KwaZulu-Natal
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Our most recommended KwaZulu-Natal Cruises & Boat Tours

  • 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.

  • Durban: Waterfront Canals Pedal Boat Rental

    6. 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. 

  • Durban: Boat-Based Whale Watching Experience

    7. 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!

  • Durban: 1-Hour Boat Cruise from Wilson's Wharf

    8. Durban: 1-Hour Boat Cruise from Wilson's Wharf

    Spend a day touring Durban from a vantage point on the Indian Ocean. Check out the sights and look out for pods of dolphins along the route. Pass by enormous container and cruise ships at the port. See the beautiful beachfront from a new perspective out on the water, and Wilson's Wharf; a lovely hidden gem filled with restaurants and entertainment. Enjoy protection from the sun with a semi-covered boat so you can see the sights comfortably.

  • St Lucia: Whale Watching Tour in KwaZulu-Natal

    9. St Lucia: Whale Watching Tour in KwaZulu-Natal

    Your whale watching adventure begins at the beach where your boat pushes through the rough surf to reach the open waters, the home of the whales. As you travel out along the coastline, learn about how humpback whales migrate to this stretch of coastline every year to breed and birth their calves in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Sail along the waves that trace the coastline and admire these giant creatures in their natural habitat. Watch in awe as they jump out of the water, splash about, and spurt water into the air. While you look for whales, listen to fascinating commentary from the onboard marine mammal guide and learn about these majestic animals. During the trip there’s also the opportunity to spot other native wildlife to the region. Keep an eye out for birds flying above the boat as well as dolphins frolicking in the waves that break against the bow. There’s also the chan...

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

  • From Durban: Shark Cage Diving Experience

    10. From Durban: Shark Cage Diving Experience

    Your shark cage diving adventure starts at 6:30 AM. All equipment will be provided for you, so only bring yourself, a sense of adventure, and a swimsuit. After a wake-up coffee, your guide will brief you on the diving adventure. This will include biological information on the sharks and the procedures that will be followed to ensure that you have a safe, educational, and enjoyable shark adventure. You will then move to the changing rooms to be fitted with a suitably sized wetsuit, mask, and snorkel. Once you have changed into your wetsuit and safely stored any valuables and keys, you will hop onto a vehicle for a two-minute drive down to the launch site. At the beach, you will give an excited wave to your videographer, who will film and edit an expedition video for you, and arrive at the 26-foot semi-rigid vessel. The guide will give you a quick boat safety briefing and hand out life ...

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What people are saying about KwaZulu-Natal

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 10 reviews

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

Great day saw many hippos and crocs. guide was funny and very informative

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