The Durban Experience
An incredible entertainment destination
Wilson’s Wharf on the Victoria Embankment/Margaret provides a wide array of entertainment options to add on to enjoy before or after your cruise with us. These are just some of the highlights – and beyond them, there is a whole city to explore!
The Bat Centre
A community arts development and cultural entertainment centre located within the Small Craft Harbour off Durban’s Victoria Embankment. Explore the intimate art galleries or watch a performance in one of the performance halls or studios. You can also enjoy a meal or drink at the restaurant and bar with its outside deck, or purchase contemporary and traditional art, much of it created by artisans from KwaZulu-Natal.
The Maritime Museum
Learn more about Durban’s fascinating maritime history, and the unique culture of a city that that’s poised between the waves and the rolling green hills of KZN. Go onboard the Ulundi, the oldest tug in South Africa, and take a trip back in time as you explore the naval minesweeper “SAS Durban” and the 75-year-old coal-fired “Ulundi”.
Point Yacht Club & Royal Natal Yacht Club
Stroll along the quayside and admire the local and international yachts, chat to the crews and then stop for a coffee or a bite to eat at the impressive 9th Avenue Waterside Bistro as you gaze out over the forest of masts and the multicoloured pennants fluttering in the breeze.
Your Harbour & Sea Cruise
Our base at Wilson’s Wharf is the perfect Durban setting – before you board, you can explore the traditional craft markets or enjoy a meal in one of the cafés and restaurants.
Then join us 30 minutes before your departure time to check in and enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne before our Captain welcomes you on board. You’ll be escorted to your table for drinks while we give you a brief (but important) safety briefing and take a drinks order.
After a quick but very important safety briefing we push off from Wilson’s Wharf and pass all the magnificent yachts bobbing at their moorings as we head out to see. Look out for two waterside landmarks: the Maritime Museum and the Bat Centre.
Our first sight of the working Harbour will be the vast vehicle handling facility, which handles some 380,000 imported and exported vehicles each year. That’s more than 1,000 cars per day.
Next we cruise past the new Passenger Cruise Terminal – hopefully we’ll see one of the magnificent cruise ships moored alongside.
Give the patrons of the On Point Waterfront Restaurant a wave as we continue to the Harbour mouth and along the channel. Weather permitting, we will then exit the Harbour and turn to port for the calm waters and awesome city views of Ushaka Beach.
Returning to the Harbour, we will serve the buffet of freshly made hot and cold finger foods, made using recipes that draw on Durban’s unique culinary heritage. Passing the remains of the old whaling station on the Bluff, we will re-enter the Harbour to watch the giant ships discharging and loading their cargo in what is Africa’s busiest container terminal.
Our route takes us past the historic sugar terminal before we proceed to the SA Shipyards with their impressive dry dock , floating docks and cranes for shipbuilding and repairs.
Returning home to Wilson’s Wharf. We’ll also pass the fishing boats which supplied some of the fresh seafood and prawns you have enjoyed on your cruise.
Once safely docked, we will bid you farewell: “Hamba gashle”, until we meet again. You can then continue your day or your evening by enjoying more of the many amenities that Wilson’s Wharf offers.