Activities

 

"The St Lucia Wetlands Park must be the only place on the globe where the world's oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world's biggest terrestrial mammal (the African elephant) share an
ecosystem with the world's oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world's biggest marine mammal (Whale)"

Former President Nelson Mandela, 10th August 2001.

 

lion Big Five Game Reserve Safaris - Depart St Lucia for a mere 45 minutes drive to the world-famous Hluhluwe/Umfolozi game reserve. Here you can expect to see the big five (especially Rhino) up close, as these reserves have the biggest population of Rhino in the world. Enjoy lunch at a picnic spot in the park or dine at the Hilltop restaurant in Hluhluwe which has curio shopping facilities. You can either self-drive or use one of the tour operators in the area.  
bush baby Night Drives in iSimangaliso Wetland Park - Leopard, Buffalo and Hippo are some of the highlights. The park offers the visitor an opportunity to see a variety of animal life associated with a Wetland eco-system as opposed to the bush and grasslands normally found in other big five game reserves. The tour departs at 8:30pm and returns at approximately 11:30pm.
crocodile Hippo and Crocodile Estuary Tours - The big six of the water are all found in the estuary eco-system. Hippo, Crocodile, Pelican, Flamingo, Fish Eagle & Goliath Heron abound. There are at least three boat trips daily, lasting approximately two hours. Sun-downer cruises are the most popular as beautiful sunsets normally make wonderful back drops for photography.
whale Whale Watching (May - Nov) - St Lucia has the highest recorded boat-based whale sightings in South Africa. The tours are approximately three hours in duration and start at first light in the mornings. The whales frequent these warm Indian Ocean waters annually for mating purposes, which makes for a lot of activity.
turtle Turtle Tours (Nov -Feb) - Witness this miracle of nature at Cape Vidal, where the Leatherback and Loggerhead Turtles return to lay their eggs on the very same beach where they were born. The tour includes a night drive with a meal and is tide dependant. The hatchlings returning to the ocean can be seen towards the end of the season.  
Birding - More than two thirds of South Africa's entire bird population are found in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Early morning or late afternoon outings to explore birds which are rarely sighted in other parts of South Africa can be arranged with competent guides. The bird species found in St. Lucia cover a variety of habitat ranging from fauna, flora, wetlands, grasslands, Lake St Lucia, coastal, forest and migratory.
Eastern Shores – Cape Vidal with its unspoiled beaches lies 32 kilometres from St Lucia village, with easy access on tarred road. En-route, travel through the iSimangaliso Wetland Park on the Eastern Shores of Lake St Lucia, which abounds in game and birdlife. See the world's highest vegetated sand dunes and walk through dune forests teeming with a variety birdlife. Snorkel at Vidal in the warm Indian Ocean, sunbathe on clean beaches or try your hand at some surf or fly-fishing. Self-drive or use one of the area’s tour guides
fishing Surf and Deep Sea Fishing – Fish either off the St Lucia coastline or try a chartered deep sea trip. St Lucia has many deep sea tour operators with some skippers having operated in these waters for decades. Trips leave at first light and normally get back after noon depending on the catch. Spend time bottom fishing or trawling for game fish. You need to arrange your own refreshments for the day bearing in mind that alcohol is not allowed.
kayaking Canoeing and Kayaking - Get close to animal and bird life on the Estuary with experienced guides. Honeymoon Bend is a popular route for canoeists in an outing of between two to three hours. The Kayak outing to Cape Vidal, with some wave surfing, swimming and snorkeling, includes excursions on the Eastern Shores with lunch served in shaded picnic spots at Cape Vidal.
horse riding Horse Riding - Experienced rider-guides will lead you on the Eastern Shores and are always ready to assist inexperienced horse-riders. Get close to animals on horseback while exploring nature in a conservation area off limits to the general public. Enjoy bush trails or opt for some beach riding when available. Overnight horse trails with accommodation which is set up for you in tents along the trail can be arranged. This camping experience in a World Heritage-status park with prolific animal and birdlife is a must for outdoor enthusiasts. The horse trails include meals.
zulu cultural village Zulu Cultural Village - En-route to the Hluhluwe game reserve is the Dumazulu Cultural experience. This "living museum" has the distinction of being the only Zulu village that has the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelitini`s stamp of approval. Khula Village adjoins St Lucia and offers an insight into modern day Zulu living and cultural practices.
world heritage tour World Heritage Tour – This is a very interesting ecological tour of the Eastern Shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, situated between Lake St Lucia and the Indian Ocean. The tour also takes you to Cape Vidal for some swimming, snorkeling and a traditional barbecue for lunch. The whole ecology of the park as well as the relationship between different species is explored in detail. Game viewing and birding forms part of the tour.
sporting facilities Sporting Facilities Bowls, Squash, Golf and Tennis facilities are available and can be arranged at reasonable rates.

  Prices for activities  will be supplied on request and can be booked for you at no extra cost.