Close Encounter Whale Watching

Whale Watching, Knysna

Every year, both the Southern Right and the Humpback whales leave their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica and migrate to mate and calve in the warmer waters of our Southern African coastline. And Knysna is one of the best whale watching destinations in the country.

Ocean Odyssey, is Knysna’s only close encounter permit holder and our tours are set to offer our guests an up close and personal experience with these gentle giants of the ocean.

Tours are typically 1 ½ to 2 hours long and are led and narrated by experienced skipper guides. The trip begins as the boat navigates through the Knysna Estuary heading out toward the Indian Ocean.

Whale watching trips depart four times daily (weather and sea conditions permitting) from the easily accessible Thesen Harbour Town jetty.

Once out in the ocean, an eagle-eyed whale spotter assists in finding wildlife.



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