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  • 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: Hippopotamus and Crocodile Estuary Boat Cruise

    2. 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.

  • Sani Pass Day Tour

    3. Sani Pass Day Tour

    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.

    Absolutely amazing. Very well organized tour. friendly tour guide. They go out of their way to help.

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

    4. 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.

    What a wonderful way to experience KZN's oldest game reserve. We did the full day safari with started punctually with a 5am pick up from our BNB and included a healthy breakfast and braai for lunch. The guide, John was exceptionally knowledgeable and by lunchtime we had seen a large number of rhino, elephant, lion and buffalo as well as kudu, impala, giraffe, zebra and warthog.

  • Durban: Private 4-Hour City Sightseeing Tour

    5. Durban: Private 4-Hour City Sightseeing Tour

    The 4-hour tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel, and you’ll then embark on a scenic tour of Durban to see a variety of landmarks that highlight the city's diverse history and culture. On Victoria Street you’ll see traditional Zulu attire and traditional healers offering different kinds of umothi (Zulu medicines). This is a popular area for local residents to meet for shopping and lunch. After, your tour guide will show you around the exterior of the Moses Mabhida Stadium and explain its history, use and significance. You will be given time to go to the sky platform by an elevator called the Sky Car for an additional fee. The tour also includes a visit to uShaka Marine World’s Village Walk on the famous Golden Mile Beachfront on Durban’s or Tambo parade. There you will be given time to shop and have lunch. Visit the Kwa-Muhle Museum and learn about the history of apartheid in Durban...

    We went to the University of KZN. We couldn't get into the premises due to COVID restrictions. We then went to the Botanical Gardens which was a phenomenal experience. Well manicured, breathtaking and the tour guide is an absolute gem. We also got to take lots of stunning pictures! We then went to see the CBD, the Moses Mabida stadium and the Durban Harbour. It was a marvelous tour. The great thing is that we stopped at multiple places. Our tour guide Sotiris is amazing. He has a true passion for people and his job.

  • Durban: Top 10 City Sights Private Tour

    6. Durban: Top 10 City Sights Private Tour

    The tour starts at the Golden Mile where you will visit Durban's famous beaches and proceeds to Moses Mabhida Stadium to see one of Africa's beautiful stadiums. The tour will then head to Durban Botanic Gardens to see the city's beautiful garden with different plant species from around the world before visiting the Victoria Street Market to see Durban's exotic spices and Indian cuisines. You will then proceed to one of the largest mosques in Southern Africa which is the Juma Masjid Mosque before visitng the neo-baroque style architecture City Hall which was built in the early 1900s. The tour will proceed to the University of KwaZulu-Natal and have the opportunity to see the beautiful view of the harbor from the University's tower before visiting the Hare Krishna Temple in Chatsworth. You will then visit Umlazi township and have lunch (at your own expense) before lastly visiting Ushaka M...

    Had an amazing time seeing places in Durban we had never experienced before, even some places we thought we new, became properly unveiled. Learning about Mahatma Ghandi, Langalibalele Dube, and Shembe, amongst others, increased our knowledge

  • Durban Half-Day City Tour - Golden Mile, Botanical Gardens

    7. Durban Half-Day City Tour - Golden Mile, Botanical Gardens

    Spend a full day discovering the diverse culture and history of Durban and visiting the city’s sights. This is the ideal introductory tour of Durban, which has been shaped by the early Colonial settlers, the indigenous Zulus and the Indians who arrived as indentured laborers in the 19th Century. Travel along the Golden Mile, the revitalized beachfront promenade, viewing the upgraded Point Waterfront. The tour then travels through the City, viewing the majestic City Hall and the small craft harbor. Afterwards, drive past the sugar terminals and harbor warehouses on the way to the University of Natal for the view below. Then the tours visits the bustling African/Indian Markets at Warwick Triangle – home to 9 distinct markets developed around Durban’s largest public transport interchange. The tour ends with a visit to the peaceful Durban Botanic Gardens, founded in 1849 and the Moses Mabh...

    Frank is a great guide and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Unfortunately the rainy weather is not very conducive to it being marvelous. Thanks for an enjoyable experience.

  • From Durban: Day Tour of Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana

    8. From Durban: Day Tour of Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana

    Travel deep into Zululand and meet a renowned battlefields storyteller. Your first stop is the stage of the Battle of Isandlwana. Here a portion of British troops were overwhelmed by 20,000 Zulu warriors. Then, visit Rorke's Drift where 120 soldiers mounted a courageous defence and defeated more than 3000 Zulus. 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded, the most in British history for a regiment for a single action.  Learn about the history as well as the new revelations from your knowledgable guide. Isandlwana is to this day the battle in which the British suffered the highest number of casualties at the hands of a native army but also where they showed extraordinary courage. Continue to your final stop is at Fugitives Drift before heading back to Durban.

  • Cape Vidal: Full-day Snorkeling Safari

    9. Cape Vidal: Full-day Snorkeling Safari

    After pickup from your accommodations, your guide will take you on a safari drive in iSimangaliso Wetland Park. You'll have the chance to see many animals in their natural habitat including elephants, hippos, rhinos, hyenas, buffalos, zebras, wildebeest, antelopes, chameleons and if you're lucky, perhaps a leopard. Then head to the beach for 2 hours of snorkeling and discover over 50 different species of fish. If you're not a keen snorkeler, you can enjoy the beach on your own or go for a little birdwatching walk on the forest dunes of Cape Vidal with another guide. Your tour is conducted in a laid-back, yet professional manner and includes breakfast and a delicious African braai lunch.

    This was a great experience both on land and in the ocean. Sakhile was an amazing, friendly, funny, and very knowledgeable guide. I highly recommend this experience.

  • Shakaland Full-Day Tour

    10. Shakaland Full-Day Tour

    Explore the village and open-air museum of Shakaland, which is still supervised by the local Zulu chief. Learn about Zulu culture and their customs, including the craftsmanship that goes into making spears, shields, and pots. Observe their skilled beadwork and pot-making and watch them build their huts, grind maize, and prepare food. Sample traditional Zulu beer, which is an important component of local festivities. Watch Zulu dancers and drummers as they perform the traditional Zulu War Dance, and meet a real isangoma (traditional healer). This will be followed by a delicious lunchtime feast in the village.

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What people are saying about KwaZulu-Natal

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 47 reviews

We went to the University of KZN. We couldn't get into the premises due to COVID restrictions. We then went to the Botanical Gardens which was a phenomenal experience. Well manicured, breathtaking and the tour guide is an absolute gem. We also got to take lots of stunning pictures! We then went to see the CBD, the Moses Mabida stadium and the Durban Harbour. It was a marvelous tour. The great thing is that we stopped at multiple places. Our tour guide Sotiris is amazing. He has a true passion for people and his job.

What a wonderful way to experience KZN's oldest game reserve. We did the full day safari with started punctually with a 5am pick up from our BNB and included a healthy breakfast and braai for lunch. The guide, John was exceptionally knowledgeable and by lunchtime we had seen a large number of rhino, elephant, lion and buffalo as well as kudu, impala, giraffe, zebra and warthog.

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

It was a fun & exciting activity. It's therapeutic helps one to relax.