatures frequent the area with their babies, making for an excellent show.

This incredible experience allows you to get up close to the Southern Right Whale in their natural habitat. As well as the whales, you can expect to encounter many other forms of Western Cape marine wildlife. This is considered to be one of the best day trips from Cape Town.

INCLUDES:
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat ride
  • Professional guide

EXCLUDES:
  • Parking fee
  • Gratuities

whales swim next to boat

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Wine Tasting and Whale Watching Full-Day Tour From Cape Town

What we liked: Enjoy incredible views and the wonders of nature while sipping on the finest local wines.

On this full-day trip from Cape Town, you’ll get the opportunity to discover the best that South Africa has to offer. Not only in the scenery and natural beauty but in fine tasting wines too. On this tour, you’ll stop off in the quaint fishing village of Hermanus to watch the whales breaching, before heading inland to enjoy some of the best South African local wines. You’ll get the afternoon to enjoy the luscious Elgin Valley.

INCLUDES:
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Driver/tour guide
  • Transport
  • Wine Tasting

EXCLUDES:
  • Food and drinks
  • Boat cruise ticket
  • Gratuities

wine toast

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Whale Watching Day Trip From Cape Town

What we liked: See Southern Right Whales breach from one of the best land-based viewing spots in the country.

Between July and November, the Southern Right Whales come to breed in the Hermanus bay, which means there is plenty of activity to be seen. You’ll get the opportunity to witness these massive creatures breaching above the water before plummeting into the depths.

Your first stop for the day will be in Bettys Bay, before heading on to Hermanus. Both viewing spots offer unique sights that could keep you entertained for hours.

INCLUDES:
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport
  • Proffesional tour guide

EXCLUDES:
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Admissions to Stony Point Penguin Colony

whale breaching

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9.6Expert Score
Enjoy the marine life of the Western Cape coastline as you sail across the water at Gansbaai. With endless sealife to spot, this tour is one of the best things to do on a Cape holiday. Whether you're watching from the shoreline, or taking a cruise across the bay, seeing Southern Right Whales breaching is an absolute delight! Be sure you don't miss the most amazing whale watching tours that Cape Town has to offer.
Highlights
  • Seeing Southern Right Whales
  • Spotting an array of marine life
  • Boat ride along the cliffs of De Kelders
Know before you book
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
Comfort
8.5
Location
10
Value for money
10
Fun
10
PROS
  • See whales up-close
  • Enjoy a wide variety of marine life
  • Entrance fee included
CONS
  • No meals included

Specification: Whale Watching Ganbsaai Tours (Day Trips Near Cape Town)

Accessible

Wheelchair accessible

Departure times

10h00, 13h00, 15h30

Duration

2 hrs

Includes

Boat ride, Entrance fee to nature reserve, Professional guide

Excludes

Gratuity (optional), R5 parking fee (at check-in)

Meals & Drinks

No meals provided

Suitable For

Nature lovers, Not suitable for those who suffer from extreme motion sickness, Sea lovers

22 reviews for Whale Watching Ganbsaai Tours (Day Trips Near Cape Town)

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  1. C S

    Tour along the southernmost coast of (south) Africa. Watching pinguins and whales and lovely little towns.

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  2. annllewwil

    we had perfect weather and the guide found several places to veiw whales, with a calf learning to flip its tail too.beautiful place to visit and stay,.

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  3. Hannah H

    Tour was over all great, only irritant was that the boat was mega crowded and it made it hard to get a good viewing spot.

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  4. Mark H

    Great day out and great guide. We skipped the whale boat trip but the view from the cliffs was amazing and the guide kindly lent us his binoculars.

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  5. Christine P

    A fantastic trip, a great driver/guide who was informative and amusing. Wonderful scenery, I managed to go out on a boat and had super views of the whales. Probably one of the best day trips I’ve done.

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  6. monica.corzo

    It was disappointing. We didnt feel the guide wanted to make a nice trip like I felt with other guides in South Africa. We spent only 10min in Hermanus, they guide wanted to do only a drive through!! and the town was nice enough to have been there more time. The boat was too expensive for its real duration and we were not informed about it, we felt the guide was more interested on her commission instead of informing properly the boat was 700ZAR, around 50, it was almost 2 hours but more than 1h was spent going to the whales, and after the boat we lost 1h in the harbor that could have been spent in Hermanus. Also, we didnt do the wine tasting, she said it was closed! We were given a bottle of wine, we didnt want a free bottle of wine, we wanted the experience of knowing more about South African wines! Hermanus is a nice place, the tour was not a nice experience.

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  7. Priyank K

    The trip was very beautiful, passing through amazing landscapes. The guide Rodney was knowledgeable, though not a very good listener. Nevertheless, he made sure we got the best spots for each activity. We saw Whales and Penguins. Wine tasting was also done, though in short.

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  8. Larisa L

    Not enough time for the lunch in Hermanus!

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  9. James L

    I booked the Full day whale watching in Hermanus trip from Cape Town. Not up to the usual Viator standards, by far. The tour as advertised in the UK is not what we got. We were not taken to the cliff top walk we were given restricted time in the town, which had to include lunch we did visit / tour an industrial estate we were taken to a hill top overlooking the town, but miles from the coastal pass. To see the whales, we had to take the boat trip, which was expensive, and many Japanese tourists found it much too rough. There was no time to visit the penguins, or the Nature Reserve, or the botanical Gardens but time was made to visit a winery. Conclusions – The whales were an exciting experience, but I would not recommend this particular trip to anyone.

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  10. Jacquelyn S

    A full day tour that brought us to many scenic places along the coast, with a 2hour boat ride out to catch the whales basking in the sun, followed by a yummy lunch in a quaint village. A perfect day!

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  11. Christian – Germany

    Ultimate experience, competent guided, lots of whales and dolphins. Can highly recommend that tour to nature lovers.

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  12. Andrea – Germany

    Fantastic day. Weather was a dream. We have seen wales on the walk. On the way to Hermanus we drove through a permanently changing countryside. Very entertaining to look out of the window. In Hermanus we walked along the coast with a beautiful view on the wales. Our guide was very nice. On the way back we visited the pinguins and he drove along the seaside back to Capetown Telinho us a lot about locals.

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  13. a GetYourGuide customer – Germany

    Amazing tour with lovely yacht, must do in Knysna! Very nice boat, great crew – very special atmosphere during sunset, we will definitely do it again next time we’re in Knysna!

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  14. a GetYourGuide customer – Germany

    Amazing tour with lovely yacht, must do in Knysna! Very nice boat, great crew – very special atmosphere during sunset, we will definitely do it again next time we’re in Knysna!

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  15. a GetYourGuide customer – Germany

    Amazing tour with lovely yacht, must do in Knysna! Very nice boat, great crew – very special atmosphere during sunset, we will definitely do it again next time we’re in Knysna!

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  16. a GetYourGuide customer – Germany

    Amazing tour with lovely yacht, must do in Knysna! Very nice boat, great crew – very special atmosphere during sunset, we will definitely do it again next time we’re in Knysna!

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  17. Siphelele – South Africa

    great cruise and service

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  18. Siphelele – South Africa

    great cruise and service

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  19. Siphelele – South Africa

    great cruise and service

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  20. Siphelele – South Africa

    great cruise and service

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  21. a GetYourGuide customer – Luenen, Germany

    Excellent Nice and helpful people, good explanations!!!

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  22. Betul – Waalwijk, Netherlands

    A great day, even if the whales to far to see them clearly We had great guide/driver who knew a lot and has a great sense of humor. The day was beautiful as well as the surroundings. Only downside was, that there was little time to enjoy the view when stopping & getting out to see the view (for pictures). Quickly taking pics and getting back in the bus seemed to be the goal. This instead of enjoying the great surroundings. But all in all, a great day!

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