WARD 66 councillor JP Prinsloo and his office together with Sodurba Tourism and WildOceans are currently working on a project to promote the KZN whale coast by developing and beautifying three main whale viewing points on the Bluff.
The viewpoints have been identified on Airlie and Netford Roads as well as Finnemore Place.
The Cutting (popularly known as Cuttings) is a backline reef which lies north and south of the Umlazi Canal and popular fishing / view point in Merebank. This is a popular spot for garrick, snoek, salmon, brusher. There is a pipe outlet off here in 18m which attracts a large shoal of bait fish and is a good spot for gamefish.
Directions from Marine Drive which changes into Travancore Drive. Follow this round to Tanjore Drive which runs alongside the canal. Follow this road to the car park at the end.
PLEASE NOTE: This lookout point is in a cup de sac and needs extreme caution when entering the road. There is also very LIMITED PARKING.
Airlie Road lookout point forms part of our KZN Whale Heritage Route Experience.
Which starts at the Maritime Museum:
At The Whale History Museum, situated at the Maritime Museum visitors can stroll through the Maritime Museum exploring the boats as well as experience the Whaling History Exhibition, giving insight on where our Whale Story started to where we have now come to a Conservation Era where all whales, dolphins and sea life are protected and admired. Opportunity is given to local communities to involve themselves in Whale Eco Tourism.
Wilsons Wharf – Whale Watching:
Wilson’s Wharf is where you can enjoy a Cruise through the harbour, go Whale Watching up close or enjoy a relaxing beverage or meal at one of the vibey Restaurants.
Bluff View Points:
First stop is Airlie Road.
The Ethekwini municipality is currently in progress with Netford Road and the other future lookout points are:
Treasure Beach; WESSA; Ansteys Beach; Brighton Beach; Garvies Beach; and Finnemore Place – 364 Stairs to the forgotten Beach and a scenic view of the Old Whaling Station – Accessible by foot only.
WESSA Treasure Beach – The Treasure Beach Environmental Education Centre on Durban’s Bluff is rich in history and ecological importance. It is also the site of the original radar tracking station for coastal defence during World War 2.
The roof of the building is a viewpoint to watch Whales and Dolphins moving up and down our coast.
Our vision for the Old Whaling Station is to have it declared a Museum – A museum for our Whaling Heritage; our Military and Multi-Cultural History. To create an International Tourism Attraction.
The Wildlands Whale Time Project’s goal is to bring Science, Conservation, Tourism and Community together around this iconic species.
Brighton Beach and Ansteys Beach on The Bluff is situated between Durban Central and the South of Durban. The Bluff is renowned for its world famous surf spot “Cave Rock”, unspoilt beaches and tidal pool. There are many rock pools to explore as well as excellent surfing, diving and fishing spots.
Brighton Beach, 1980
Ansteys Beach Paddling Pools
Tidal Pool, Brighton Beach
Cave Rock, Brighton Beach
Garvies Beach is a nice, long stretch of sand in front of a thick residential area within The Bluff, just south of Durban Central. Garvies is a much admired surfing spot with a strong local support, but due to it’s powerful surf, it’s best left to the more experienced surfers. When Anstey’s Beach is a little too crowded, you can always drive over to Garvies for a more relaxed time in the sun.Dolphins frolic year-round close to shore and whales are often spotted in the winter months. The thick coastal vegetation is home to many monkeys and mongoose.
With protected open spaces and no high rise buildings to spoil the coast line, these beaches maintain an environmental awareness that has prevented this area from becoming another concrete holiday town.
Treasure Beach Centre on Durban’s Bluff is rich in history and ecological importance. It is the site of the original radar tracking station for coastal defense during World War 2 and has one of the last remaining patches of coastal grassland. The Centre has been operating since 1985 and offers a wide diversity of educational experiences to all ages.
Treasure Beach Centre is one of the four Environmental Education centers run by WESSA KZN. We focus on working with local and international school groups, ranging from grade R to 12, as well as university students and trainee teachers and community members.
Their courses are conducted as a ‘hands on’ outdoor classroom experience, with interactive activities and workshops. These encourage a practical understanding of ecology, and the individual’s role in caring for the environment and preserving our National Heritage.