Educational Charters
Every school wants to show it students the workings of one of the biggest commercial engines and job suppliers in the region. It is important from a career aspect as well as in respect of the geographic, economic, political, social, environmental and tourism aspects of their education.

Vessel used : - Port Sail has acquired the famous flying boat tender Wagtail in order to meet the massive demand for educational charters of the Port of Richards Bay. Wagtail is a real life operating museum all on its own.

Port sail collaborates with the
National Ports Authority (NPA), the UNIZUL Science Centre, KZN Wildlife and the Bird Guides with respect to such tours.

Wagtail can accommodate 30 learners and the Yacht Sweet Waters 20, making
50 Students in total per trip 

The trip lasts one hour and covers the small craft harbour containing local and visiting yachts and passenger vessels, the Pilot Boat, Tugs, Bunker barge, Dredger and survey craft. Then it is out into the main channel showing the harbour entrance, the sanctuary area, Naval Island, the Casuarinas, the bunker berth and tanks, Control towers, the biggest coal exporting and also the biggest wood exporting terminals in the world.

Sighting of Fish eagles and dolphins is a common occurrence, The trip is accompanied by an entertaining running commentary.  The trip is confined to the harbour and does not go out to sea so the chances of getting seasick are virtually entirely eliminated.

For groups of 80 or more the trips are split in two and the group in waiting get to see the famous
NPA  corporate video.

The vessels  used are licensed as passenger vessels with the Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and are covered by insurances including passenger liability and third party cover. Nonetheless your
charter ticket still contains the standard Lloyds indemnity. The capital costs (about 3,5 mil) as well as the survey and licensing costs far exceed that of the bus transport used to get to Richards Bay, yet our prices are normally far less than the transport costs for getting to Richards bay.  The cost is R 30.00 per student for primary school children and R40.00 per pupil for High School children. These costs may well be reduced if there is a sufficient volume of inquiries in the first two years.
How to book your tour.

  1. Discuss the proposed visit with your class and the Principal
  2. Investigate what transport you will use to travel
  3. Choose the date for your visit AT LEAST TWO (2) WEEKS AHEAD Have alternative dates available
  4. Phone Dr. Izak Labuschagne at 0731 5678 25 (between 8am and 4pm weekdays) or e-mail him at to make a booking
  5. Have the information WE NEED TO KNOW ready
  6. School's Name,
  7. Your Name or the name of the accompanying educators,
  8. Preferred date and time of visit,
  9. Details of learners attending USC- number and Grade,
  10. Language preference,
  11. A contact number and e-mail address for you or the school,
  12. Whether you are visiting anywhere else on the same day.
  13. Collect the charter fees and deposit to
Bank                                             FNB
Account Name                             Port Sail Charters
Branch name                               Richards Bay
Code                                             250 355

Account Number                         620 8077 2463
  1. E-mail the deposit slip to or fax to 083 647 2185. Keep a copy to bring on the day.
  2. Finalise your transport arrangements, confirm them the day before departing,
  3. Depart ON TIME on the correct day in order to arrive ON TIME.

Please remember that we are usually on a tight schedule and need to be docked for the usual running checks before the next charter boards.  If your are late the tour will be shorter or you may miss the boat if there is another grouped booked to fill the numbers for the same time slot. There are no refunds as that slot would have been reserved for your group and could have been made available for someone else. 
What to wear
Bring soft soled shoes that will not mark the decks. Definitely no high heels etc. Bring a windbreaker / raincoat, hat and sun cream and do not forget the camera!

Come to enjoy an experience of a lifetime!

to Contact us

Phone: 0731 5678 25
Cell Fax: (083) 647 2185
Cell (073) 1 5678 25

P O Box 9705
Richards Bay, KZN, 3900
South Africa
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