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Enjoy a river boat cruise or walk in an area full of magnificent birdlife.
The Isimangaliso Wetland Park system and it's central position to the rest of the Zululand Birding Route make this a special area for some excellent birdwatching either on water or land.
Cape Vidal lies within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site about 30 km north of the town of St Lucia.
Cape Vidal offers the best of two worlds - it is situated on the exquisite Zululand coast with all its amazingly rich marine life, and it provides direct access to the Eastern Shores Nature Reserve with its populations of elephant, rhino, buffalo, crocodile, hippo and reedbuck to name but a few.
Cape Vidal Resort is set in a bay sheltered by a rock reef that is completely exposed at low spring tides, providing a multitude of rock pools and prime snorkelling areas. On either side lie kilometres of deserted, unspoilt beaches ideal for long walks, while inland there are self-guided drives around the fascinating wetlands and rich coastal forests.
Let the sea set you free! Enjoy a 2 hours snorkeling adventure at Cape Vidal . Start with a safety pre-briefing intro to snorkeling, then into the water for 1 to 1 ½ hrs where you will be guided around safely, pointing out species of interest. Afterward you will be warm up with a lovely cup of coffee/tea or hot chocolate and page through the fish-id book.
An unforgettable occasion for you to get close to some of Africa’s cats, be mesmerized by the beauty of the caracal, enchanted by the playful serval, astonished by the speed and agility of the cheetah and delighted by the African wild cat.
You will have the opportunity to touch and take pictures with the Cheetah.
You will have the opportunity to see a large variety of pythons, Nile crocodiles, Dwarf crocodiles, alligators and iguanas in one place. This is a sanctuary to some of the world’s largest snakes as some can reach length of up to 14 meters. You will have one-hour show and will be able to interact with these reptiles and come as close as you feel comfortable. There is also crocodile feeding after the show.
Please be advised that all activities need to be booked through the Host Guide when you arrive.
The cut off time is 14h00 a day before the tour. We therefore advise that you book your tours in advance with the host guide to avoid disappointments.
For those of you who like the challenge of landing the big one them this is for you. A full day of game, bill and bottom fishing with an experienced skipper all bait and tackle are supplied.
Set out and catch Africa's fresh water predator, the tiger fish in the 13,276ha Pongolapoort / Jozini Dam. This is a must for keen fishermen.
Tiger Fishing (4 Hours)
Tiger Fishing (8 Hours)
A chance to have a life changing encounter when you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with these gentle African giants. Experience the thrill and excitement of been able to interact with Africa’s largest mammal. Step beyond the barriers between man and beast and become enlightened to the plight of these majestic animals.
The town of Hluhluwe is considered to be the hub of tourism in KwaZulu-Natal. This charming town on the banks of the Hluhluwe River has tourism as its principal industry.
The town is named after the thorny rope climber plant (Dalbergia Armata) which is found among the forest vegetation types in Hluhluwe Game Reserve.
Depending on the time of the year you will depart from the lodge eats will be provided for your convenience.
A must see for every guest to our country is South Africa’s oldest game reserve. Which is rich in both cultural and conservation history. The park is home to 400 elephants, 3500 white rhino, 560 black rhino, 120 lions, 55 wild dog, 150 leopards, 4000 buffalo and many more interesting animals. The park also boasts more than 300 different bird species a real treat for any bird enthusiast.
You will have the opportunity to explore this natural treasure in the comfort of an open game view vehicle with the personal attention from one of our knowledgeable guides
You will have all the benefits of the half day activity, but you will have even more time to explore the splendors of this national park. Enjoy lunch at the Hilltop Restaurant (own account) or you can order for a pack Lunch from the lodge.
Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Park - Half Day
Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Park - Full Day
It’s a unique experience for you to witness education in a rural community when you visit one of the local schools. Also get the chance to interact with the community members while visiting their homesteads.
Visit a working distillery to see how these spirits are made & enjoy a tasting experience.
Come sample farm fresh queen pineapples and hear how we turn our pineapples into a unique base spirit that we enduringly use to create our craft spirit range.
Sodwana Bay has some excellent snorkeling with warm clean water all year round. Snorkeling spots ranging from protected rock pools and the protected bay area to the offshore coral and sandstone reefs which support a colourful community of tropical fish and corals as well as larger animals such as turtles, dolphins and whale sharks.
Sodwana Bay is famous for scuba diving, but if you are not a diver but still want to experience the underwater wonders at Sodwana, join us on a Sodwana bay snorkeling trip and we will take you into a different world.
The diving here is undoubtedly some of the best that South Africa has to offer... There is something for everyone. Whether you are a novice or pro, photographer, fun diver or even if you'd just like to give it a 'try' - you'll fall in love with this underwater paradise!
The dive sites and dive times are planned the evening before, but we may need to change this on the day, if we see that the sea conditions are not ideal for the dive site originally planned.
If you’re booking your first dive of the holiday, please bring your certification card or log book with you.
You will be amazed at the sheer number of marine species when diving. The reef is home to 1200 species of fish, which compared to 1800 on the Great Barrier Reef is incredible, since it is less than 1/10th the area!
As well as many tropical and subtropical fish, you will find invertebrates, turtles, rays and sharks on any of the numerous dive sites. Speak to the Dive Masters about what interests you the most, so they can advise the best sites to visit. What is more, is our seasonal sightings of Whalesharks and Manta Rays (Dec-Apr), Humpback Whales (Jun-Oct), Ragged-Tooth Sharks (Dec-Feb), and nesting Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles (Dec-Feb), are all incredible experiences that see divers returning here year after year.
It is government legislation to hold a permit for diving in a Marine Protected Area. If you have been diving at Aliwal Shoal or elsewhere in a MPA, you can use the same permit if it isn’t expired. This 30 day temporary permit can be bought at our reception. Alternatively you can purchase an annual license at your local post office (they do sell 30 day permits as well).
Snorkeling at Sodwana Bay
Scuba Diving at Sodwana Bay (one dive) - 2 miles
Scuba Diving at Sodwana Bay (one dive) - 5 miles
There will be a surcharge of R730 pp if guests want to do an extra dive
Enjoy a guided fishing trips on Fat Bikes from St Lucia.
The use of a Fat Bike allows guests to fish areas where many people can’t get to.
We also offer beach or bush rides with the duration being dependent on the fitness of the clients.
All activities are weather dependent and when riding on the beach (ridable dependent).
The guide is registered, has qualified as a marine and field guide with 20yrs experience in this area.
We also recommend you bring your own cycling shoes & shorts.
St Lucia - Day Trip (no tours) via Western Shore
Add Beach Ride on Bicycle at St Lucia (Max 4 pax)
Add Fishing Trip on Mountain Bike & Rod at St Lucia
Depart from lodge after breakfast.
On arrival in St Lucia you will be able to enjoy a tranquil walk though the forest.
You then have 2 hours of Boat Cruise to explore the St Lucia Estuary, where you can expect to see Hippos, fish eagles, crocodiles and mud skippers. This is a fulfilling educational trip not to be missed. Toilet and bar facilities are available on the boat.
After enjoying the boat cruise, you will be taken to the nearby restaurant for Lunch (Own Account).
After lunch, you will be driven up to the beach, where you will have the opportunity to swim in the Indian Ocean.
St Lucia Boat Cruise
St Lucia Boat Cruise via Western Shore
Depart from lodge after breakfast (or sometimes early morning departure).
You will have 2 hours on board the boat with experienced skipper who will get you as close as 50m from the graceful humpbacked whales. This is one of the most sought-after trips to do between the months of June to November this is a soul stirring adventure.
Enjoy lunch at the restaurant in St Lucia (Own Account).
You then have 2 hours to explore the St Lucia Estuary, where you can expect to see Hippos, fish eagles, crocodiles and mud skippers. This is a fulfilling educational trip not to be missed.
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at the beach before heading back to the lodge.
Whale watching at St Lucia (May to Dec)
Boat Cruise & Whale Watching via Western Shore
A rare chance to see the largest elephant herd in South Africa; you will also be able to see an abundance of other game and birds in this park. Lunch will be provided, and a stop will be made so that you can enjoy your lunch.