Experiences

Discover and explore what we offer

“An absolute tremendous experience of a lifetime! Thank you all for the magnificent shows” this is what one can expect from Hunter Hotels and all the experiences we offer at our four properties. We are not just lodges and hotels, we also offer a myriad of experiences at our properties and in the areas surrounding our properties, to ensure your dream African holiday becomes a reality.

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Birds of Eden

Available from Tsala & Hunters Country House

Birds of Eden is the Garden Route’s very own free flight bird sanctuary. The unique two-hectare dome (the World’s largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest and is sanctuary to a myriad of birds that can be viewed up close.

Birds of Eden was developed to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds and miniature monkeys. The sanctuary also allows bird owners to apply to release their pet birds into the sanctuary, after undergoing the necessary rehabilitation.

The aviary is open for you to roam around, no guide is required so you may spend as much time as you like watching the birds.

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Boat Trips

Available from Tsala & Hunters Country House

The Keurbooms River in Plett and the Knysna lagoon are two of the most picturesque waterways on the Garden Route. Take a leisurely boat trip to kickback and experience the pristine natural beauty of the area.

Plettenberg Bay

Keurbooms Ferry

Travel upstream between the gorge walls of the un-spoilt Keurbooms Nature Reserve by ferry and enjoy the scenic beauty of the area.

Ferry Cruises

Morning Trips:
11h00-Duration 2.5 hrs
Afternoon Trips:
14h00-Duration 2.5hrs
Sundowner:
17h00-Duration 2.5 hrs

Knysna

Featherbed Tours

Feather Bed Nature Reserve

This trip takes you across the lagoon to the Western Head of the Nature Reserve, where a guide and a 4×4 buggy will take you up the headland into the private reserve, stopping at the spectacular viewpoints along the way. After your tour you can enjoy a buffet lunch at the outdoor restaurant under the Milkwood trees. There is also an optional 2.2km walk through coastal forest, fynbos and ocean caves.

Duration: 3 -4 Hours. Bookings Essential

John Benn & The Paddle Cruiser

Take a leisurely cruise around the Knysna Lagoon to the Heads on the double decker floating restaurant, the John Benn or the 4 star restaurant on the paddle-driven, Paddle Cruiser. Full bars are available on both boats.

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Bungy Jumping

Available from Tsala & Hunters Country House

For those looking for extreme excitement – Bloukrans Bungy Jump is it! Bloukrans is the World’s Highest Commercial Bungy Jump at a whooping 216m.

Once you are secured in a full body harness, you walk along a specially designed catwalk (216m long), which is suspended beneath the road surface.  This leads you to the top of the arch – 216m above the Bloukrans River. Here you will be given final instructions by the highly experienced staff, a countdown and BUNGY!!

Bloukrans utilizes pendulum bungy technology ensuring you the smoothest, most comfortable bungy jump possible.

Duration:+-2 hours. You need to be at the bungy an hour before you scheduled time

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Children at Hunter Hotels

Available at all lodges

There is nothing quite as joyful as seeing the look of wonder on a child’s face as they experience an Africa holiday. Children have the time of their lives staying with us.

The sheer beauty, lavish accommodation and wonderful experiences of staying at any of the Hunter Hotels properties brings pure excitement and total awe to people of all ages, and we take pride in our special focus on children.

Hunters Country House

Family friendly and suitable for children of all ages, Hunters Country House is sensitive to the needs of all our guests, young and old.

Hunters Country House has a dedicated recreational area for children, Cubs’ Corner, open and fully supervised by trained staff from 07h30 to 18h30.  Cubs’ Corner provides a safe, child-friendly environment with outdoor and indoor activities for kids. The enclosed garden and play area has a jungle gym, shaded sandpit and paddling facilities.  The Cub House comprises of a TV / Video games room, a dining area, a kitchenette, ablutions and baby changing facilities.

To ensure children are kept busy and happy, there is a wide selection of games, toys, art materials, play dough, books, videos and more. Cubs’ Corner is also stocked with light snacks, fruit, beverages, ice cream, sun block and diapers. Activities can be arranged by our team to ensure that each day is filled with fun.

Parents wanting some time to sightsee or simply relax, undisturbed, at the poolside can confidently leave their children in our care.

For the older children, our Teen Scene area is equipped with a popcorn machine, movies and games to ensure that they too are kept entertained throughout their stay.

In the evenings a child-minding service is available to guests in their suites between 19h00 and 23h00 at a nominal charge. Alternative times may be arranged as required.

 

Tsala Treetop Lodge

Tsala with its treetop suites and villas is what fantasies are made of, and for any child it is a true adventure to sleep in their very own tree house.  Children of 10 years and older are welcomed at our Tsala Suites and in the 2-bed roomed Villas.

 

Gorah Elephant Camp

Through direct exposure to wildlife and nature, the children of today become the conservationists of tomorrow. Recognising the huge benefit children derive from a bush experience, Gorah welcomes children from 10 years old.

Children up to the age of 15 are accommodated on luxury stretchers in their parents’ suite (maximum of two children per suite). Toys, board games and special menus are available on request. Parents are requested to ensure that their children’s participation in no way detracts from the experience of other guests. Because of the proximity of large numbers of wild and potentially dangerous animals, unruly or disruptive behaviour not only negatively affects the quality of game viewing for others, it can also seriously compromise guest safety.

Children accommodated at Gorah are at all times the sole responsibility of their parents.

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Cultural Tours

Available from Tsala & Hunters Country House

Plettenberg Bay and Knysna are rich in culture and heritage. A unique experience is to head into our local townships to experience the incredible vibe and energy that exists amongst local residents in the area.

Knysna: Emzini Tour

Meet the locals who live in the energetic Knysna Township. Visit the local stores, have your hair cut or styled at a local hairdresser and see how the brightly illustrated Nigerian restaurant operates. You can visit the shebeen (pub) and play a round of snooker or listen to the jukebox music.

The trip takes you past the Paula Whitney Pre-School, teeming with exuberant, laughing children, where you will be given the most amazing welcome. You have no choice but to interact with them and they will sing their joyous songs for you, including the South African National Anthem.

Then a visit with the “Women of Vision” – a self employed team of motivated women who have a sewing group and create some beautiful articles that make great gifts and memories of South Africa. You can have a go on the African drums, and see just how difficult it is to get that rhythm! Many other sights are pointed out along the way – Video shops, Tailors, Cell phone shops, great views, interesting people and houses. Then we head back to town, after a three hour exciting, happy trip, that people are always sad to end with Emzini Tours.
Experience Emzini in the Knysna Township and by the end you will see why WE LOVE AFRICA!

Duration:+-3 hours

Plettenberg Bay: Qolweni Township Tour

Ocean Blue Adventures and the Qolweni Community Development Trust offer guests a unique experience through the heart of the Qolweni Community settlement surrounded by magnificent views of the Tsitsikamma Mountains.

Explore the everyday life of a real African. Our guided tour informs you of interesting facts about the Xhosa history and Tribal culture. Meet the local children at the crèche and be entertained by their beautiful voices in song. See where the locals buy their everyday essentials. Gain understanding of the life of a sangoma while you are introduced to their homes.

Our Township tours offer close and personal interaction with the local community. Ocean Blue Adventures is investing in environmentally correct measures, such as the Program of Community Vegetable Gardens. This project, with relatively small contribution of resources, can benefit and reach a great number of people living in Qolweni, with only 20% of this community employed is fulfilling an essential need.

Guests meet with their guide at the Ocean Blue Shop and depart for the memory bridge (Bridge over the national road leading into Qolweni). On crossing over the bridge we take a walk to the Siyakula Pre-School where Teachers welcome guests with the children. Guests get a full tour of the school, ending with the children in choir. From the school guests move towards the local backpackers where they will be introduced to the woman of the community, they will be taken to the spaza shop and shabeen before meeting some locals at their homes. The tour ends at the Siyakhula nursery school before departing back to the Bridge.

Duration:+- 1-2 hours

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Afternoon River Leisure Cruise

Available from Tsala & Hunter's Country House

This exclusive offering to Hunter Hotel guests, allows you to glide up the deep ravine of the Keurbooms River. Moor at the sandy cove at Whiskey Creek where you can enjoy a walk through the indigenous forest, swim in the gentle waters, sip on sparkling wine and relax in natural splendour. A glorious end to a perfect day.

When: Afternoons, daily at 14h45. Subject to change during peak season. Limited seating available, booking is essential

Duration: 2 hours; Bring a warm top & bathing costume

Included:  Sparkling wine, water, beach towels and snacks

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Game Drives

Available at Gorah.

Addo National Park is home to the densest population of elephants on earth, African’s largest land mammal. Guests are able to get up close to, taking in their incredible stature and grace.

Game drives at Gorah, expertly led by passionate and professional guides are a testament to the safari of old. Intrepidly searching the vast terrain for animals is the essence of the experience. The excitement of discovering Elephant, Rhino, Lion and Plains Game in their natural habitat lingers long after returning to camp.

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Golf

Available from Tsala & Hunters Country House

For the avid golfer there are a number of top class, and PGA recommended, golf courses in the area. Designed by some of the best golfers in the world, like Ernie Els, the opportunity to play these golf courses is well with worth the time.

We recommend the following courses:

Pezula

The Championship Golf Course lies high above the Indian Ocean and the vast Knysna Lagoon – a sweeping spectacle of fairways and greens rolling through the pristine indigenous landscape. The course’s designers, Ron Fream and David Dale have compared the look of Pezula golf course to that of Gleneagles in the Scottish Highlands and Pebble beach on the Monterey coastline. A terrain of rolling fairways, fynbos and eyebrow bunkers make it very difficult to walk this course and golf carts are provided for all golfers. The five different tee options on every hole cater for all skill levels. No two challenges, or views, are alike.
Bookings essential

Simola

The Simola course offers challenging and rewarding golf amidst spectacular scenery. Set below the high ridges, it’s free from the wind that so often plagues coastal courses. Fairways flow with the natural undulating contours of the terrain and the unusual configuration of five par 5’s and five par 3’s adds a new dimension to the game. Exceptional views are par for the course, look out across the Knysna Lagoon all the way to the Heads or over the picturesque Knysna River as it twists and turns through the valley below.
Bookings essential

Goose Valley

Goose Valley golf course is a world-class course set in the indigenous fynbos. The course is in stunning condition12 months of the year. It is built on pure sand with excellent drainage properties and uses recycled water from the Gans “Goose” River that meanders through the Estate. Players will experience breathtaking views of the lagoon, the ocean and the Tsitsikamma Mountains, the beauty of the natural fynbos and an abundance of animal and bird life.
Bookings essential

Plettenberg Bay Golf Course

Upgraded by Rob O’Friell, in 2000, the 18 superb, new bent-grass greens have been built to USGA specifications. There new shapes and slopes plus the new bunkers and water features have created a challenging and beautiful course. The golf course is set in a park-like, proclaimed nature reserve and is the pride of the golfers of Plettenberg Bay. The 470m par-five 4th hole plays particularly long in a southeaster when the average golfer will have little chance of reaching the water-guarded green in two, and sometimes even in three. By contrast the 11th is only 110m long, one of the shortest par-threes in the country. The 300m par-four 14th is a sharp dogleg-left which features two tall oak trees on the left-hand side of the fairway, just after the hole curves towards the green. The foliage makes for a challenging drive.
Bookings essential

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High Speed Boating

Available from Tsala & Hunters Country House

Hold on and get ready for speed! Knysna and Plettenberg Bay offer high speed and high thrill boat rides in RIB Boats.

For those adrenalin-junkies wishing to get out on the water and feel the rush of the air as they speed down the coastline – this is not for the faint hearted.

Duration:1.5 hours

(please be there 30 minutes before the time) and set departure times are applicable.

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Hiking

Available from Tsala & Hunters Country House

Tsitsikamma, Featherbed and Robberg are a few of the Nature Reserves in the area that offer a variety of different walks and hikes. From tough 4-hour treks along the scenic Robberg Peninsula to the more relaxed wander through the Garden of Eden Forest.

Robberg Nature Reserve

The Robberg Peninsula is a nature reserve and national monument that lies about 8km south of Plettenberg Bay, a prestigious coastal resort on South Africa’s famous Garden Route. Follow the airport road from town and look for the turn-off to the left.
The reserve is situated in an overlapping region of winter and summer rainfall. There is an increased likelihood of showers between August and November. The ecology of the Robberg Peninsula is similar to that of other rocky headlands on this coastline. It presents a fine example of how plants and animals adapt to the interacting influences of land and sea.Robberg offers a choice of three circular routes of increasing difficulty and distance. The round trip via the Point takes about four hours. It is dangerous at high tide and not recommended for young children. Water, hiking shoes and hats are essential. Always be prepared for sudden changes in weather.

Duration: Walks from between 1 hour and 5 hours

Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park is a multi-dimensional destination with dramatic coastal scenery, reefs, rivers, lush forest and delicate Fynbos. Tsitsikamma National Park protects a wonderland of inter-tidal and marine life. This is one of the largest Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the world, conserving 11% of South Africa’s Temperate South Coast rocky shoreline.
Approximately 30% of the park is covered in fynbos (Cape Floral Kingdom), scattered amongst the forest vegetation, boasting a wide variety of beautiful flowers, including proteas and heath.
The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates various cultural heritage sites ranging from Khoisan cultural heritage sites such as caves, shell middens and rock art to more recent cultural historic sites, such as the ruins of small fisher settlements, remnants of the past forestry industries and grave sites. The national park also offers wonderful hikes and one of the most popular is the walk across the swing bridge at Storms River Mouth.

Duration: Anything from 1 hour to whole day or overnight trails

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Honeymoons

Available at all lodges

Romance, passion, intimacy and a celebration of a new journey in your life together is what every newlywed couple hopes their honeymoon to be.

Our four properties offer honeymoon couples an experience that is unrivalled when it comes to romance and luxury for your honeymoon. You can expect extra special touches, spectacular scenery, superb accommodation and unobtrusive service during your stay with us.

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Horse Riding

Available from Tsala & Hunters Country House

Either take a ride through the forests and hills of the surrounding area or experience a horse safari on a nature reserve and catch a glimpse of some of Southern Africa’s wild animals.

Forest Ride or Fynbos

Duration: 1 or 2 or 3 hour rides

Horse Safari

There is no better way to view the game than from horses. The game is accustom to horses and so allows them to wonder up close. On horseback you can go to areas where vehicles can’t access and are free to roam with the game or track them down. Feel the grass and bush brush past you, breathe in the fresh air around you and listen to the sounds of Africa.

Duration: +- 2 hours. Times are either 10h00 or 15h00 daily (weather permitting)

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Kayaking

Available from Tsala & Hunters Country House

Experience the sea in a kayak and get a glimpse of Plettenberg Bay’s beautiful mountain scenery and dramatic coastline from the ocean.

Kayak with an experienced guide from Central Beach to Robberg Nature Reserve. When you reach Robberg Nature Reserve you will kayak amongst the seals at the seal colony. Your guide will introduce you to Robberg Nature Reserve and our wonderful marine life in the bay. In whale season you will encounter these majestic mammals on your tour. All equipment is provided and beginners are welcome.

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Monkeyland

Available from Tsala & Hunters Country House

At Monkeyland guests have the rare opportunity to walk amongst these fascinating creatures, that remind us so much of ourselves.

On the guided safaris you can expect to see a variety of primates, ranging from the Gibbons of Asia to the Lemurs of Madagascar. The knowledgeable rangers will tell you about these fascinating mammals as you encounter them roaming free in the forest. They also point out, identify and explain the many wonders of life in the forest, from the rich diversity of bird life to the intricate workings of the forest itself.

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Mountain Biking

Available from Tsala & Hunters Country House

The mountain bike rides are breathtaking journeys through the forest with easy jeep tracks or single-track routes. No matter what your level you will enjoy the beauty, the thrill and the challenge of these well-designed routes.

Mountain bikes and helmets are available for hire at the routes. For those with their own bikes the routes start at the Garden of Eden and maps outlining the routes are available.

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Retail Therapy

Available from Tsala & Hunters Country House

There are a myriad of specialty stores, areas with a variety of galleries and boutique style shops that will keep any shopper busy, and husbands why not grab a coffee in a local coffee shop and watch the world go by.

Knysna

Thesen Island, Main Road Knysna, Woodmill Lane

Plettenberg Bay

Global Village, Main Road Plettenberg Bay, Market Square, Old Nicks

Shopping Highlights:

Galleries:

  • -Thesen Island, The Upper Deck Centre, Plett

Interiors:

    • -Wylandt (Knysna)
    • -The Beach House (Knysna & Plett)
    • -Bayside Interiors (Plett)

African and Craft:

        • -Global Village, The Heath

Food Markets & Deli’s:

        • -Plett Main Road Market (especially Friday evenings from 18h00)
        • -Masheesha and Sedgefield Markets (Saturdays only 9-12)
        • -Il de Pain (Knysna)
        • -Thyme and Again (Keurbooms)

Ceramics:

      • -Pret-a-Pot (Old Nicks)
      • -The Potter (N2)
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Sailing

Available from Tsala & Hunters Country House

Set sail aboard a luxury yacht for a cruise through the Knysna Heads, while enjoying a glass of South African sparkling wine and a seafood platter.

An experienced crew will take you sailing on the famous Knysna Lagoon in the Garden Route. Sail out past the Heads and towards Buffalo Bay. On return, anchor is weighed in the calm waters of the lagoon. Feast on a spread of delectable Mediterranean delicacies and enjoy a refreshing swim before returning to the quays. Witness incredible rock formations, caves, pelagic birds, whales and dolphins unique to this internationally acclaimed Eden.

Sunset Cruise:

Duration:2.5-3 hours

Departs:May-Sep 3pm, Feb-Apr 4pm, Dec & Jan 5pm

Inclu. Sushi, Seafood Platter and a complimentary glass of bubbly per person

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Shark Cage Diving

Available from Tsala & Hunters Country House

Experiencing these majestic beasts in their natural environment is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is a wonderful privilege and an extreme adventure.

Mossel Bay (162km from the lodge) is renowned for its Shark Interactions and is perfect for those looking to meet these terrifying giants of deep.

Your day trip… What’s included & some friendly advice!

  • Buffet breakfast at launch site
  • Light lunch,snacks & refreshments on boat
  • Diving & Viewing
  • Wet suites & dive equipment supplied and available in all sizes
  • Afternoon tea upon arrival back at the harbour
  • Certificate of your White Shark Experience

Please don’t board our boat without:

Sunscreen, towel, swimwear (if diving), camera, hat or cap (we sell really cool ones) & a warm jacket. If you are prone to motion sickness…
Hmm! No train smash… Just make sure you take a seasickness tablet the night
before and again 2 hours prior to boarding the boat.

Duration: 4 hours

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Sky Diving

Available from Tsala & Hunters Country House

Free-fall over one of the most scenic drop zones in the world.

This thrilling experience begins with a short safety briefing. Then enjoy a 20-minute plane flight to 10,000 feet, over the Knysna forests and Plettenberg Bay coastline. Now the leisurely, scenic plane flight ends and the adrenaline starts to pump as you exit the plane with your Tandem Master and experience the rush of a 35 second free fall at 200KPH!

Duration:+-3-4 hours

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Surfing

Available from Tsala & Hunters Country House

Plettenberg Bay is not only one of South Africa’s most beautiful bays, but also one of the most perfect surfing destinations on the Garden Route.

Experienced surfers can head to the beach and enjoy some awesome rides while those wanting to learn have access to some of the best surf instructors in South Africa. These instructors will offer you a carefully designed programme that will have you up and riding in no time. We warn you, once you’ve experienced the thrill of dropping down the face of a wave and riding one of nature’s wonders, you’ll be hooked for life!
All ages Welcome! All lessons are tide, weather and swell dependent

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Swim with Seals

Available from Tsala & Hunters Country House

This exciting adventure takes you out to sea to snorkel with these fun loving creatures, watching them playing and frolicking in the waves.

If you looking for a fun ocean adventure, this is for you. This tour is a first for Plettenberg Bay. It is an experience that will leave you with an invigorated appreciation of the beauty of the ocean and the wonderful animals that inhabit it.

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Stand Up Paddling on the Keurbooms River

Available from Tsala & Hunter's Country House

Just you, a board, the river and nature! Stand-up paddle through the deep ravines & indigenous forest on the quiet beauty of the Keurbooms River with the call of the Fish Eagle and the flash of the Knysna Loerie (Turaco) overhead for company.

The SUP river boat takes you on a 4.5km cruise up to Whiskey Creek where your guide will lead you into the non-motorized zone of the river: re-invigorate your body, absorb the serenity of the river, re-connect with your soul.

When: Mornings, daily at 09h15. Subject to change during peak season. Suitable for all ages & no experience needed. Limited seating available, booking is essential

Duration: 2 and a half hours; Bring a warm top & bathing costume

Included: Sparkling wine, water, beach towels, snacks, 1 hour guided supping excursion

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Treetop Canopy Tours

Available from Tsala & Hunters Country House

Experience one of South Africa’s fastest growing eco-adventures with thousands of satisfied thrill-seekers having already caught the bug. A Canopy Tour® takes you on an unforgettable adventure as you slide from one platform to the next along a series of steel cables set amongst magnificent natural surroundings.

The scenery high up within the forest canopy is spectacular. Enjoy the view from above while taking in waterfalls and spotting birdlife in the surrounding trees. Professional guides will assure the safety of each group and point out interesting facts along the way.

Professional guides will assure the safety of each group and point out interesting facts along the way.

Duration: 3 hours (please be there 15 minutes prior to your reserved time slot)

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Weddings

Available at all lodges

Your wedding day is unquestionably the most important day of your lives together. Knowing this we tailor-make all arrangements and take great care to ensure that special attention is paid to every detail making your perfect day seamless and memorable.

Our four properties offer the most beautiful venues to host your special day. From a quaint chapel in the forest to a wedding ceremony overlooking a waterhole while elephants drink. Whether you choose Tsala, Hunter’s Country House or Gorah, we  will ensure that you dream day is made a reality.

Please contact us to receive more information and quotations for your wedding.

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Whales, Dolphins & Seals Watching

Available from Tsala & Hunters Country House

What better way to see these beautiful sea creatures than by boat, with a knowledgeable guide who will share interesting information about why they are so important to the balance of nature.

Summer = Dolphin Season!

In summer you have a very good chance of spotting the rare, gregarious Humpback Dolphins found in only certain areas of the South African coastline. You can also likely to see Bottlenose Dolphins and Common Dolphin. We will take you to the Robberg Seal Colony, the natural habitat of about 5,000 noisy, fun-loving seals.

Duration 1 ½ – 2 Hours (please be there 30 minutes before the time)

Winter = Whale Season!

In winter there is a very high likelihood that you will see the Southern Right and Humpback whales. Tours include the Robberg Seal Colony (home to +/- 5000 seals) and other marine life of the day.

Duration 1 ½ – 2 Hours (please be there 30 minutes before the time)