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  • St Lucia: Hippo and Crocodile Cruise on a 15-Seat Vessel

    1. St Lucia: Hippo and Crocodile Cruise on a 15-Seat Vessel

    Witness hippos, Nile crocodiles, and hundreds of bird species onboard a cruise departing from St Lucia. This two-hour safari gets you up close to the residents of the estuary. Discover St Lucia iSimangaliso Wetland Park, one of the largest Estuarine systems in Africa. Travel aboard an exclusive 15-seater vessel with experienced and knowledgable skippers and rangers onboard. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have and furnish you with some incredible facts and information on the area.

    The pilot / guide was very knowledgeable and obviously passionate about wildlife and the Isimangaliso Park. Not only did he tell us about the hippos and crocs, but we stopped to look at beautiful birds and trees too

  • St Lucia: Hippopotamus and Crocodile Estuary Boat Cruise

    2. St Lucia: Hippopotamus and Crocodile Estuary Boat Cruise

    On this tour, you will explore St. Lucia Estuary, which is a part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and it is South Africa's first World Heritage Site. Board the vessel, find a seat on either deck, grab your camera and get ready to set off on your cruise. Your captain will give a safety briefing and introduction, then you will be on your way, traveling slowly up river about 7 kilometers north of St. Lucia.  Cruise along the mangrove-rich shores of the estuary, as your captain points out various wildlife and tells you about the local ecosystem. When there is a sighting of a pod of Hippos or some Nile Crocodiles basking in the sun, the boat will cruise closer, and slower and allow everyone to take photographs. Your captains are also keen bird watchers, and keen photographers, so they will go out of their way to make it special. If you are lucky you might be able to spot some leopards, ele...

    The tour was informative and enjoyable, a wonderful experience. Our guide was excellent and had a good sense of humour. Abundant bird life, crocodile and lots of hippos (we saw hippos for the first time out of water). Booked the last tour of the day and enjoyed the amazing sunset on the way back.

  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi: Big 5 Full or Half-Day Safari

    3. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi: Big 5 Full or Half-Day Safari

    Experience the rolling hills of the Savannah grasslands and a magical African sunrise. Sit back and relax while your ranger takes you to the best areas within the park. With trained eyes and years of experience, your ranger will undoubtedly deliver some magnificent sightings. Learn more about this fascinating park and the incredible history of when King Shaka used the lower Umfolozi as his personal hunting grounds or how the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park single-handedly saved the rhinos from near extinction. The park is home not only to the African Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo) but also includes cheetahs, wild dogs, and many more. Enjoy breakfast and lunch at one of the numerous scenic picnic areas within the park. The tour concludes with a drop off at the Nyalazi Gate or alternatively, drop off back at your accommodation in St. Lucia.

    What a wonderful way to experience KZN's oldest game reserve. We did the full day safari with started punctually with a 5am pick up from our BNB and included a healthy breakfast and braai for lunch. The guide, John was exceptionally knowledgeable and by lunchtime we had seen a large number of rhino, elephant, lion and buffalo as well as kudu, impala, giraffe, zebra and warthog.

  • Durban: Boat-Based Whale Watching Experience

    4. Durban: Boat-Based Whale Watching Experience

    Take an exhilarating 2-hour cruise into the Indian Ocean and encounter one of the world's most magnificent mammals, the humpback whale, at close range. Admire the inquisitive whales in their natural habitat, and learn about them and other local marine life with a fully qualified whale tour guide. After greeting your guide at the meeting point, board your 11-passenger semi-rigid inflatable boat, registered with SAMSA as a suitable Whale and Dolphin Watching boat since 2012 and holder of one of the limited whale watching permits in Durban. Head out onto the deep blue ocean toward the Mozambican current, and enjoy the views from your front-facing seats with the skipper/crew behind you. From June to November every year, look out for the spectacular breaches of the whales above the water as they travel on their migratory route from the Southern Oceans to warmer tropical waters for mating an...

    Friendly & knowledgeable Skipper / Owner. Multiple whales doing full breaches, tail slapping & find extensions!

  • St Lucia: iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Full-Day/Half-Day Tour

    5. St Lucia: iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Full-Day/Half-Day Tour

    Enjoy an open game drive safari in South Africa's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start with pickup from St Lucia or Durban, and after a brief introduction, enter the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. While on safari, enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of the park as you explore numerous loop roads, outcrops, and lookout points. With knowledgeable and experienced guides, discover an abundance of wildlife species in the park. Search for Africa's Big 5 game animals: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. Spot other animals such as waterbuck, impala, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, reedbuck, chameleon, giraffe, and hyena. Enjoy a stop at Cape Vidal, a protected bay and beach area. Take some time for snorkeling or swimming in the waters surrounding this resort destination, and enjoy some lunch on site. See the highest vegetative dunes on the African continent and enjoy plenty of s...

  • St. Lucia: Cape Vidal Snorkeling Adventure

    6. St. Lucia: Cape Vidal Snorkeling Adventure

    Meet your friendly instructors in Cape Vidal, just an hour drive through iSimangaliso Wetland Park from St. Lucia. The park is a protected area that runs along the coast of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Provice, and is home to an abundance of hippos, crocodiles, penguins, flamingos, elephants, giraffes, and leopards, spanning across the various landscapes. The adventure begins with a safety briefing on the beach and time to get kitted out with all the snorkel gear. Next, head into the water for a 1 to 1.5-hour exploration of Cape Vidal’s underwater world. Follow your instructor as you go in search of marine life, with the opportunity to see stingrays, octopus, butterfly fish, sturgeon fish, and many more. By the end of the trip, you will have spotted around 50 different species of fish. Back on dry land, warm up with a cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate as you page through the fascina...

  • Cape Vidal: Full-day Snorkeling Safari

    7. Cape Vidal: Full-day Snorkeling Safari

    After pickup from your accommodations, your guide will take you on a safari drive in iSimangaliso Wetland Park. You'll have the chance to see many animals in their natural habitat including elephants, hippos, rhinos, hyenas, buffalos, zebras, wildebeest, antelopes, chameleons and if you're lucky, perhaps a leopard. Then head to the beach for 2 hours of snorkeling and discover over 50 different species of fish. If you're not a keen snorkeler, you can enjoy the beach on your own or go for a little birdwatching walk on the forest dunes of Cape Vidal with another guide. Your tour is conducted in a laid-back, yet professional manner and includes breakfast and a delicious African braai lunch.

    This was a great experience both on land and in the ocean. Sakhile was an amazing, friendly, funny, and very knowledgeable guide. I highly recommend this experience.

  • Cape Vidal iSimangaliso Wetland Park Beach and Bush Safari

    8. Cape Vidal iSimangaliso Wetland Park Beach and Bush Safari

    Learn more about the five ecosystems that make up this unique park. Discover the St Lucia Wetland Park’s and its internationally renowned beauty. Join a full day off-road exploration into this pristine Eastern Shores environment. This trip includes an ecological overview of the park, wonderful game-viewing, bird-watching, short walks, a light breakfast at Mission Rocks, visit to Cape Vidal beach with snorkeling if the tide permits (gear will be provided) and a full braai (barbecue) lunch with drinks, on an open game drive vehicle. Cape Vidal Resort is set in a bay that is sheltered by a rock reef. On either side lie kilometers of unspoiled beaches and inland lie fascinating wetlands and rich coastal dune forests. Humpback whales migrating north to Mozambique pass close to the shore at certain times of the year, while game fish such as marlin and sailfish attract anglers. Visitors often...

    It was nothing short of amazing ! Loved every minute from spotting a number of different beautiful animals to the amazing sea view at breakfast and the delicious braai lunch . Our guide made sure that the trip is the most .

  • From Durban: St. Lucia Wetlands Private Boat Ride

    9. From Durban: St. Lucia Wetlands Private Boat Ride

    The tour departs from Durban heading northward along the coast to northern KwaZulu-Natal. The first stop is the town of St Lucia and the estuary inside the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park. There you will board a river boat for a 2 hours guided tour of the estuary. The local guide will inform you of the reserves history and its incredible wildlife. Previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, iSimangaliso Wetlands Park was declared South Africa's first Natural World Heritage Site and is considered South Africa's third largest park with 280km of near pristine coastline and 328 000 hectares of magnificent scenery. The protected area is home to one of the largest population of hippopotami in SA, an estimated 1000 crocodiles as well as a wealth of plant, bird and animal life. The park was proclaimed a world heritage site because of the rich biodiversity, unique ecosystems and natural be...

  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi & Emdoneni Wild Cat Project Private Tour

    10. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi & Emdoneni Wild Cat Project Private Tour

    The tour departs from Durban heading up the coast to northern KwaZulu-Natal. You will arrive at the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi gate 2.5 hours after departing from Durban. Your experienced guide will show you around the park in search of the diverse wildlife and Big 5. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is set in the heart of Zululand where Africa’s Big 5 (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros) roam the flourishing savannah. Established in 1895 this is the oldest park in South Africa and is 98 000 hectares. This tour is in a closed vehicle. The Park contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is characterized by hilly topography. The list of animals at the park is long and diverse. Hluhluwe, the northern section of the park, is noted for its wide variety of both bird and animal life. Imfolozi Game Reserve is situated in the southern section of the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park. Today, the ...

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What a wonderful way to experience KZN's oldest game reserve. We did the full day safari with started punctually with a 5am pick up from our BNB and included a healthy breakfast and braai for lunch. The guide, John was exceptionally knowledgeable and by lunchtime we had seen a large number of rhino, elephant, lion and buffalo as well as kudu, impala, giraffe, zebra and warthog.

The pilot / guide was very knowledgeable and obviously passionate about wildlife and the Isimangaliso Park. Not only did he tell us about the hippos and crocs, but we stopped to look at beautiful birds and trees too

Follow the GPS directions , don’t get it confused with the first jetty as you enter st Lucia

Great day saw many hippos and crocs. guide was funny and very informative

Was nice, enjoyed the river and managed to see a croc