Message In A Bottle/Picnic Ride

Our best kept secret ~ what better way to pop the question ~ or say that special thank you ~ show your partner how much you love them.

Send us your personal message then~ bring your loved one to the gondolas and really wow and surprise them when they find a bottle floating in the canal with your special message just for them. NB Email your personal message to us at least 24 hrs before your booking. This is something to remember forever. Enjoy this together with a picnic on the boats.We will provide the picnic in a hand crafted basket which is made right here in local Durban by the society for the blind. What better way to spend some time out and treat yourself. Gondola ride and a Picnic for two on the Gondola

Contents of Picnic: * Soft cheese * Biltong * Ferrero Roche luxury chocolates * Nougat Bar * Oreo Biscuits * Lays Chips * Grape Juice

  • We are not licensed to sell alcohol.


When you board the gondola you will not see the bottle. You will have a chance to enjoy the picnic before our trained operator floats the bottle containing your personal message during the ride without you seeing. He will point out the floating bottle and ask you to retrieve it. Open the bottle and gently lift the rose stem just enough to take your message out for your loved one to read.

Once done you can store your message in the bottle and it will be a lovely memory in years to come.



  • Ride on the Gondola down the canal and back
  • Message in a Bottle
  • Picnic


Children under the age of 2 years not permitted on board the gondolas.


Sunscreen or a hat if it is very hot and you are riding during the day.







Departure point

Gondola Dock @ Timeball Blvd - Durban Point Waterfront Canal

Location: Durban Point Waterfront Canal @ the Ushaka Village Walk end GPS Latitude = -29.868963 Longitude = 31.047157

*Drive down Mahatma Ghandi road past Ushaka *Turn left onto Camperdown road *Drive towards beach (between Ushaka and Canal) *Turn right into Ushaka B parking lot *Exit the lot on foot @ the Ushaka end, *Walk back down Camperdown road, away from the Sea towards the Canal and the 2 big anchors *You will see our Boat Dock this is where you need to be *Note all booked rides go directly to the boats

Return point

Gondola Dock @ Timeball Blvd - Durban Waterfront


Please be on time. Late arrivals will forfeit ride time. Personal message for the bottle must be emailed to us at least 24 hrs before your booking. Payment is required 24hrs before your booking. All children to be accompanied by an adult.

Only one discount offer can be used per booking. A 10% service fee will be levied on Cash Payments.

Cancellation policy

Full refunds : if rides are cancelled by 17:30 for night bookings : or 1 hour before day bookings If weather prevents your booking we will give you the option of a full refund or a chance to reschedule your booking.


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   Janine Nell

16 January, 2019
A great big thank you to the management team at the Gondolas as they have not only responded and made contact but have compensated for the situation and disappointment we endured. not on the 16th as originally planned but amends none the less. Thank you and good luck for your future. Sorry can't do a minus star rating or I would! VERY VERY disappointing. Staff not helpful at all just shrug shoulders and unfairness to the max. It is my daughter's 16th birthday and we are due for a "Surprise" Gondola ride..NOT. earlier in the week when I called the lady assured me not to stress there is ALWAYS availability and I CAN book at the kiosk and close at 18:30 but alas this was not the case as "there is fighting and we can't help you cause there plenty of people" and they have been told not to send anymore people to the gondolas as its full and closed! Lies as when we walked past no cue and a gondolas rests in bay unused!! Disgusting honestly that's it!!! no explanation nothing, disappointing. NEVER EVER again and not for my lodge guests or anyone will I recommend this total disappointing experience. as for the guy there he was so busy talking and laughing on his mobile that he couldn't be bothered.
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   olivia kunguma

15 January, 2019
Our gondola ride with Bongani was excellent! The office was a bit unwelcoming though. However, our experience on the ride was relaxing and therapeutic with a picnic basket filled with goodies.
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   Merylene Naidoo

17 December, 2018
Never thought the gondola ride would be so peaceful. Loved it. If you are in Durban, try this out if you want to just relax and take in the surroundings. Also, a side note. The river that we were on had a viewing area of baby sharks.
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   V R

8 February, 2019
Awesome experience. Needs prior booking. Luck plays its part if u want to travel during high winds. Day Rides,Romantic Night Rides, Picnics, U also get message in a Bottle floating on the water.
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   wesley bhugwandin

3 December, 2018
I booked an evening ride for my wedding anniversary and I was not disappointed. Although I was a few minutes late and the weather was not that good , our gondolier was extremely friendly and willing to go out in the rain. An unforgettable and romantic experience , the highlight of the ride is when your loved one finds a bottle floating in the lake with a personalised message for them in it(all arranged by zulumoon). Would definitely recommend the evening cruise for couples one of the best experiences in Durban.
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