Accommodation options in the region

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St Lucia Safaris

One of the most versatile safari companies around – offering land, lake, and ocean experiences by day or night.

Website Email 035 590 1047 083 283 1528

Boat Cruises

Shoreline Boat Safaris & Turtle Tours

The first company to offer guided walking safaris along the world-famous St Lucia Estuary.

Website Email 035 590 1555 083 457 2147

Boat Cruises Guided walks Turtle tours

Shakabarker Tours

Offering a wide range of wildlife adventures with the goal of informing and educating, and creating excitement about all things wild.

Website Email 035 590 1162 082 445 6462

4x4 Game drives Boat Cruises

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife offers game drives and guided walks through the uMkhuze section of iSimangaliso.

Website Email 035 590 1340

4x4 Game drives Bird watching Boat Cruises Game drives Guided walks

Elephant Lake Hotel

Centrally located within St Lucia, guests at Elephant Lake Hotel have easy access to an array of activities.

Website Email 035 590 1001 084 854 2806

4x4 Game drives Boat Cruises Game drives

Advantage Tours and Charters

Comfortable and accessible hippo and crocodile cruises on Lake St Lucia.

Website Email 035 590 1259 083 487 2762

Boat Cruises Deep sea fishing and Whale watching

Activities in St Lucia Estuary - Link to main source here

This area is the gateway to the Eastern Shores section of the Park, which contains some of the highest vegetated dunes in the world, extensive and diverse wetland systems, as well as coastal grasslands with associated fauna.

For bird watchers, there are numerous waterfowl, grassland, forest and sea birds to be found. Animals include leopard, buffalo, bushbuck, bushpig, warthog, crocodiles, hippo and red duiker.

Beaches in the area are not protected by shark nets, nor have lifeguards on duty. Please be sensible and exercise caution when bathing in the surf, as it is an exposed coastline which has dangerous currents.

There are two self-guided trails in the area, the Gwalagwala Trail and the Imvubu Trail. The Imvubu Trail is at least 1½ - 2 hours. On this trail one can see impala, grey duiker, zebra, blue wildebeest, reedbuck and kudu.

Deep Sea Fishing

St Lucia has a ski-boat club which controls all sea launches. Deep sea fishing charters can be arranged through the privately operated St Lucia Ski-boat Club on +27 (0) 35 - 590 1376.

St Lucia Croc Centre

The Croc Centre provides an informative display on the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and includes various pens containing crocodiles of varying sizes, a tea garden and curio shop. Learn about the importance of crocodiles in our ecosystems and watch the crocodiles being fed on Saturdays at 13:30 and Sundays at 11:30. The Centre is home to the Nile, long-snouted and dwarf crocodiles.

Santa Lucia Boat Tour

The Santa Lucia is a 90-seater launch with a viewing deck and a bar. This guided tour provides sightings of hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birdlife and beautiful scenery. Each tour lasts for about two hours and advanced booking is essential.

Fishing Regulations

The bag limits are as prescribed by the Marine Living Resources Act and information brochures are available from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife offices. The following species form part of the overall bag limit: grunter, perch, kob and shad. All shad caught between 1 October and 30 November must be returned live to the water. In addition to the above, no cast-netting is allowed in the estuary. The only permissible method of fishing is with rod and line. Artificial lures are not allowed. Spinning is permitted in the sea 90 m beyond the estuary mouth but not in the estuary itself.

Bait Licenses and Boat Registrations:

Licenses for fishing and the collection of bait are required and are obtained from your nearest Post Office and St Lucia Post Office. These licenses are no longer available from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Offices. All boats must be inspected and registered with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife before use on the estuary and lake.

iSimangaliso Recommended activities - Source here

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St Lucia Tours - Whale, Dolphin and Hippo boat trips

Depending on season we will head out on one of the Whale Dolphin trips in the morning.. these are normally early before breakfast on a tour out along the beach to the launch site then out to sea to view whales breaching and cruising up and down the coast from Antarctica to above Mozambique. If you are swimming with Dolphin you can be lucky that whales swim by at the same time.

In the afternoon we will head out on a hippo tour up high into the northern regions of the St Lucia estuary to spot birds, Crocodiles, Water Monitors and many hippy of course including  a wide variety of Mangrove Biodiversity. The tour operators are knowledgable and give you a guided tour operating their boats close to whatever they have see.

Activities contacts :

Asterix Fishing Charters

Advantage Fishing Tours

Maverick Fishing Charters

Wavedancer Fishing

St Lucia Kayak Safaris

Advantage Whale and Dolphin

Ocean Experience Whales