ISIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK TOURS (Eastern shore):
Discover the many treasures of the park. Guided tours in safari vehicles or self-drives tours in your own vehicle will give you the opportunity to discover an impressive variety of animals (hippos, crocodiles, black & white rhinos, zebras, wildebeest, elephants, giraffe, buffalo, leopards, hyenas, many species of antelope and a large array of birdlife), the rock pools at Mission Rocks, Cape Vidal, Banghazi lake, a number of gravel roads (accessible with sedan cars) through the different ecosystems, short walks to beautiful lookout points with views of the Indian ocean, rolling grassland and lake St Lucia will give you the opportunity to experience nature close up, to taste, smell and feel the bush….
BIG 5 GAME DRIVES:
There is nothing as iconic of Africa as the Big 5. In the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve,once the hunting grounds of the famous Zulu chief Shaka, is renowned for its efforts in saving the white rhino from extinction and the magnificence of these first foothills of the coastal escarpment. White rhino abound and sightings of elephants are not unusual. The park also has lion, cheetah, black rhino, leopard, wild dog, a large population of giraffe and much more. Bird sightings may include lesser jacana, Lappet-faced vultures ,bateleur eagles, white-headed vultures, southern banded snake eagles etc…Guided safaris in open vehicles or self guided safaris in your own vehicle can be organized.
BOAT TRIPS AND SUNDOWN CRUISE:
A wonderfully relaxing boat trip on the estuary with spectators such as hippos, crocodiles and beautiful birds will leave memories of St Lucia that will always be treasured.
(Seasonal) From June to November, humpback whales pass along the coastline during their annual migration from their feeding grounds in the Antarctic, to calve off the coast of Mozambique. These phenomenal mammals can weigh up to 45 tons and are sometimes visible from the shoreline, however a boat-based whale watching tour is highly recommended.
(Seasonal) From November to March the female turtle emerges, from the sea at night, seeking a suitable site to dig a 1 meter deep nest…. Experience the miracle of nesting of the leatherback ( weighs up to 900 kgs) and loggerhead turtles! Step into the world of those amazing and ancient reptiles as they dodge sharks offshore as well as humans, crabs, badgers and jackals on shore to return and hatch from these ancient nesting grounds.
A nocturnal tour with qualified guides
Explore marine magnificence: Scuba diving and snorkeling are found to various destinations within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, from Cape Vidal to Sodwana Bay. Sodwana Bay is one of the top 10 diving sites in the world. Over 1200 species of fish, whales, sharks (including whale-sharks), manta ray and the rare coelacanth have been recorded. The reefs harbor 95 known species of 43 groups of hard coral and 11 known groups of soft coral.