We read reviews here and decided to go with Ivanhoe over the other whale experiences by boat.
We we're not disappointed!
Ivanhoe did everything they could to make a great experience. From really quick email responses all hours of the night (I had a thread of around 5 email responses around 11pm South African time) To arrival, explanation and the actual tour. Everything was well explained, and we were well taken care of.
We lucked out as there were only two groups (total) on the boat that day, we were 4 little kids plus my wife and I. The other group was a retired couple and their private tour guide. 9 total guests on the boat, plus two Ivanhoe staff. We couldn't have asked for a better situation, nigh unto a private tour!
We were able to see Penguins, Cape Fur Seals, and of course both southern right whales and humpback whales.
However the whales we found on our trip seems to not be interested in us or being on show, so they left. The license that the whale tour boats have limits them from following the whales. So we spent 10 minutes with each whale/group of whales and then moved on. I think we spotted 6 or 7 whales on our two hour trip.
That's the thing about wild animals, no guarantee of a good show, but I'd much rather support tours of wild animals that respect the animals and their environment versus see them at the zoo or an aquarium which are always too small for the animals they have on display.
In short: Go Ivanhoe, a great company and a great experience!
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