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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Close Encounter Whale Watching Reviews

My wife and I have just returned from a three week tour

My wife and I have just returned from a three week tour in South Africa arranged by Best of South Africa Travel. From the very first contact with Ash we felt reassured that the service we would get would be according to our needs. We were not disappointed. She organised an itinerary that covered all we wanted to experience, and not  according to what she wanted to sell us! This was important to us. From the Safari in the Kruger to Whale  Watching in the Indian Ocean every aspect of the arrangements were as she described it not better. From accommodation to transfers it was of a high standard and of great value. Even when unexpected problems arose such as BA going on strike, Ash made all the necessary arrangement to ensure our holiday was not disrupted, even whilst she was herself on holiday! I would highly recommend this company and will be contacting them again on our next tour of a wonderful continent.

who did this activity in October 2019.

Close Encounter Whale Watching, Knysna has been rated 1 time, with an overall rating of 5.00 out of 5.

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