Hippo and Croc Boat Tour, iSimangaliso Wetland Park

The St. Lucia Estuary is the largest estuarine system on the African continent and boasts the largest concentration of hippo in South Africa. The best way to explore the St. Lucia Estuary is abroad the luxurious double decked passenger ferry. The start of the St. Lucia Estuary, the estuary mouth, is situated within the town of St. Lucia at the Southern-most point of Lake St. Lucia, within the province of KwaZulu-Natal. This area was proclaimed a World Heritage Site in 1999, and recently the adjacent Wetland Park bordering St. Lucia was renamed the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, meaning “Place of Wonder” or “Miracle”.

On this two-hour luxurious boat cruise from St. Lucia you will see the magnificent landscape of iSimangaliso Wetland Park filled with animals, mammals and vegetation that make for a must-do cruise. From the comfort and safety of the boat, you will get up close and personal to hippos and crocodiles with a professional guide and skipper. The knowledgeable guides will provide commentary on the workings of Africa’s largest estuarine system. On your tour you will get the best views of the dunes, mangroves and oyster banks. The cruise will make frequent stops for you to take in the surroundings and learn about this unique environment.

Highlights

  • Spot hippos and crocodiles in their natural environment from the safety of a boat

  • Explore the magnificent landscape of iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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After my first safari at 12 years old, I haven’t stopped going back to Africa, and love South Africa for its incredible cities, world class food and wine, and of course the wildlife. My favourite memory is tracking elephants through the bush in Phinda Game Reserve. Despite their size, they’re so good at hiding!

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