Turtle Tracking

Join this tour between November and March when Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles come ashore on the golden beaches in the St. Lucia Turtle Sanctuary, to lay their eggs. On the St. Lucia turtle nesting tours, you will drive along the beach at night in search of turtles. At certain stages during the nesting process, turtles can be approached, viewed and photographed without causing disturbance to the turtles.

Once the female Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles have nested, the eggs incubate for about 65 days, depending upon nest temperatures. You will drive along the beach in the turtle sanctuary with very dim flashlights looking for baby turtles as they move down towards the ocean. If you are going to be in South Africa in the St. Lucia area, this is a phenomenon not to be missed.

The tour will depart from St. Lucia and once you arrive at the Cape Vidal beach your guide will deflate the open game drives tyres and then you are officially off on a turtle tour along the beach, the stretch of beach that you will 4x4 on is a reserve and the distance that you will travel is approx. 27km before you get to the sanctuary. It is along this stretch of beach that you will be looking for the turtles. Please note that sightings are not guaranteed. While you travel through the Eastern shores of iSimangaliso Westland park en-route to the beach at Cape Vidal you might come across various animal species that frequently visit the area, such as the hippo, buffalo, antelope and even the odd leopard!

Highlights

  • Track the Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles on the golden beaches of the St. Lucia turtle sanctuary

  • Spot the odd leopard on the way!

  • Between November and March turtle tracking is a phenomenon not to be missed

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