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The BESETdurban Whaling Station Tour

whaling-station-tour-5-medium-520x400A tour of Durban’s dark whaling past

Words by Elana Geist

Dressed in sneakers and armed with Instagram, 120 curious Durbanites met on the steps of the Durban City Hall on Saturday, ready to get into the bus and trek to the restricted military area on the south side of the Bluff to visit the city’s former whaling station.

With the aim to explore Durban’s hidden treasures and share the stories that make up the city’s history, BESETdurban creates exclusive tours around the city to forgotten places and in this case, forbidden areas.

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The BESETdurban whaling station tour took 120 people to the restricted military area in the Bluff next to the harbour entrance.


BLUFF Beaches – International Coastal Clean Up 2017

International Coastal Cleanup: Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Harnessing the Power of People to Fight Ocean Trash

Nearly 12 million people and counting have been part of the world’s biggest volunteer effort to protect the ocean.

21369494_726163460905199_3573241294190892303_nWill you join us this year?

Today, plastic has been found in 62% of all sea birds and in 100% of sea turtle species.

A problem as big as plastic in the ocean requires a big response!


By participating in the International Coastal Cleanup, you can make a difference. You’ll join millions of volunteers just like you, who love the ocean and want to protect it.

This year’s International Coastal Cleanup is Saturday, 16th Sept 2017

Sustainable Living Exhibition 2017

All things green and good will be presented at this year’s annual Sustainable Living Exhibition when it is held at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 15 – 17 September 2017.

djby_gzxkaam73nEThekwini Municipality is gearing up to host a bumper exhibition this year with more than 250 exhibitors showcasing their greening products and services. The event promises to be a fun, educational and informative showcase of all things green, environmentally friendly and sustainable. Packed with water saving technology, energy saving gadgets, recycling alternatives, food and water wise garden advice and ideas, the exhibition will make it easy for you to green your lifestyle. Sustainable living does not have to stop at home either. Research proves that business and transport is responsible for the most of the carbon emissions in the atmosphere. In this regard, a certain highlight will be the shipping container that has been converted into a boardroom showing the public an example of sustainable solutions to water, energy and building materials.
Visit the go-Durban stand to learn to more about what the city’s vision for an efficient public transport system, or the numerous schools who lead the recycling revolution and community food gardening initiatives. The Exhibition comes at a time when the Kwa-Zulu Natal province is feeling the effects of climate change. There is something for everyone at the event with activities for both young and old planned including talks, demonstrations, puppet shows, quizzes and movies.  Please bring along your unwanted clothes, books, toys and shoes for donation to a worthy charity.

Make sure you don’t miss it. Entrance is free.

For more information and to register contact Dorothy Lutchmiah on 0313114277/0732403600 or email​
Source: Durban Gov

Durban Port Festival 2017 this weekend!

Thousands are expected to flock to the Durban Port Festival this weekend where the South African Navy will host public tours of its naval ships. The festival is hosted by Transnet National Ports Authority, in partnership with eThekwini Municipality, MSC Cruises, African Marine Solutions (AMSOL) and the South African Navy.

The festival will begin on Saturday, September 9 and will end the next day.


Your day ticket gives you access to ALL the fun happening at #DurbanPortFestival. R30 for adults, R10 for children under the age of 16 and kids under 3 enter free. Tickets available through Computicket or on-site. Visit for all the info.

Visitors to the festival will be able to board the SAS Isaac Dyobha and the SAS Galeshewe at the N Shed passenger terminal in the Port of Durban – the area of the port from which cruise ships usually depart. The SA Navy will also have its diving tank stationed at N Shed for the public to interact with SA Navy divers.

In addition Transnet National Ports Authority tugboats will be on display throughout the weekend of the Durban Port Festival. Organisers anticipate long queues and have advised the public to arrive early and enjoy the array of other waterside and landside activities taking place as part of the port festival.


Oupa Moraile, Public Relations Officer, Naval Base Durban said the Durban Port Festival was an opportunity to bring the South African Navy closer to the community and showcase career opportunities that are available within the navy.

“This is even more important for Durban as we are in the process of upgrading the existing Naval Station back to a fully operational Naval Base,” he said.

35994753portfestdayday211TNPA’s Durban Port Manager, Moshe Motlohi, said the idea behind the Durban Port Festival is to bring communities closer to the ports.

“Port access has been restricted since the advent of the global ISPS code of safety and security for ports a few years ago, and as a result communities have become disconnected from the ports. While we do need to adhere to these requirements, we are also aware of the need to develop and nurture relationships with our communities and ensure that they are exposed to the work we do and the opportunities that exist for them through the ports,” he said.

(Source: Daily News)


Durban Port Festival 2017

The Durban Port Festival will once again transform Southern Africa’s busiest commercial port into a public celebration of all things maritime from Saturday 9th to Sunday 10th September 2017.

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Popular South African music artists, Nasty C and Amanda Black, will be the headline acts at this year’s Durban Port Festival, hosted by Transnet National Ports Authority, in partnership with eThekwini Municipality, MSC Cruises, African Marine Solutions (AMSOL) and the South African Navy.

The event takes place from Saturday 9th to Sunday 10th September 2017, with the main stage at Festival Island opposite the Royal Natal Yacht Club. Other activities will take place around the N-Shed cruise terminal facility in Quayside Road off Margaret Mncadi Avenue.

Book your tickets via Computicket now

Source: ECR

Whale Festival comes to Bluff

image-whale-diveDURBANITES are in for a whale of a time this weekend at the maiden Welcoming of the Whales festival on the Bluff.

With a variety of activities for both young and old on offer, the day promises to be fun and educational.

Held in conjunction with the World Whale Conference being hosted in Durban, the Welcoming of the Whales festival is part of the tourism drive of the South Durban community tourism organisation, Sodurba.

Sodurba is marketing the South Durban Basin as the Whale Coast with an emphasis on education, history and entertainment to entice tourists to visit the area.

The day kicks off at 9am at Ansteys Beach on Saturday, 24 June.

Among many other items of entertainment will be sand sculpturing, dancing, demonstrations by the Sharks Board and an arts and craft market.

A rocky shore educational walk will be hosted by the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA). Registration for this walk is at 8am at Ansteys.

The cost for the walk is R35 per person.

Telescopes and binoculars will be on hand along with whale identification information to allow festival-goers the chance to spot a passing cetacean.

The Bluff Boardriders will be showcasing their skills in a contest starting at 6am on the day.

For further information, contact Sodurba Tourism on 031 467 0404

Journalist: Erin Hanekom












World Whale Conference 2017

Comprising the 4th World Whale Conference and the 2nd Whale Heritage Sites Summit this years conference theme is ‘Towards Responsible Tourism for Cetaceans’.

Hosted by Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau and eThekwini Municipality the 4th World Whale Conference will focus on responsible tourism for whales and dolphins and will unite national, regional and global stakeholders from whale conservation and welfare backgrounds, the whale watching industry, travel and tourism representatives, and beyond, to share evidence and discuss strategies to ensure protection of cetaceans in southern Africa and worldwide.

To keep up to date with the event proceedings visit World Whale Conference

Whales Arrive in Durban

Winter (June – Nov) is peak-time for whale watching in this region. KZN is becoming increasingly popular as a whale watching destination when southern right whales migrate from Antarctica to Mozambique to breed. Look out for whales blowing, breaching and lobtailing in the warmer KZN waters.

South Africa is one of the best destinations worldwide for watching marine mammals, whether from land or from boats, with spectacular annual visits from southern right and humpback whales and enormous pods of dolphins year-round. Southern right whales of up to 15 metres in length, weighing 60 tons, and Humpback whales also 15 metres in length, weighing up to 35 tons can be viewed from the coast or by boat. These creatures love performing breaches, so keep an eye on the black and white giants leaping out of the water.

If you’re looking for whales, you can look out for these three signs:

Breaching – the whale leaps out of the water and falls back in with a large splash. If whales breach once, chances are they’ll breach more than three times consecutively.

Blowing – if you’re really close, you’ll hear this. The sound is accompanied by a spout of condensed water vapour.

Lobtailing – the whale slaps its fluke or tail on the water, causing a loud sound. As with breaching, this typically happens a few times consecutively.

If you are interested in booking a tour to watch these majestic giants arrival please feel free to contact our local tour operators.

Keep up to date with our latest whale sightings by following our Facebook page.

Source: News 24