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Knysna Whale Watching

Close Encounter (June - Nov) in Knysna by Springtide Charters



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More about Knysna Whale Watching

There is simply no other whale watching experience in Knysna that can compare to this one. As the official whale watching permit holder, we can get closer to these awe-inspiring ocean creatures than anyone else. So if you want a truly remarkable whale watching encounter, this is the only option.

Dolphins, sharks, seals and sea birds may also be seen on this whale watching activity that takes place between July and November. This exclusive, guided experience is for no more than 12 guests, features a wealth of information and a delicious snack platter. The trip is weather dependent.

What people say

A great experience and a great captain! Highly recommended, although quite expensive....  -  Patrick Madden.



2 hours


From June to November


Please arrive 30 minutes before your booking start time. Start Location: Company: Ocean Odyssey Charters & retail shop TH 44, Long street Thesen Harbour Town Knysna Directions to our offices for check-in on Thesen Isle, From George direction drive into Knysna on N2. Turn right at the traffic lights onto Waterfront drive. Follow the road until the second set of traffic lights, turn right onto Long Street, head all the way down the road till the roundabout, follow the roundabout to the right, find us on the right opposite “Big Blue the whale sculpture”. From Plettenberg Bay direction: Drive into Knysna on N2 at third set of traffic lights keep Left onto Waterfront Drive, first set of traffic lights turn left onto Long Street. head all the way down the road till the roundabout follow the roundabout to the right, find us on the right opposite “Big Blue the whale sculpture”. GUESTS WILL CHECK IN 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO DEPARTURE AT OUR RECEPTION, WHERE THEY ARE REQUIRED TO SIGN THE INDEMNITY FORM.


All trips through the Knysna Heads and out to sea are dependent on weather and sea conditions. Only the skipper is able to make a decision whether the cruise can depart. This decision is made according to wind direction and speed, sea swell and tide. This decision can only be made on the day of the cruise.

What to Wear:

Wind breaker or jumper

Things to bring:


Guests or Spectators:

Only paid guests on board. COVID-19 - Masks are compulsory- Guests experiencing symptoms or show high temperatures will not be allowed to proceed with the activity.

Min Age:

Inclusions & Exclusions


Bottle of water Life Jacket


Food and other beverages (Besides bottled water) is not allowed on this tour.

Opinions On Knysna Whale Watching

What the locals say about Knysna Whale Watching.

Patrick Madden

A great experience and a great captain! Highly recommended, although quite expensive.

Rob Scott

Nobody's fault really - when trying to watch wild animals you have to accept that they may not be working to your agenda! Saw 1 dolphin and 1 seal, fog came down and had a rather exciting entry back through Knsyna Heads riding the crest of the wave and zero visibility. Still waiting to see a whale!!!

Marius Claassen

Great experience. Excellent Skipper and no effort spared to ensure excellent sightings.

Lauren Tee

A truly wonderful, once in a lifetime experience!


You’ll discover Knysna on the Garden Route; it’s charmingly set between the Knynsa Lagoon, Indian Ocean and the Knysna forest.

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We offer Close Encounter Whale Watching & Eco Marine Tours and a variety of sublime sailing charters in Knysna, the beautiful coastal town of the Garden Route.

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