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KwaZulu-Natal Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended KwaZulu-Natal Family-friendly activities

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.

Durban: Waterfront Canals Pedal Boat Rental

2. 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. 

Saint Lucia: iSimangaliso Wetland Park Half-Day Trip w/Lunch

3. Saint Lucia: iSimangaliso Wetland Park Half-Day Trip w/Lunch

Discover the magical iSimangaliso Wetland park with your passionate and Zulu local guide! Mr Dube will teach you all about the interesting eco-diversity, wildlife of the park and some cultural Zulu facts. Enjoy a real traditional Zulu braai while being out in the bush!

Kosi Bay: Snorkeling Adventure with Hot Drink

4. Kosi Bay: Snorkeling Adventure with Hot Drink

Let your local guide show you the life that swims through the mouth of Kosi Bay on this snorkeling adventure. Try to spot marine life like emperor angelfish, bluebarred parrotfish, and honeycomb rays. Meet your guide in the Kosi Bay mouth parking area and walk to the briefing area. Listen as your guide provides you with a briefing for the snorkeling trip. Take your high-quality snorkeling gear and get some tips on how to use the gear. Explore the magical underwater world of Kosi bay where guides typically point out over 50 different species of fish like flutemouth fish, blue petes, zigzag sand wrasses, moray eels, and lionfish. Return to the shore where your guide will help you identify all your fish sightings in your fish id booklet. Sip on a hot coffee or tea while filling out your log book.

Durban: Drakensberg Rock Art & Mandela Capture Site Tour

5. Durban: Drakensberg Rock Art & Mandela Capture Site Tour

Get picked up bright and early at your hotel at 6am and start your trip toward the mountains. Make your way to Kamberg, part of the Northern Drakensberg mountain range and home to the Rosetta Stone of SAN (Bushman) rock art. Upon arrival, meet your anthropologist guide, Dr Jeremy Hollmann, a specialist in early civilisation rock art in Southern Africa, and watch an introductory video to understand the context of the people who inhabited this area. Then, follow Dr. Hollmann through the rugged terrain all the way up to Game Pass Shelter where he will delve deeper into the anthropology of the San people. There are several spots along the way which he will bring to life with historical anecdotes and anthropological theories. At Game Pass Shelter, take in the mystery of Bushman rock art, and explore theories and beliefs that underpin the art and culture of the San/Bushmen of Southern Africa. Tuck into lunch at the Nottingham Road Brewery (at your own expense), and try out the local craft beer, if you like. Thereafter, continue along the Midlands Meander and visit the internationally acclaimed Ardmore Ceramics. Watch the ceramicists at work when the studios are open, and maybe even buy a keepsake. Your penultimate stop is at the iconic Nelson Mandela Capture Site for a peek into South Africa's notorious history and a bucket list photograph. Finish your tour witnessing the water gushing or trickling down (depending on the time of year) at Howick Falls as it flows into the Umgeni River. Finally, head back to Durban with your expected time of arrival set for 7pm.

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What people are saying about KwaZulu-Natal

It was a good experiment. I really enjoyed the cruise. The stafff was very friendly they even called me asbi was running late to check where am i. The guide or driver was also friendy. He was communicating with us and also teaching us about the ships and how they operate.

Value for money, great experience and tour guide was very helpful and friendly. Loved the whole experience. We were a bit late but they contacted us and waited until we arrived

We had so much fun and the boat driver was very useful, he explained everything we ask, and he was very nice

Area is a bit dodgy. But the boat ride and the guide was absolutely fantastic!

Fun and informative. Music also available on request during the ride