South Africa, with almost 3000km of coastline, is as much a feast for the senses cruising on its glistening waters as it is when exploring its many inland highlights. Boat Charters are a relaxing and picturesque way to capture the essence of the South African outdoors.
Boat Charter operators are usually multi-purposed offering a mixture of scheduled cruises as well as private, personalized charters:
Scheduled boat cruises are offered to the general public and depart on a regular basis at certain times. Cruises may last anything from half an hour to half a day, and perhaps even a full day. They take in the sights of the area and may also include anchoring and alighting to explore land-based sights, activities and restaurants. Types of scheduled boat cruises available include short scenic harbour cruises, sunset cruises, lunch or dinner trips, sport fishing excursions and specialized journeys to observe marine life such as whales, sharks, dolphins and seals. Some scheduled boat cruises may also incorporate land-based wildlife viewing opportunities.
Private boat charters are available for you and your small or large group with exclusive use of the vessel. The journey is tailor-made to suit your requirements, interests and budget and most boat charters come skippered and crewed. An array of vessels is available including boats, yachts, power and sailing catamarans, and houseboats. A private boat charter makes an exceptional and memorable wedding venue and is also perfect for scuba diving, special occasion functions, nature and marine photography, birding, specialized fishing trips, honeymooners and corporate functions. Perhaps a clay shooting cruise is more your style, or a romantic sunset dinner cruise for two for a picture-perfect proposal or anniversary celebration.
Cape Town’s Table Mountain makes a breathtaking backdrop for cruises launching from the V&A Waterfront, Hout Bay and Simon’s Town. On the West Coast a variety of trips depart from Langebaan and Lambert’s Bay. The Garden Route plays host to a multitude of reputable operators who offer magical cruises down the Keurbooms River near Plettenberg Bay and trips from Knysna explore the Kynsna heads and the serene Knysna lagoon. KwaZulu-Natal also offers plenty of choice with charters in St Lucia, Richards Bay and the Wild Coast.