1. South Africa
  2. KwaZulu-Natal
  3. St Lucia
  4. iSimangaliso Wetland Park

St Lucia: Hippopotamus and Crocodile Estuary Boat Cruise

Product ID: 244652
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Enjoy a 2-hour hippopotamus and crocodile boat cruise along the mangrove-rich shoreline of St Lucia Estuary with a passionate guide. Get the best photograph opportunities and information on the ecosystem as you spot an array of wildlife along the way.
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Duration: 2 hours
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Wheelchair accessible

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  • See hippos and crocodiles on your cruise of St. Lucia Estuary
  • Photograph pods of hippopotamuses and Nile crocodiles in a safe way
  • Discover animals in their natural habitats
  • Learn about the ecosystem from your captain
Full description
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, elephants, buffalo or waterbuck on the banks of the river, but these sightings can't be guaranteed.  You are welcome throughout to ask any questions you might have during your tour.
  • Life jacket and boat safety equipment
  • Parking
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Warm jacket
  • Binoculars
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

• Siyabonga Jetty, ST LUCIA ESTUARY, Kwazulu Natal , South Africa • Arrive 30 minutes prior to the time on your ticket • The location is close to the bridge entrance of St Lucia Town

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Cash
  • Binoculars
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• This boat cruise is a leisure cruise, its intent being to be educational and provide you with an enjoyable experience
• You must sign a next-of-kin form on land before boarding the vessel

From US$ 16.36 per person

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