Silversea Expedition Cruises A Richards Bay

Richards Bay

Founded in the 1880s, during the Anglo-Zulu colonial wars, Richards Bay was named after British Rear Admiral Sir Frederick William Richards, who landed a naval force here. An early claim to fame came in 1891, when colonial adventurer John Dunn killed a 22-foot crocodile in the estuary still one of the largest ever documented but the town remained a backwater with a population of less than 200 people until as recently as 1968. View more

Today, Richards Bay is the major port in the region and is adjacent to significant mineral deposits, which have contributed to the town's massive growth. Visitors may be more interested in what awaits beyond in the hinterland.

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Zanzibar A Durban
  • Africa & Indian Ocean
  • Silversea Expeditions
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    nov 27, 2018
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Durban A Maputo
  • Africa & Indian Ocean
  • Silversea Expeditions
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    dic 13, 2018
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    6 Días
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Excursiones en Richards Bay

Silver Shore Privato – Private Van with Driver/Guide – Full Day

Explore Richards Bay at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato – Private Van with Driver/Guide – Half Day

Explore Richards Bay at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato – Private Car with Driver/Guide – Full Day

Explore Richards Bay at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato – Private Car with Driver/Guide – Half Day

Explore Richards Bay at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Shakaland Zulu Village

Depart from the quayside in Richard's Bay and drive by coach via Empangeni to Shakaland, and Duma Zulu Village. Shakaland was built initially for Shaka Zulu, a TV mini-series about King Shaka that was made in South Africa in the mid-1980s, but the attention to detail by the set designers meant there was little work needed to transform it into an authentic cultural experience.


Upon arrival you are met by a Zulu guide and served a welcome refreshment. Then you are invited to relive the excitement and romance of the days of King Shaka, the King of the Zulus.


Walking through the village, you will see a variety of displays including Zulu women creating beadwork, weaving mats, sculpting pottery, baking bread and brewing Zulu beer. The Zulu men will show you how to make a spear & shield and how to build a Zulu 'beehive' grass hut. Your guide will interpret the daily activities and you will have the opportunity to view a short audio-visual presentation.


Next, you are invited into the Chief's Hut where Zulu dancers will perform rhythmic drum dances and tribal members will recreate a ritual by the Sangoma (traditional healer).


Following this performance, a traditional Zulu buffet lunch will be provided at a restaurant overlooking the Umhlatuze Lake.


Before re-boarding your coach for the return drive to Richard's Bay and your awaiting ship, some leisure time is available to explore the village on your own and to visit the local curio shops.


Please Note: Most of the tour takes place outdoors and involves a moderate amount of walking. This tour is not recommended for guests who have walking limitations. It is Zulu custom for young, unmarried women to go topless. No photographs or videos may be taken of the Sangoma (traditional healer). The village has mostly gravel ground, which can be slightly muddy after heavy rain. Guests are advised to wear flat, comfortable walking shoes, sun hats, sun block & sunglasses.

Golf at Richards Bay Golf Club (18-Holes)

Embrace the spectacular beauty of Lake Mzingazi in a relaxing new way during this memorable, full-day golfing excursion at the Richards Bay Country Club.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute transfer to the Richards Bay Golf Club. Situated along the shores of beautiful Lake Mzingazi, this approximately 5,577-yard (about 5,100-metre) Par-71 golf course is among the most scenic and challenging layouts in Zululand. Co-designed by Gary Player, it was upgraded by Peter Matkovich in 2007.


Upon arrival, register at the Pro Shop, then warm up on the driving range before commencing your 18-hole round of golf. At the conclusion of your golf outing, commence the approximately 30-minute transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable golf attire, soft spikes and sun protection are recommended; jeans and/or rugby shorts are not permitted. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. The following are not included in the cost of the tour and is at guests own expense and paid directly at the Golf Club: Bucket of Practice Range Balls ZAR 30 for 50 balls, Sleeve of New Balls: ZAR 75 - ZAR 150, Caddy Fee if Available: ZAR 150 caddy and ZAR 100 for spotter, Ride-Along Fee for Guest accompanying Golfer (will not golf): ZAR 180 per person per cart.

St. Lucia Nature Reserve - Hippo Haven

Take a journey in to a haven for gigantic hippopotamus and fierce crocodiles during this half-day boat cruise on Lake St. Lucia.


South Africa's abundant bird and wildlife species are yours to discover during this scenic cruise at the St. Lucia Wetland Park - now known as iSimangaliso Wetland Park.


Depart the pier for the drive north to the beautiful iSimangaliso Wetland. Upon arrival, embark your boat for a leisurely two-hour cruise on Lake St Lucia. Along the way see mangrove swamps, prolific birdlife, oyster banks with stories of days gone by, the second highest vegetated Dunes in the World.


You may also catch sight of the basking and nesting sites of the Nile crocodile and the hippos that make their homes in the estuary - the greatest confluence of crocodiles and hippos in South Africa.


Following your cruise, disembark your boat and re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves little walking but over uneven terrain from the coach to the dock, with a few big steps to negotiate to get down to and into the boat. It is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Wear comfortable clothing and bring protection from the sun. Binoculars are a must; please remember to bring the ones in your suite with you for this tour, as there are none available onboard the boat. The drive from the pier to iSimangaliso Wetland Park is approximately 1.5 hours in each direction. Due to the natural habitat, wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. The bottom deck is covered; the top deck is open. The boat is not for the exclusive use of Silversea.

Programas en tierra en Richards Bay

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: 2 Nt. Phinda Private Game Reserve

Seven diverse habitats at Phinda Private Game Reserve shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and black and white rhino. A two-night stay offers a better opportunity to leave the road and track down the reserve's incredible diversity of mammals.

02MIDRCB-D Two-Night Phinda Private Game Reserve

Departure: Richards Bay

Duration: 2.5 Days / 2 Nights

Departure: Durban

Reserve by: 90 days prior to sailing

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.

Indulge in a two-night stay at Phinda Private Game Reserve as you escape to discover Africa's wildlife in four-wheel drive open vehicles whilst enjoying a touch of luxury during your bush experience. Situated in the lush northern KwaZulu-Natal, Phinda Private Game Reserve comprises 43240 acres (17500 hectares) of prime conservation land and offers guests every opportunity to enjoy the essence of an African safari experience. Phinda offers viewing of the Big Five and is the proud winner of prestigious ecotourism awards.

DAY ONE - Richards Bay / Phinda Private Game Reserve

Depart the ship in Richards Bay and travel by luxury coach the 3 hours to Phinda Private Game Reserve. On arrival at the Reserve's main gate, you are met and transferred in open 4x4 vehicles to the Phinda Forest Lodge. A welcome drink is served whilst registration cards and indemnity forms are handed out to be signed. Then, enjoy a light lunch, after which you will be shown to your rooms. (Rooms are not usually available before 2:00 p.m.) The guest area is a magnificent u-shaped building with central al fresco courtyard, which provides seductive comfort between exciting game drives. The intimate sitting areas are filled with sunlight, and the dining area overlooks the Reserve with the Ubombo Mountains in the distance.

Gather for afternoon tea on the patio before departing on a late afternoon game drive in four-wheel drive open vehicles. These provide off-road tracking for Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo. After dark, spotlights are used which may reveal nocturnal creatures and carnivores out hunting.

Sundowners and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush, followed by the drive back to the lodge and dinner.

Overnight in Phinda Forest Lodge - Phinda Private Game Reserve.



DAY TWO - Full Day Phinda Game Experience

Awaken just before sunrise to take part in an early morning game drive. Nothing quite compares to the sounds of the African bush as the sun rises from the morning mist. It is an ideal time to venture out on a game drive and observe a large variety of wildlife. Return to the lodge for breakfast, after which you have the remainder of the day at leisure. Lunch will be served at the lodge.

In the late afternoon, after tea is served, join your ranger and tracker on another game drive, including drinks and snacks in the bush. Then return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight in Phinda Forest Lodge - Phinda Private Game Reserve.



DAY THREE - Phinda Private Game Reserve / Durban

Don't miss this opportunity for a final early morning game drive. After an early wake-up call, gather in the living area for tea/coffee and biscuits. Thereafter, depart on a game drive at sunrise, a time that is particularly exciting when the bush comes to life. After approximately two hours of tracking wildlife, return to the lodge and enjoy a full breakfast. Then, prepare to return to the Main Entrance and board the motorcoach for the 4 hour ride to Durban. The Lodge will provide a nice boxed lunch for you to enjoy enroute.

Re-join the ship with fond memories of an intimate and thrilling African safari experience.

Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is recommended to guests who are physically fit. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Getting in and out of safari vehicles requires a certain amount of agility and may be a problem for guests with limited mobility. The game drive vehicles traverse uneven terrain and can be bumpy, making it unsuitable for guests with back problems. The contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to weather conditions and movement of wildlife on the reserve. This Land Adventure involves touring in the outdoors and guests should expect to be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing, but bringing a windbreaker for the evening and early morning game drives. Since the safari vehicles are open, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera, binoculars and a swimsuit. Phinda is in a low-risk malaria area and medical precautions are not a requirement for participation; however, guests should check with their physician for their recommendation regarding malaria medication. Phinda offers additional programs for you to enjoy your time at leisure. Details on their SCUBA diving, bush walks, and zulu village tours, pricing and other options are available at the Game Park. These programs are contracted and delivered directly with Phinda and are not included as part of the Silversea program. The lodge management reserves the right to change the programme without prior notice.

Programme Includes:

· Two-night stay at Phinda Forest Lodge - Phinda Private Game Reserve

· Two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners (all beverages are included with meals, except champagne, cognac)

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers, rangers, trackers and lodge staff, excess luggage fees assessed by the airline, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, private game reserves, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: 1 Nt. Phinda Private Game Reserve

Discover Africa's wildlife in four-wheel drive open vehicles whilst enjoying a touch of luxury during your bush experience. Situated in the lush northern KwaZulu-Natal, Phinda Private Game Reserve comprises 56,800 acres (23,000 hectares) of prime conservation land. Seven diverse habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and black and white rhino.


01MIDRCB-B Phinda Private Game Reserve  

Departure: Richards Bay

Duration: 2 Days/1 Nights

Re-join ship: Durban

Reserve by: 90 Days Prior to the start of your Cruise



This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date.  Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.


Discover Africa's wildlife whilst enjoying a touch of luxury during your bush experience. Situated in the lush region of northern KwaZulu-Natal, Phinda Private Game Reserve comprises 43,240 acres (17,500 hectares) of prime conservation land. Seven diverse habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and black and white rhino. Exciting game drives in 4-wheel drive open vehicles allow freedom of movement and the ability to leave the road and track down the reserve's incredible diversity of mammals. Phinda is the proud winner of prestigious ecotourism awards.  


DAY ONE - Richards Bay/Phinda Private Game Reserve

Depart the ship in Richards Bay and travel by luxury coach the 2.5 hours to Phinda Private Game Reserve. On arrival at the Reserve's main gate, you are met and transferred in open 4x4 vehicles to the deluxe Forest Lodge. A welcome drink is served whilst registration cards and indemnity forms are handed out to be signed. Then, enjoy a light lunch, after which you will be shown to your rooms. (Rooms are not usually available before 2:00 p.m.) There is time to freshen up and enjoy the amenities of your deluxe accommodation, complete with sitting area, personal bar, private veranda with plunge pool and romantic al fresco shower.


Guest areas include a spacious u-shaped building with a central courtyard incorporating sitting and dining areas. A shaded terrace offers spectacular views of the Lebombo Mountains and bushveld.


Gather for afternoon tea on the patio before departing on a late afternoon game drive in 4-wheel drive open vehicles. These provide off-road tracking for Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo. After dark, spotlights are used which may reveal nocturnal creatures and carnivores out hunting.


Sundowners and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush, followed by the drive back to the lodge and a sumptuous dinner.  


Overnight in Forest Lodge - Phinda Private Game Reserve.


DAY TWO - Phinda/Durban

After an early wake-up call, gather in the living area for tea/coffee and biscuits. Thereafter, depart on a game drive at sunrise, a time that is particularly exciting when the bush comes to life. After approximately two hours of tracking wildlife, return to the lodge and enjoy a full breakfast. After breakfast, prepare to check out and depart Phinda for the 4 -hour journey to Durban. Your return to the ship concludes your Phinda Safari experience.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is recommended to guests who are physically fit.  It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The game drive traverses over uneven terrain and can be bumpy, making it unsuitable for guests with back problems. The contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to weather conditions and movement of wildlife on the reserve. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing, but bringing a windbreaker for the evening and early morning game drives. Since the safari vehicles are open, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera, binoculars and a swimsuit. Phinda is in a low-risk malaria area and medical precautions are not a requirement for participation; however, guests should check with their physician for their recommendation regarding malaria medication. Animal sightings are frequent but cannot be guaranteed.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night at Forest Lodge (or similar) - Phinda Private Game Reserve

·        One breakfast, one lunch and one dinner (all beverages are included with meals, except champagne, cognac)

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers, rangers, trackers and lodge staff, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Phinda Private Game Reserve