Delegates of the World Whale Conference 2017 are invited to take part in one of two local excursions on Saturday 24th June, prior to the start of the conference.  Delegates may choose from a whale watching tour or  delegates not wishing to attend the Welcoming of the Whales festival, a land-based safari in Tala Game Reserve. The safari option is also available after the conference on Friday 30 June.

Whale Watching Tour

WCA Partner, Advantage Tours offer fantastic whale watching cruises within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, located on the southern-most tip of the Elephant Coast, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. They were successful in acquiring the only Boat Based Whale and Dolphin Watching permit for the St Lucia section of the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park in 1998.


Da Boss: Advantage Tours
Da Boss: Whale watching vessel for World Whale Conference 2017 delegates
With Advantage Tours, conference delegates can enjoy a 2-hour whale watching cruise out of Durban Harbour on the morning of Saturday 24th June, hoping to catch a glimpse of the migrating humpback whales on their way north along the African coastline, and other marine animals. The cruise will be onboard the 40 seater vessel, DA BOSS. This cruise is solely for delegates of the World Whale Conference 2017.
  • When:  24th June 2017
  • Departs: 08.00 and 10.00
  • Returns: 10.00 and 12.00
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Where: Depart/return from ISLE OF CAPRI offices in Wilsons Wharf Harbour, Durban
  • Price: ZAR 900:00 pp


To book, visit – and choose the online booking for DURBAN WHALE WATCHING. Tickets must be paid for at the time of booking.

Advantage Tours
Advantage Tours



Transfers can be arranged to/from your accommodation to Durban Harbour with AquaTours
Official Tours & Transfers Company for World Whale Conference 2017

Tala Game Reserve Safari

Aqua Tours, the Official Tours & Transfers Company for World Whale Conference 2017, would like to invite delegates on a mini safari to Tala Game Reserve.

Tala Game Reserve
Giraffes seen on safari in Tala Game Reserve

Delegates will be collected from their hotel, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city and journey into the gently rolling countryside of the Natal Midlands to one of Kwazulu Natal’s best kept secrets, Tala Private Game Reserve.

Spanning over 3,000 hectares and incorporating many diverse natural environments, the reserve features well over 380 bird species, with big game that includes rhino, kudu, hippo, giraffe and the rare sable antelope. Several distinctive and remarkable plant species are also to be found. The fiery aloe in full bloom, the imposing euphorbia and the smell of the fragrant wild sage on a dewy morning make every stay at the reserve unique and memorable. Experience the spectacular scenery and game viewing in an open vehicle.

  • When: Saturday 24th June and Friday 30th June
  • Departs: 9:00  
  • Returns: 15:00
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Where: Pick up from hotel
  • Price: ZAR 1200.00 pp

To book, contact AquaTours directly at All bookings will need to be prepaid in full. Minimum of 4 passengers required.

Aqua Tours and Transfers