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Sea Views from De Kelders in Gansbaai (2016-05-21) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 02 JUN 2016

Following a brilliant breakfast at the Blue Gum Country Estate (where we were spending a weekend in May), Chantelle discovered that she was unfortunately in need of some headache pills – and seeing as the delightful little village of Stanford doesn’t actually have a pharmacy within its borders, we opted to take the short scenic drive through to its larger neighbour Gansbaai.

The last time I had been to Gansbaai, Chantelle and I ended up watching whales from a boat (still need to get around to go shark cage diving!), but this time around we were looking for a far more relaxed outing, and so after a bit of driving about Gansbaai, we took a detour along the sea, heading off towards Walker Bay, to the nearby suburb of De Kelders (driving in pursuit of a rather fetching old Mustang convertible ahead of us).

De Kelders (“The Cellars” in Dutch) is obviously known for its prime whale watching views and the plentiful underground caves beneath the cliffs (including the historically important Klipgat Cave), but seeing as it was neither whale season nor did we particularly feel like looking for caves, Chantelle and I instead entertained ourselves by taking in as many of the gorgeous sea views as what we possibly could.

And yes, we did take a lot of selfies in the process too.

Needless to say, we returned from this particular sightseeing trip feeling quite refreshed and invigorated. What a glorious winter’s day indeed!

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Whale watching in Gansbaai with Ivanhoe Sea Safaris (2015-07-15) Photo Gallery 08 AUG 2015

It’s actually turning out to be a pretty good year in terms of experiencing new things – seriously, if I’m not flying a plane then I’m on a boat watching whales! :)

IMG_20150715_105748 craig lotter Whale watching in Gansbaai with Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

Gordon’s Beach Lodge has a work relationship with Ivanhoe Sea Safaris and often send their guests off via shuttle to go and experience whale watching in Gansbaai. As things go, Ivanhoe Sea Safaris then often invite guest house staff members out on the boat, so that they can better inform guests as to what to expect.

Luckily for me, Chantelle opted to let me with on just one such ‘educational’ ride!

IMG_20150715_093949 chantelle lotter Whale watching in Gansbaai with Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

So on a sunny Wednesday morning, we dropped the kids off at their respective little schools and made the scenic drive through to Gansbaai, a place that neither Chantelle nor I can really remember ever visiting as adults.

We arrived just in time for boarding, and pretty soon we were seated on The Ivanhoe, a 42 ft. custom built catamaran, specifically designed for watching whales.

IMG_20150715_094335 gansbaai harbour ivanhoe sea safaris

A good selection of both tourists and locals made up the spectators for the day, and after a brief instructional by a very amicable and knowledgeable crew, we were out of the harbour and hunting for whales!

The water was calm, the weather sunny, and no wind to speak of, making conditions perfect for whale watching.

It’s quite exciting as you zoom across the water, and then suddenly have the engines cut as you stop because of a possible sighting in the distance. Then it’s everyone to the front of the boat, and seriously, it is so quiet that you can hear a pin drop – everyone is scouring the water, looking for that telltale ‘footprint’ of a whale nearby.

(Though when a whale does come up, then its an instant cacophony of camera shutters clicking – sadly, cellphone cameras like mine are pretty useless at this sort of thing!)

IMG_20150715_110910 Whale watching in Gansbaai with Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

Of course, half of the fun is this expectation (similar to when you are out in a game reserve, scouring the brush for a sighting of something special), but when a whale does finally break surface and comes right up to you, then it really becomes extraordinary.

Massive, gentle, and interesting giants without a doubt! (We spotted plenty of birdlife, seals, a couple of fast moving Bryde’s whales in the distance, and of course the slow moving Southern Right whales who came right up close to the boat).

IMG_20150715_111358 Whale watching in Gansbaai with Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

So needless to say, this 2+ hour long experience is definitely one well worth a recommendation!

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Related Link: http://whaleviewing.co.za/