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Activities and Excursions in and around St Lucia

Boat Cruise

Hippo & Croc Lake Cruise

Enjoy a relaxed cruise on St Lucia Estuary where you have the opportunity of sighting hippo, crocodiles and a variety of colourful bird life. We recommend the last cruise of the day for great sunsets and best hippo activity (departing 15:00 in winter and 16:00 in summer).

Game Drives

St Lucia World Heritage Site Tour

Experience the bush, forest and beach all in one day. Enjoy exploring iSimangaliso Wetland Park’s Eastern shores - game-viewing, bird watching, short walks and a visit to Cape Vidal for snorkeling.

Eastern Shores Day Drives

A morning or afternoon drive along the Eastern Shores of iSimanagliso Wetland Park. Exploring the forests, pans and grasslands all the way to Lake Bhangazi.

Eastern Shores Night Drive

Heading out in safari vehicles with spotlights, we explore the 4x4 tracks of iSimanagliso Wetland Park’s Eastern Shores. Sightings can include hippo, buffalo, leopard, spotted eagle owl, kudu, nightjars, crocodile, side-striped jackal and lots of chameleons. The endemic Sitara’s dwarf chameleon is a rare treat.

Western Shores Game Drives

Conducted in open safari vehicles along iSimangaliso Wetland Park’s Western Shores. Game viewing here can be a real treat with possible sightings of elephants, buffalo, hyena, leopard, giraffe, hippo and plenty of common game.

Western Shores Night Drive

This tour is conducted in an open safari vehicle, game viewing within the Western shores of iSimangaliso Wetland Park can be a real treat with possible sightings of elephant, buffalo, hyena, leopard, giraffe, hippo, side-striped jackal and plenty of common game.

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Drive

Explore the thrill of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve in an open safari vehicle. This is South Africa’s oldest game reserve. It is well-known for its conservation efforts of both the white and black rhino. Enjoy incredible game-viewing with the possibility of encountering the Big Five (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard) as well as cheetah, African wild dogs (hyena) and a host of common game.

Horse Trails & Safaris

Horse Ride on the Beach

Enjoy the thrill of riding on the Beach with the Indian Ocean rolling in alongside you and the wind blowing through your hair. Your ride will start at Main Beach and you will ride down the beach to the Estuary to see the hippos and crocs lounging on the banks. All levels of riding ability are welcomed and can be accommodated.

Bush Ride in the Game Reserve

The bush ride leaves from Iphiva Campsite and you will ride through the Southern end of iSimangaliso Wetland Park. You have the opportunity of seeing and riding close to zebra, wildebeest, bushbuck, warthog, duiker and impala. This is a fabulous ride for a novice as it is a gentle ride with lots of interest along the way.

Beach AND Bush Combo Horse Ride

This ride incorporates both a ride on the beach and a ride in the Southern end of iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Turtle Tours

Turtle Tracking

Enjoy a game drive to Cape Vidal, then travel 25 kms along the beach in search of nesting leatherback and loggerhead turtles and hatchlings. The sight of a 750kg leatherback labouring on to the beach to lay her eggs must rate as one of the most moving wildlife experiences anywhere in the world.

Croc Feeding

Learn more about crocs and get a close up view by going to St Lucia’s Crocodile Centre.
Croc feeding: Saturday 15:00 & Sunday 11:30

Whale Watching

This is very special and lots of fun as your hurtle out to sea to spot humpback whales, dolphins and other sea creatures. Watching a 40-ton whale breaching or spy-hopping just 50m away is an unforgettable experience.

Zulu Cultural Tour

Learn about the history and culture of the Zulu people, plus some of the problems facing modern Zulu society such as unemployment, HIV/AIDS etc. Usually includes a trip to the crèche or school during term time. There will be energetic Zulu dancing and the men/boys might want to join in the stick fighting!

Fishing Trips

Deep Sea Fishing

Sail out to sea on a boat equipped with the latest GPS and fish finders to find the ledges and reefs where your trophy fish might be waiting for you. No food is provided so as this is an early start you might want to take a breakfast pack plus extra water with you.

Saltwater Fly Fishing

The ultimate fly fishing experience - fishing the surf zone at Cape Vidal! Expert tuition available. Travel through iSimangaliso Wetland Park with the chance of spotting wildlife including buffalo, rhino and leopard en route.

Rock & Surf Fishing

Experience rock and surf fishing in Cape Vidal. Travel through iSimangaliso Wetland Park with the chance of spotting wildlife including buffalo, rhino and leopard en route.

St Lucia Bicycle Tours

Take a bicycle ride around St Lucia with a Zulu guide. Learning about the area, bird watching and spotting common game.

Elephant Interaction

Bayete Zulu Elephant Interaction

Approx. a 1.5 hours drive North of St Lucia on the N2 brings you to the Bayete Zulu elephant interaction experience. A truly wonderful experience. You will have the opportunity of seeing these majestic creatures up close and are also encouraged to feed and touch them.

Cheetah Rehabilitation Centre

Emdoneni Cheetah and Wild Cat Rehabilitation Centre

Approx. a 1 hour drive North of St Lucia on the N2 brings you to the Emdoneni Cheetah and Wild Cat Rehabilitation Centre, where you have an opportunity to interact with the cheetah and many of the other wild cat species at the centre.

Golf at Monzi

If you want to take a break from all the game-viewing and bird watching, you can enjoy a round of golf at the excellent 9 hole Monzi Golf Club.