• Spotlight on a Species: Cape Gannets

      Master Divers and Specialised Hunters

      Some days when we head out onto the Indian Ocean, it is the frenzied commotion above the water that keeps us entertained. When large shoals of baitfish move past our coastline, the skies overhead are peppered with a wide array of seabirds looking for a tasty morsel. One species in particular, the magnificent Cape gannet, […]

    • A Dream Wild Encounter with Humpback Whales

      An Extraordinary Wild Encounter

      We were at the tail end of our migratory whale season, with the bulk of our leviathan visitors having already skirted our section of coastline on their way back to their plankton-rich feeding grounds near Antarctica (or, some believe, up the West Coast of Africa which also has a food source.) Unlike mid whale watching […]

    • World Oceans Day 2018

      Knysna Ocean Lovers Take Action Against Plastic Pollution

      Even though every day is ocean day for the Ocean Odyssey team, we still wanted to take time out to both honour and participate in the official World Ocean Day which took place on Friday June 8th – in collective spirit with concerned citizens around the globe. The aim of this annual event is to […]

    • Southern Right Whales

      Gentle Giants of the Deep

      May has been a stellar month along the Garden Route this year. We have enjoyed gloriously balmy days – often ending off with seriously feel-good sunsets. Adding to our current sense of ‘joie de vivre’ is the fact that any day now the indigo depths adjacent to Knysna will be teeming with whales. In sync […]

    • Happy Humpback Mothers Day

      A Mother's Love

      Motherhood. I’m pretty sure there isn’t even a word in the dictionary which can aptly describe that feeling a woman has when her baby takes its first breath in the world. When everything suddenly makes perfect sense and the need to love, protect and cherish one’s child takes precedence over all else. Motherly instincts are […]

    • Ocean Odyssey’s Nature Guides

      Ocean Odyssey's Nature Guides

      Ocean Odyssey is dedicated to showcasing Knysna’s unparalleled beauty and diversity of marine life and our approach to this has always been a holistic one. We understand that people visiting our region are interested in learning as much as possible about the various facets which define it. With this in mind, our tours have been thoughtfully […]

    • The Fantastic Flukes of Sea Angels

      A Thousand Word Photo Essay

      Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), our much-loved migratory species, display, like other whales, unique patterns of pigmentation, trailing edges and scars on their flukes that are unique to each whale, much like fingerprints are to humans.

    • The ‘Footprint’ of a whale

      A whales Trail.

      Tracking whales in the wild is not that easy in the deep, dark waters of our Indian Ocean. But it is this unpredictability of wild encounters that makes whale watching so exciting; that constant scanning of the horizon in anticipation for the tell-tale signs of whale activity.

    • An extraordinary sighting

      Miracle of Nature

      It was late in the afternoon on Wednesday and Grant was sent to go and spot for one of our whale watching trips. Peering through his very powerful binoculars, he quickly noticed a pod of dolphins close to the shoreline of Brenton on Sea.