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Our most recommended KwaZulu-Natal River & Harbor Cruises

  • 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.

    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

    2. 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

    3. 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.

  • From Durban: St. Lucia Wetlands Private Boat Ride

    4. From Durban: St. Lucia Wetlands Private Boat Ride

    The tour departs from Durban heading northward along the coast to northern KwaZulu-Natal. The first stop is the town of St Lucia and the estuary inside the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park. There you will board a river boat for a 2 hours guided tour of the estuary. The local guide will inform you of the reserves history and its incredible wildlife. Previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, iSimangaliso Wetlands Park was declared South Africa's first Natural World Heritage Site and is considered South Africa's third largest park with 280km of near pristine coastline and 328 000 hectares of magnificent scenery. The protected area is home to one of the largest population of hippopotami in SA, an estimated 1000 crocodiles as well as a wealth of plant, bird and animal life. The park was proclaimed a world heritage site because of the rich biodiversity, unique ecosystems and natural be...

  • 3-Day Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve & St. Lucia Safari

    5. 3-Day Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve & St. Lucia Safari

    Be on the lookout for the Big 5 at the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. Enjoy closed-vehicle guided game drives and a boat trip on Lake St. Lucia on this 3-day, 2-night African safari. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 You’ll be picked up at your Durban area accommodation at 07:00 and begin the 3-hour drive to Hluhluwe Umfolozi, where your guide will provide information on the history of the area. Enter the site and enjoy a slow game drive to the camp, as you learn about wildlife in the area. You’ll arrive at the camp at approximately 13:00, in time for lunch. Your guide will assist you with check-in and show you your room. You’ll have the choice of taking the optional night drive from 17:00-20:00 (additional fee). If not, you’ll head out with your guide for a 2-3 hour closed-vehicle game drive. Dinner will be served after the game drive. Day 2

  • St. Lucia Wetlands & Estuary: Day Tour & Boat Safari

    6. St. Lucia Wetlands & Estuary: Day Tour & Boat Safari

    Travel from Durban to St. Lucia on a 3-hour drive in the comfort of a Ford Tourneo 8 seater mini van or Ford Everest 6/7 seater (subject to availability). When you arrive in St. Lucia your guide will tell you about the history of the Durban and St. Lucia areas. South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, in St. Lucia, is known as ISimangeliso Wetland Park. Your guide will lead you along the Board Walk from the estuary to the Indian Ocean, as you spot crocodiles and hippos. Later you’ll visit a crocodile farm to learn more about these amazing creatures. Head out on a 2-hour Lake St. Lucia boat safari to see the amazing varieties of habitats, including mangrove swamps, savannas, grasslands, and riverine forest.

  • St Lucia Boat Safari and Emdoneni Wild Cat Private Day Tour

    7. St Lucia Boat Safari and Emdoneni Wild Cat Private Day Tour

    The tour leaves from Durban and heads north of South Africa to Isimangaliso Wetlands Park- Greater St Lucia.The 332,000 hectare Isimangaliso Wetland Park was announced South Africa's first World Heritage Site in December 1999, while its name still remains as the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. It received this prestigious status in recognition of the beauty of the landscape, its unique ecological processes and the exceptional diversity of species that the park protects. You will go on a 2-hour boat estuary tour where you will have a chance to be close to hippos, crocodiles and the famous fish eagle. After the trip you will take a leisurely walk along the estuary and see the beauty of the coastline area. From there you will go to the Emdoneni Wild Cat Sanctuary where you will have the opportunity to learn more about South Africa's wild cat species. You will be taken aback by the beauty o...

  • From Durban: Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve Private Tour

    8. From Durban: Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve Private Tour

    Begin your 14-hour excursion with a 3-hour drive to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, located in the heart of Zululand. During your visit, be on the lookout for Africa's Big 5 – lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhinoceros – roaming the flourishing savannah. Established in 1985, Hluhluwe Imfolozi is the oldest game park in South Africa. In addition to the drive in the game reserve, there are several optional extras available (at your own expense). Visit Emtoneni Wild Cat Sanctuary. Take a 2-hour boat cruise in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Drive to Dumazulu Cultural Park, where you relax and watch Zulu dancing, taste Zulu beer, and learn about Zulu culture.

    The guide was very knowledgable, knew where to look for the animals , giraffes , elephants, antelopes, impalas zebras

  • Durban: Private Sunset Cruise

    9. Durban: Private Sunset Cruise

    Enjoy a sunset cruise around the port of Durban and out to sea along the Durban Beachfront. Choose the 1-hour option to cruise leisurely around the port and see the activities going on in the port. If you would like to spend more time out on the open ocean, opt for an option with a duration of 2 hours or more. Start with a slow cruise through the port and towards the exit, taking about 25 minutes. Out at sea, look back at the beautiful city of Durban as the sun sets over it. Sail along the durban coastline as you take in the beauty. If you are very lucky, you might run into some dolphins. End the tour back where you started at Wilson's Wharf. If the wind is too strong or the sea rough the cruise will continue in the port only for your comfort and safety. The boat is equipped with all the required safety equipment, with children's life jackets available.

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What people are saying about KwaZulu-Natal

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

An awesome experience it was, boat rider friendly and accommodating,awesome ride amongst buildings i felt like i was in new york in South Africa

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

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

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