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  • Durban: 30-Minute Harbor Boat Cruise

    1. Durban: 30-Minute Harbor Boat Cruise

    This tour will take you on an unforgettable trip around Durban. Durban Harbor is the biggest and busiest harbor in the southern hemisphere. The harbor tours are especially educational for kids, as the boat takes them to points of interest in Africa’s largest harbor and shows them the route through which ships enter the harbor, discharge cargo, and exit. The skipper will teach the passengers about the port and its operation. If the weather conditions are favourable, the boat may go further out from the shore. The skipper is in close contact with the passengers and will give you a comprehensive guided tour. The trip will either take you down the Maydon Wharf Channel or to the City and Cor Container terminal.

    The skipper was so friendly and we found him easy to interact with, we even took a picture with him

  • St Lucia: Hippo and Crocodile Cruise on a 15-Seat Vessel

    2. St Lucia: Hippo and Crocodile Cruise on a 15-Seat Vessel

    Witness hippos, Nile crocodiles, and hundreds of bird species onboard a cruise departing from St Lucia. This two-hour safari gets you up close to the residents of the estuary. Discover St Lucia iSimangaliso Wetland Park, one of the largest Estuarine systems in Africa. Travel aboard an exclusive 15-seater vessel with experienced and knowledgable skippers and rangers onboard. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have and furnish you with some incredible facts and information on the area.

    The pilot / guide was very knowledgeable and obviously passionate about wildlife and the Isimangaliso Park. Not only did he tell us about the hippos and crocs, but we stopped to look at beautiful birds and trees too

  • Durban: Canal Cruise

    3. Durban: Canal Cruise

    Marvel at the iconic Durban skyline from a unique perspective on a 30 minutes circular journey around Durban point canals. Relax aboard a luxury pontoon boat, which features comfortable luxury seating and a professional tour guide. Pass by Durban’s historic and impressive attractions from the comfort of your boat. Cruise and sail through the canals and take in a unique atmosphere. See historic, impressive, like uShaka and Ithala Trade Centre. Enjoy a relaxing way to do sightseeing in Durban and escape the traffic noise and congestion. Explore the open decks that allow you to feel the cooling river breeze and see the city from many points that offer perfect photo opportunities.

    The experience was amazing. The tour guide explained the history of the canal and answered all our questions to satisfaction. My family enjoyed the experience very much. When we go back to visit Durban we will definitely book this ride again

  • St Lucia: Hippopotamus and Crocodile Estuary Boat Cruise

    4. St Lucia: Hippopotamus and Crocodile Estuary Boat Cruise

    On this tour, you will explore St. Lucia Estuary, which is a part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and it is South Africa's first World Heritage Site. Board the vessel, find a seat on either deck, grab your camera and get ready to set off on your cruise. Your captain will give a safety briefing and introduction, then you will be on your way, traveling slowly up river about 7 kilometers north of St. Lucia.  Cruise along the mangrove-rich shores of the estuary, as your captain points out various wildlife and tells you about the local ecosystem. When there is a sighting of a pod of Hippos or some Nile Crocodiles basking in the sun, the boat will cruise closer, and slower and allow everyone to take photographs. Your captains are also keen bird watchers, and keen photographers, so they will go out of their way to make it special. If you are lucky you might be able to spot some leopards, ele...

    The tour was informative and enjoyable, a wonderful experience. Our guide was excellent and had a good sense of humour. Abundant bird life, crocodile and lots of hippos (we saw hippos for the first time out of water). Booked the last tour of the day and enjoyed the amazing sunset on the way back.

  • Durban: Gondola Ride

    5. Durban: Gondola Ride

    Board an African gondola at the uShaka Marine World and go on a magical ride during the day or at night.  Sit back while enjoying your trip down the scenic canal and back. Relax on the gondola and marvel at the striking surroundings.  Enjoy the picturesque canal and take in the stunning views. Pass by beautiful bridges and admire the unique atmosphere of this activity.

    It was a beautiful experience. My partner and I booked the 7:00pm time slot. It was a windy day but the ride was smooth, our tour guide was very friendly and took beautiful pictures of our ride! Would definitely recommend this to couples it's really romantic.

  • Sani Pass Day Tour

    6. Sani Pass Day Tour

    Depart Underberg in the morning and take in stunning views of the KwaZulu-Natal landscape as you make your way along the Sani Pass mountain road that connects to Mokhotlong in Lesotho. Stop to get breathtaking views from different locations, and at the South African Border Control and Lesotho Border Control posts. Climb to an altitude of 2,874 meters above sea level to enjoy lunch at the Sani Mountain Lodge – the highest pub in Africa. Continue to a village of the ethnic Basotho people and learn about Lesotho and its people from your experienced mountain guide. Try some traditional beer and homemade bread before you brave the drive back down the Sani Pass. Look for wildlife along the road before you arrive back in Underberg in the afternoon.

    Absolutely amazing. Very well organized tour. friendly tour guide. They go out of their way to help.

  • Durban: Waterfront Canals Pedal Boat Rental

    7. Durban: Waterfront Canals Pedal Boat Rental

    Rent a pedal boat and discover the Durban Point Waterfront Canals, a protected marine reserve with over 30 species of fish.

     

    Sit back and relax as you make your way through the calm waters of the canals, keeping an eye out for the marine life below. With 11 pedal boats available, you can also enjoy this activity as a group. Come with family or friends and enjoy a fun outdoor activity in Durban.

    The pedal boats are easy to operate, and each boat can accommodate two adults and two children, so bring your kids along for a fun family outing. 

  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi: Big 5 Full or Half-Day Safari

    8. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi: Big 5 Full or Half-Day Safari

    Experience the rolling hills of the Savannah grasslands and a magical African sunrise. Sit back and relax while your ranger takes you to the best areas within the park. With trained eyes and years of experience, your ranger will undoubtedly deliver some magnificent sightings. Learn more about this fascinating park and the incredible history of when King Shaka used the lower Umfolozi as his personal hunting grounds or how the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park single-handedly saved the rhinos from near extinction. The park is home not only to the African Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo) but also includes cheetahs, wild dogs, and many more. Enjoy breakfast and lunch at one of the numerous scenic picnic areas within the park. The tour concludes with a drop off at the Nyalazi Gate or alternatively, drop off back at your accommodation in St. Lucia.

    What a wonderful way to experience KZN's oldest game reserve. We did the full day safari with started punctually with a 5am pick up from our BNB and included a healthy breakfast and braai for lunch. The guide, John was exceptionally knowledgeable and by lunchtime we had seen a large number of rhino, elephant, lion and buffalo as well as kudu, impala, giraffe, zebra and warthog.

  • Durban: Boat-Based Whale Watching Experience

    9. Durban: Boat-Based Whale Watching Experience

    Take an exhilarating 2-hour cruise into the Indian Ocean and encounter one of the world's most magnificent mammals, the humpback whale, at close range. Admire the inquisitive whales in their natural habitat, and learn about them and other local marine life with a fully qualified whale tour guide. After greeting your guide at the meeting point, board your 11-passenger semi-rigid inflatable boat, registered with SAMSA as a suitable Whale and Dolphin Watching boat since 2012 and holder of one of the limited whale watching permits in Durban. Head out onto the deep blue ocean toward the Mozambican current, and enjoy the views from your front-facing seats with the skipper/crew behind you. From June to November every year, look out for the spectacular breaches of the whales above the water as they travel on their migratory route from the Southern Oceans to warmer tropical waters for mating an...

    Friendly & knowledgeable Skipper / Owner. Multiple whales doing full breaches, tail slapping & find extensions!

  • St Lucia: iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Full-Day/Half-Day Tour

    10. St Lucia: iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Full-Day/Half-Day Tour

    Enjoy an open game drive safari in South Africa's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start with pickup from St Lucia or Durban, and after a brief introduction, enter the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. While on safari, enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of the park as you explore numerous loop roads, outcrops, and lookout points. With knowledgeable and experienced guides, discover an abundance of wildlife species in the park. Search for Africa's Big 5 game animals: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. Spot other animals such as waterbuck, impala, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, reedbuck, chameleon, giraffe, and hyena. Enjoy a stop at Cape Vidal, a protected bay and beach area. Take some time for snorkeling or swimming in the waters surrounding this resort destination, and enjoy some lunch on site. See the highest vegetative dunes on the African continent and enjoy plenty of s...

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 468 reviews

We went to the University of KZN. We couldn't get into the premises due to COVID restrictions. We then went to the Botanical Gardens which was a phenomenal experience. Well manicured, breathtaking and the tour guide is an absolute gem. We also got to take lots of stunning pictures! We then went to see the CBD, the Moses Mabida stadium and the Durban Harbour. It was a marvelous tour. The great thing is that we stopped at multiple places. Our tour guide Sotiris is amazing. He has a true passion for people and his job.

The pilot / guide was very knowledgeable and obviously passionate about wildlife and the Isimangaliso Park. Not only did he tell us about the hippos and crocs, but we stopped to look at beautiful birds and trees too

Follow the GPS directions , don’t get it confused with the first jetty as you enter st Lucia

That was excellent, I really enjoyed every moment of it. i so wished it was whole day event

Was nice, enjoyed the river and managed to see a croc