St Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park Safari and Tour
Wetland Park Safari and Tour
St Lucia and iSimangaliso Wetland Park
R 2 190 per person based on a minimum of 2 Clients.
R 4 100 Solo Traveler rate
St Lucia safari tours depart from Durban in the early morning. Your guide will educate you on the History of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa on route to St Lucia – Isimangaliso Wetland park. Just before arrival a briefing will be given regarding St Lucia itself otherwise known as Isimagaliso Wetland park.
Once we have arrived in St Lucia, we will make our way to the Crocodile center where KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife are trying to educate the public on the plight of these amazing creatures. After your guide takes you on a Tour through the Crocodile center he will take you to the Santa Lucia Boat which will be a 2-hour educational and enjoyable estuary cruise where you are guaranteed to see Hippos and hopefully a few crocodiles and birds. The game reserve surrounding the estuary is home to 4 of the Big 5 only missing the Lion. Lions have now been introduced further north in the Mkuze game reserve after a 44-year absence.
After the boat cruise, we enter the small town of St Lucia where at night Hippos wonder the streets to get to the grassy areas to feed. We will feed ourselves at one of the town’s restaurants before heading down to the river estuary mouth. At the Estuary mouth we will do a board walk down to the Indian ocean where we will view Maphelane the Second Highest Vegetated Sand dune in the World. After this it is time to return to Durban.
The St Lucia safari tour is conducted in comfort with your experienced tour guide.
WHY WE THINK YOU’LL LOVE IT
✓ Visiting South Africa’s first proclaimed world heritage site.
✓ Incredible biodiversity with 5 different ecosystems in one area.
✓ One of the only places you will find Hippo, Crocodiles and Bull Sharks sharing the same Estuarine waters.
7.00 AM: Pickup
7.00 AM – 10.00 AM: Transportation
10.00 AM – 12.30 PM: Isimangeliso Wetland Park
12.30 – 2.45 PM: Boat Cruise
3.00 PM: Departure
6.30 PM: Arrive back in Durban
The St Lucia Wetlands Park, now known as Isimangeliso (meaning miracle and wonder) Wetland Park is an amazing place with 5 different ecosystems ranging from coral reefs and sandy beaches to subtropical dune forests, savannas and wetlands.
Animals occurring in the park include elephant, leopard, black and white rhino, buffalo and in the ocean, whales, dolphins, and marine turtles including the leatherback and loggerhead turtle. The park is also home to approximately 526 bird species making it a bird watchers paradise.
Britain colonised the area in 1895 and turned the place into a wildlife reserve and established the holiday town of St Lucia. St Lucia was first named in 1554 Rio de la Medaos do Oura (River of the Dows of Gold) by the survivors of the Portuguese Ship, the Saint Benedict. At this stage, only the Tugela River mouth was known as St Lucia. Later in 1575 the Tugela River was named Tugela. On 13 December 1575, the day of the feast of St Lucy, Manuel Peresterello renamed the mouth area to Santa Lucia.
Due to the fact that the park is comprised of 5 different ecosystems and its unique global value, the St Lucia Wetlands was named as South Africa’s first World Heritage site, decided upon by UNESCO on 1 December 1999.
- Group Rates are available on request.
- Entrance Fees
- Listed Activities
- Transport – Pick-up and Drop-off
- Bottled Water (We only supply a limited number of bottles per day, should you require additional, this will be for your own account)
- Items of Personal Nature
- Beverages: Beer; Wine; Cold Drinks
- Any other items not listed in the Inclusion