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: Durban Harbour Cruise
Isle of Capri:
Durban Harbour Cruise
South Africa has 7 major commercial ports along the 2954km coastline, each having a unique and defined market and type of Cargo. The ports (harbours) are Richards Bay, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay, Cape Town and Saldanha. Transnet National Ports Authority, a division of Transnet Limited controls all of these ports.

Richards Bay is the leading Bulk Cargo port and handles coal, wood-chips, ferro-alloys, chrome ore and alumina. It has one of the biggest coal terminals in the world and is the largest port in South Africa, with total land and water surfaces of 2 174 hectares and 1 443 hectares respectively. The port changed Richards Bay from a tiny fishing village to one of the fastest growing industrial areas in South Africa. To date only half of that land has been developed. The Port of Richards Bay has the potential to develop over time into one of the largest global ports by expanding up the Mhlathuze River floodplain. Richards Bay (and subsequently Durban) was the first port in the world to ferry the pilot to incoming ships using a state of the art Augusta Helicopter. The helicopter can work in almost all weather conditions and has a much higher turnaround time than the traditional method of using a tug boat.

A harbour cruise in the Richards Bay harbour, allows one to not only observe the port operations, but also observe many species of birds. Crocodiles, Hippo's, Dolphins and Sharks are also spotted in the harbour from time to time. The Harbour tours start from the Small Craft harbour, which is situated in the harbour and accessible without entering the restricted port area.

The Port of Durban is the busies on the African continent and also the biggest in terms of it's container capacity. An average of 83,000 containers are handled every month by the 6,000 people employed by the Port of Durban and roughly 30,000 people working for associated private companies.

A harbour cruise in the Port of Durban will offer you the opportunity to follow the route that a container ship takes from the harbour mouth to it's berth. You will see how containers are loaded and offloaded and how they are transported around the harbour. There are usually plenty of seals in the harbour and you can watch them frollicking in the boats' wakes. The Harbour tours usually start from Wilson's Wharf, which is within walking distance of the Durban CBD.
A word on Harbour Cruises:
  “If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind.” Seneca  
: Richards Bay Sunset Harbour Cruise
Credit: Sias Van Schalkwyk:
Richards Bay Sunset Harbour Cruise

Interesting Facts:

The Port of East London is situated on the east coast of South Africa between Durban and Port Elizabeth, at the mouth of the Buffalo River. East London, South Africa’s only river port serves as the gateway to the entire Border-Kei areas, as well as other southern and central countries. The port is one of the smaller harbours in South Africa and handles a variety of general cargo and also has a Car Terminal for the export of Motor Vehicles and Parts.

The Port of Port Elizabeth is the fifth largest port in Southern Africa, based on tonnage handled, and the third largest in terms of revenue earned. The port has a container terminal, one of three in South Africa. Port Elizabeth, as well as the nearby town of Uitenhage, are the centre of South Africa's Motor Industry. Well know brands such as VW, Mercedes, BMW and GM all have manufacturing plants in the area, which produce for the local market and export certain models around the world. To this end, the port handles a lot of container imports (motor vehicle parts and accessories) and motor vehicle exports. The port also has a large fishing industry which catches about 80% of South Africa's squid every year.

Mossel Bay has traditionally been a fishing port with limited commercial cargo activity. More recently, however, it has started to service the oil industry as well and today, these two industries play a major role in the development of the port. It is situated halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and is the only South African port that operates two off-shore mooring points within port limits. It also serves as the oil rig supply boat base.
: Cape Town Harbour Cruise
Bird on the Bow:
Cape Town Harbour Cruise


Cape Town Harbour must have one of the most beautiful backdrops in the world. The port is strategically located at the Southern Tip of Africa and is ideally situated to service trade West and the East. It is home to the South African Fishing Industry, and household brand names like I&J base their fleet here, which trawls the Southern Oceans. About 20 years ago, a decision was made to develop an under utilised section of the port. Today, this area is called the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and is one of the most popular and picturesque waterfront areas in the world.

There are many operators that operate Harbour Cruises from the Waterfront. Although the trips are fairly short, as the harbour is not one of the bigger harbours, the magnificent scenery and bustling vibe, will make this an unforgettable experience.

The Port of Saldanha is the only port situated on the west coast of Africa, 60 nautical miles north-west of Cape Town. It is the deepest and largest natural port in Southern Africa and is partly protected by an artificial breakwater. Originally constructed during the early 1970’s to facilitate the export of iron ore (from Sishen - some 860 km north-east of Saldanha), bulk crude oil and breakbulk terminals were subsequently added to the facilities in the port. Also within the port area are the SA Navy Base, SAS Saldanha, and a fishing harbour.

A Harbour Cruise in the Port of Saldanha, is a more leisurely affair and will offer you the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of wild life and bird species in a unique, natural and unspoilt area.


Richards Bay | Durban | East London | Port Elizabeth | Mossel Bay | Cape Town | Saldanha

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