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

1. 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.

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

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

Indulge in a leisurely journey aboard one of our boats, including a catamaran, for an unforgettable cruising experience. This activity has gained immense popularity among locals in Durban who seek a taste of the high life. It is a public cruise. As you embark on your adventure, soothing music will accompany you from the back of the boat, creating a pleasant ambiance. Our knowledgeable crew members are readily available to provide detailed explanations about the harbor if approached. Many passengers take pleasure in dancing onboard, adding to the lively atmosphere. Immerse yourself in a tour of Durban, joining us as we explore the city from a unique vantage point on the Indian Ocean. Along the way, keep an eye out for pods of dolphins, enhancing your journey with their playful presence. As we navigate through the port, you'll pass by colossal container and cruise ships, offering a glimpse into the bustling maritime activities. Admire the picturesque beachfront from a fresh perspective on the water and discover Wilson's Wharf, a delightful hidden gem that houses an array of restaurants and entertainment options. To ensure your comfort, our boats are equipped with a semi-covered section, shielding you from the sun while allowing you to enjoy the scenic views. Please note that in unforeseen circumstances where the main boat for this cruise is unavailable, we reserve the right to utilize an alternative vessel. Rest assured, we will make every effort to ensure that the advertised boat is accessible. Certain cruises do not have a specific boat assigned to them, as we rely on a selection of available vessels to accommodate fluctuations in weather, seasonal passenger numbers, and planned maintenance. While specific boats cannot be guaranteed for every cruise, we guarantee that you will still enjoy the same exceptional cruise experience on a different vessel.

Durban: 30-Minute Harbor Boat Cruise

3. 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 Point Waterfront: Luxury Canal Boat Cruise

4. Durban Point Waterfront: Luxury Canal Boat 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.

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

5. 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.

Durban: Gondola Ride

6. 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.

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. 

From Underberg: 4x4 Sani Pass Day Trip

8. From Underberg: 4x4 Sani Pass Day Trip

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.

From Durban: Half-Day Safari Tour

9. From Durban: Half-Day Safari Tour

Your first stop is Natal Lion Park which is home to a variety of wildlife including African and Asian Elephants, Rhinos and lions. After a drive around the park you will enter the Lion’s enclosure to marvel at size and beauty of these great cats. Finally visit Tala Game Reserve, a wildlife sanctuary spanning over 3000 hectares. It features over 380 bird species and a variety of wildlife that includes Rhino, Giraffe, Kudu, Hippo and Eland in a beautiful, relaxing setting. You will then be returned to your preferred drop-off location in Durban.

Durban: Durban: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

10. Durban: Durban: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Embark on an exhilarating 2-hour expedition into the Indian Ocean, where you'll have the extraordinary opportunity to witness the majestic humpback whales up close. Join a qualified whale tour guide who will provide fascinating insights into these magnificent creatures and other local marine life. Upon arrival at the meeting point, you'll be warmly greeted by your guide. Step aboard the 11-passenger boat, which has been registered with the South African safety authority as a suitable Whale and Dolphin Watching vessel since 2012. It proudly holds one of the limited whale watching permits in Durban. Set sail onto the deep blue ocean, navigating towards the Mozambican current, and settle into your front-facing seats with the skipper and crew positioned behind you. Between June and November each year, keep a lookout for the awe-inspiring displays of the whales breaching the surface as they make their migratory journey from the Southern Oceans to warmer tropical waters for mating and giving birth. Witness the whales in their natural habitat, marveling at their inquisitive nature. If luck is on your side, you may witness remarkable moments such as a mother nurturing or playing with her calf, or older calves engaging in playful jumps and interactions to seek the attention of the adults. In addition to the whales, this tour offers the chance to observe dolphins frolicking in the ocean swells and, on occasion, catch a glimpse of turtles emerging from the crystal-clear depths to feed on surface delights. Prepare to be captivated by the diverse local wildlife, ranging from birds and fish to the colossal humpback whales themselves, which can reach lengths of approximately 15 meters (49 feet) and weigh around 30 tons. Occasionally, you may even encounter orcas, manta rays, and formidable killer sharks. Please note that cruises do not have a dedicated boat and rely on a selection of available vessels to accommodate fluctuations in weather, seasonal passenger numbers, and planned maintenance. While you may not be guaranteed a specific boat for your cruise, rest assured that you will still enjoy the same remarkable cruise experience aboard a different vessel. Important information: - This activity is not wheelchair-friendly. - It is not recommended for toddlers (parental responsibility). - The cruise route is subject to weather conditions.

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4.6
(63 reviews)

Our excursion went very well. The guide was great and the landscapes were wonderful. It's a shame that the weather wasn't favorable...but we can't do anything against Mother Nature! Downside: the visit to the village is a little overrated. We enter a house where no one lives intended for tourists. Contact with only one person in the village

exceptional day with a guide available to explain the life of the animals crossed, and take care of us (preparation of a barbecue for lunch) only downside for us: too much time spent for meals...I would have appreciated a a little more time in the park.

Aaron our guide was amazing so personable and knowledgeable. He took care of our every need. The trip through the Sani Pass was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You'll never travel on a road like this again. Thank you Aaron. you were truly amazing.

Nice game drive and saw many animals up close. Our guide Yam gave a lot of explanation about the animals and nature. He did his best to give us a beautiful day. Lunch was excellent.

northing it was a great day and tour guide was great she went out of her way for me to get some cough bottle at pharmacy brilliant 👏