Water activity

Knysna Close Encounter Whale Watching Tour

4.3 / 5

26 reviews

Knysna Close Encounter Whale Watching Tour

From US$ 69.37 per person

Come join a 1.5 to 2-hour close encounter whale watching experience through the Knysna Heads and out to sea in search of the migratory giants, humpback and southern right whales.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Afrikaans


  • See the the captivating and diverse natural landscape of the Knysna estuary
  • Sail past the rugged and iconic Knysna Heads, a unique pair of sandstone cliffs
  • Catch sightings of humpback and southern right whales
  • See the abundance of marine life on the Indian Ocean - dolphins, seals, penguins, and more
Full description
Come get up close and personal with the gentle giants of the ocean on this 2-hour whale watching tour! Your trip begins as your captain navigates you through the Knysna Estuary and then you'll head out towards the vast and beautiful Indian Ocean. Every year, both the southern right and humpback whales leave their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica and migrate to mate and calve in the warmer waters of the Southern African coastline - this makes Knysna one of the best whale-watching destinations in the country. The tour will be narrated by an experienced skipper and guide who will share with you fascinating information about the lives of these whales. Your adventure will also be assisted by an experienced whale spotter who is in radio contact with all skippers, so you can be directed to any sightings. Keep your eyes peeled for other marine life as well - you may even spot a dolphin or a penguin or two!
  • Life jacket
  • Mineral water
    Not suitable for
    • People with back problems
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You must fill out a travel information form
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Prepare for the activity

    Meeting point

    TH44 Long Street, Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat
    • Biodegradable sunscreen
    • Jacket

    Not allowed

    • Food and drinks
    • Touching marine life

    Know before you go

    • Warm jackets are advised as it tends to get cold out on the water.
    • No food is allowed on this trip.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.3 /5

    based on 26 reviews

    Review summary

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    • Value for money
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    Well organized but unfortunately no whales were seen. This is how nature plays. But the skipper did his best and everything else was fine. As a small compensation we were able to watch dolphins and seals. In terms of price, however, one of the most expensive things we did in South Africa ...

    November 9, 2019

    October 11, 2020

    Super nice team and keen on security. Unfortunately no elections for us but at least a lot of dolphins.

    November 18, 2019

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    Product ID: 162900