Durban Sightseeing cruises

Our most recommended Durban Sightseeing cruises

Durban: Canal Cruise

1. 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.

St Lucia Boat Safari and Emdoneni Wild Cat Day Tour

2. St Lucia Boat Safari and Emdoneni Wild Cat 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 of the caracal, enchanted by the very playful cerval and mesmerized by the speed and agility of the cheetah. The aim of the Emdoneni Wild Cat Sanctuary is to care for wild cats that have been orphaned or injured in the wild and are in need of care and rehabilitation. They also intend to breed successfully if possible and release the offspring back into their natural habitat.

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

3. 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 Enjoy an early morning game drive, from around 06:00-09:00, in a closed vehicle with your guide, or an optional open-vehicle drive (additional fee). You’ll return to camp for a buffet breakfast at around 09:15, and then have the mid part of the day to yourself. There is a self-guided bush walk within the camp and a swimming pool for your use. Lunch will be served at 13:30. Again, there is an optional extra night drive, from 17:00-20:00 (additional fee). If you do not choose this option, 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 3 After a 07:00 breakfast, you’ll check out and go on a 2-hour game drive. Afterwards, you’ll leave the camp and head to Lake St. Lucia for a boat cruise. Enjoy a 2-hour boat cruise on Lake St. Lucia, a World Heritage Site located in Isimangeliso Wetland Park. During the cruise you’ll be on the lookout for hippos and crocodiles. In the event of foul weather your guide will take you along the estuary boardwalk instead. Lunch is next on the itinerary, followed by the 3-hour return drive to Durban, arriving at approximately 18:00.

Durban: Boat Safari & Zulu Cultural Village Day Trip

4. Durban: Boat Safari & Zulu Cultural Village Day Trip

See the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the ISimangaliso Wetlands Park, then witness traditional arts, crafts, and performances at the DumaZulu village. Depart from Durban and head north along the coast to northern KwaZulu-Natal. The first stop is the small town of St Lucia inside the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park. Board a riverboat for a 2-hour guided tour of the estuary. Encounter a unique ecosystem of pristine coastline and magnificent scenery. Keep an eye out for hippopotami, and maybe see one of the estimated 1,000 crocodiles. The Park also has wildlife like lions, zebra, elephants, leopards, giraffes, black and white rhinos, and fish eagles. Next, immerse yourself in the DumaZulu Cultural Village in the heart of Zululand. Experience a village depicting traditional Zulu culture, with beehive huts arranged in a circle around a cattle kraal. Enjoy a welcome from a local guide who will explain the traditions and customs of the Zulu people including basket-weaving, and spear and shield-making. Feel free to purchase some decorative beadwork from the locals. View the village Sangoma perform traditional bone throwing, dancing, and singing, before making the journey back to Durban.

2 Night Big 5 Hluhluwe-iMfolozi & St. Lucia Safari

5. 2 Night Big 5 Hluhluwe-iMfolozi & St. Lucia Safari

Start with pickup after breakfast in Durban or the surroundings or KSIA and head north on the N2 highway. First stop is the small quaint town of St Lucia which falls within the iSimangiliso Wetland Park. This Park has been declared a world heritage site. Here you will embark on a hippo and crocodile boat cruise. Get up close and personal with these magnificent beasts. Enjoy a light lunch in the town (at own expense). Visit the Endomeni Cheetah Rehabilitation center. Here you will get to interact with these magnificent animals and learn about their conservation struggles in Africa. After lunch, make your way around the corner to your accommodation for the night. After settling into your en-suite accommodation for the evening and freshening up, meet round the campfire and indulge in a braai (BBQ) dinner. Wait whilst the bushbabies (a nocturnal primate) come around for feeding time.  Next day it is an early rise as you head out on your Big 5 Safari in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve. Spend the entire day in the park searching for all the animals and birds on offer with your highly qualified guide. Coffee and tea will be provided, along with breakfast and lunch. Limited refreshments are also provided.  After your magnificent day in African paradise, return to camp for some much-needed rest and a scrumptious dinner. The following day, enjoy a final morning game drive to hopefully see anything you may have missed or choose from a range of other activities. Breakfast once again will be provided. Around midday, head back to Durban or KSIA as  you complete the trip.

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What people are saying about Durban

We had great day,our Tour guide Siyabonga oh what a humble, discipline,well mannered guy, values his clients.Good news I'm coming back with my friends this weekend

We enjoyed the ride with the best captain ever he is funny talkative and very helpful. Our Captain 's name is Siya big up Siya you really love your job keep it up

Fun experience, I got to learn more about the different Fish and also about the Sharks..it was a great experience and gave us the nice view.

It's a very relaxing activity to do with friends. The air is so refreshing. The driver was very nice. I loved it

Xolani was very professional, patient and kind. Thank you, I'll definitely come and also recommend the ride.