Advantage Tours and Charters was the first KZN tour operating company who, in 2010, applied for the FTTSA (Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa) standard.
And we were the first to comply with all the requirements by National and Provincial Government to comply with all EPA and environmental standards:
Vessels built under SAMSA survey, keeping in mind the comfort and safety of our clientele
Four (4)-stroke EPA friendly engines
Qualified guides who have undergone all the Passenger Endorsement practices and courses
Feel comfortable in the knowledge that your clients are on a boat that is a legal iSimangaliso Wetland Park concessionaire.
Our A Team:
Riette Bennett – Owner/Operator
Joey Scholtz – Office Manager
Helen Mitchell – Booking Manager
Abigail Mncwango – Manager in Chief Advantage Tours Daily Activity List
Whale Watching – R990-00 per person
1st trip at sunrise:
• Weather permitting!!!
• Last minute specials announced on web page
Join us, from mid-May to mid-December, on our most popular TWO HOUR ocean cruise to see the mighty 40 ton HUMPBACK WHALES from as close as 50m, aboard the Advantage Charters, LEGAL BBWW permit holders with skippers and experienced marine mammal tour guides.
Sightings GUARANTEED in season or 40% of your rate will be refunded.
A soul stirring experience with the gentle giants of the ocean, this trip is promised to be a truly unique lifetime experience.
3 hours in total – PLEASE always read our conditions of admission – we need extra time to get You To-And-From the launch. We do whale watching out of St Lucia, Richards Bay and Durban.
Hippo/Croc Boat Cruise – R200-00 per person
Kids under 12- half price
• 2yrs and under- no charge
SUMMER: 10h00, 12h00, 14h00, 16h00
WINTER: 10h00, 12h00, 15h00 • 08h00 tour possible for groups of 10+
TWO HOURS of photographical magic aboard the luxury passenger ferry Advantage Cruiser to explore the St Lucia Estuary. For close up sightings of Hippo, Crocodile, Mangrove Swamps, Bird Watching and more – – from SUNSET JETTY to THE NARROWS – 6KM NORTH OF THE BRIDGE – our main emphasis is to give you more knowledge of the eco systems and go home with photographs and memories that will last a lifetime!
The boat has ample walking space, is equipped with a fully licensed bar, tuck shop, toilets, public address system and the popular sundeck for better viewing.
Advantage Cruiser is renowned for having skippers and guides who are as enthusiastic about the tour as our customers and is built to venture into shallow waters for those close-up photographs.
Ocean Adventure – R580-00 per person
With possible sightings of dolphins and other marine mammals
• Weather permitting!!!
Choose to experience this TWO HOUR trip from St Lucia and feel the thrill of a surf launch or from Richards Bay harbour for a softer start (available for larger groups). Then set out to sightings of dolphins, whale sharks, sharks, flying fish, turtles, etc. Sightings not guaranteed.
From St Lucia you might also get a chance to see the Jolly Rubino shipwreck and the second highest vegetated dunes in the world.
This tour is only from December to May
Deep Sea Game Fishing:
15 December – 5 January annually our rate will be R300pp more R1200-00 per person
• Weather permitting!!!
Come spend 6-7 Hours on the ocean aboard our 32ft Yeld Cat to catch that big one. All bait and tackle supplied, just bring your own lunch pack! All you catch is yours to keep.
Midnight Turtle Tour – R995-00 per person
This trip allows you to experience the miracle of the leatherback (weighing up to 900kg) and loggerhead turtles reproduction. Step into the world of these amazing ancient reptiles as they dodge sharks offshore and humans, crabs, badgers and jackals-on-shore to return to and hatch on these ancient nesting grounds.
Late night picnic dinner on the beach and refreshments included.
Isimangaliso Wetland Safari – R745-00 per person
08h00 – 15h00’ish
Learn more about the five eco-systems that make up this unique park. Let us show you the St Lucia Wetland Park’s (iSimangaliso) internationally renowned beauty.
Join us on a FULL day of off-road exploration in this pristine (Eastern Shores) environment.
This trip includes an ecological overview of the park, wonderful game-viewing, bird-watching, short walks, a visit to Cape Vidal with snorkelling, if the tide permits (gear will be provided). A full braai (barbecue) lunch with drinks, on an open game drive vehicle.
Horse Riding – R380-00 per person
Enjoy a horse ride along the Beach in St Lucia or Game ride within the Eastern Shores. The trips are a minimum of 1 hour long.
Combined trips with beach AND game ride can be arranged (R950-00pp). You will be accompanied by a qualified rider at all times.
Khula Cultural Experience – R400-00 per person
Immerse yourself into this highly rich and diverse culture and learn about the Zulu history. Visit the Sangoma, watch traditional Zulu dancing, visit homesteads and kraals, view beautiful beadwork and various crafts while discovering more about the magnificent Zulu people.
Request your visit to the local school. Approx. 3hours
Game Reserve Tour Imfolozi/Hluhluwe – R985-00 per person
Summer: 05h00 – 15h00
• Winter: 05h00 – 15h00
Full day excursion in an open game drive vehicle through the oldest Big 5 reserve in South Africa. Once the hunting grounds of the famous Zulu chief Shaka, the Park is renowned for its efforts in saving the white rhino from extinction and the magnificence of these first foothills off the coastal escarpment. White rhino abounds, and sightings of elephant are not unusual. The park also has lion, cheetah, black rhino, leopard, wild dog, a large population of giraffe and much more.
Includes light breakfast, gate fees, qualified guide and full lunch as well as refreshments at picnic sites.
Night Game Drive – R485-00 per person
Summer: 20h00 – 23h00
• Winter: 19h00 – 22h00
This 2.5 – 3 hour nocturnal affair takes you along the 4×4 tracks in the Eastern and Western Shores of iSimangaliso, where you may encounter various local nocturnal residents. Sightings often include hippo, buffalo, spotted eagle owls, nightjars, kudu, waterbuck, crocodile and even side-striped jackal, python and leopard. Chameleons abound, and the endemic Sitara’s Dwarf Chameleon is a rare treat. Conducted in an open safari vehicle with two spotlights.
Walking Trail – R285-00 per person
3 hour walk with an experienced guide.