Lake Saint Lucia Things to Do

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    Get Close Up at the Crocodile Center

    by Waxbag Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Nile Croc

    The St. Lucia Croc Centre was set up to help protect and conserve St. Lucia’s Nile crocodile population. There are many pools of crocodiles on displace from various ages and types. There are baby crocs, juvenile crocs, some old crocs, as well as some North American alligators, dwarf crocodiles and long snout crocodiles from other parts of the world. Croc feeding takes every Saturday at 15:00 as well as 18:30 on Wednesday.
    There is also a snake collection featuring many of the regional poisonous snakes. There is a snake demonstration given every Saturday afternoon at 14:00
    There are some displays of the ecology and geology of the St. Lucia lake system including the sea, beach, dunes, grasslands and lakes. Some are little cheesy but still informative. There is a curio shop with some interesting croc souvenirs and books as well as a cycad plant nursery.
    Light lunches, dinners, and drinks are served at the Tea Garden.

    Wheelchair friendly

    One of the most hysterical signs can be seen here. Check it out on my St. Lucia Page

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    Cape Vidal

    by Waxbag Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Cape Vidal

    Cape Vidal is more of resort area than a park. It has beautiful beaches where people like to sun themselves, kick the football around, fish, and snorkel. The dunes here run all along the coast and are 150 m high. The dune forests are facinating and have an abundance of interesting life in them. Look out for the rare Samango Monkey. There are also plenty of vervet monkey so look out for them. They will steel your food.

    There is accommodation at Bhangazi. Camping, log cabins, and dormitory beds are all available and are located in the Tewati Wilderness Area located up the dunes a bit off of the beach.

    This is also the trail head for the St. Lucia Wilderness trail (4 days)

    Cape Vidal is about 30 km north of the Croc Centre and main gate to St. Lucia Game Reserve. The road is all paved. Look out for wildlife along the road. We saw two black rhino just off the road. This is also leopard territory. Most people speed on this road just to get to the beach.

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    Visit Hluhluwe Game Reseve

    by Waxbag Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Giraffe at Hluhluwe

    Hluhluwe (shlo-shlo-wee) is apart of the Kwazulu-Natal Park system and is located 15km West off of the N12. You can rent a car at Imperial rent a car and use St. Lucia Resort as a base to explore the park. If you don't like this cheaper and better option there are full day and half day tours of the area that can be booked at the backpackers or many of the travel agencies in town.

    Hluhluwe is really one park with Umfolozi to the South. Both are connected by a corridor so the animals can move freely between both parks. Here you kind find wildlife in a beautiful landscape. The best part about thereserves in Kwazulu-Natal are the game hides. They are the best in South Africa and quite possibly the best in Africa (Quite a daring statement I know).

    These parks are particulary known for their populations of white rhino and wild dog.

    See my Hluhluwe Page for more detail information.

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    Visit Imfolozi Game Reserve

    by Waxbag Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    White Rhino

    Umfolozi is apart of the Kwazulu-Natal Park system and is 50 Km North North-West of Mtubatuba and about 80 from St. Lucia. It is really one park with Hluhluwe to the North. Both are connected by a corridor so the animals can move freely between both parks.

    You can rent a car at Imperial rent a car and use St. Lucia Resort as a base to explore the park. If you don't like this cheaper and better option there are full day and half day tours of the area that can be booked at the backpackers or many of the travel agencies in town.

    Here you kind find wildlife in a beautiful landscape. The best part about the reserves in Kwazulu-Natal are the game hides. They are the best in South Africa and quite possibly the best in Africa (Quite a daring statement I know).

    The park is particularly known for its large populations of white rhino. They can be found just about everywhere, but always seem to swing by the water holes late in the day and hang out for a long time. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi was one of the last bastions for white rhino and now many other parks get their rhinos stocked from here.

    See my Imfolozi Page for more detailed information.

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    Visit Mkhuze Game Reserve

    by Waxbag Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Zebras at Kumasinga Hide

    Mkuze is apart of the Kwazulu-Natal Park system. It is really an extention of the St. Lucia Greater Wetlands park. You can rent a car at Imperial rent a car and use St. Lucia Resort as a base to explore the park, although it is a bit far. You may want to camp at Mkhuze as it is a great option and cheap. Animals are free to move into both areas. Here you kind find wildlife in a beautiful landscape. The best part about the reserves in Kwazulu-Natal are the game hides. They are the best in South Africa and quite possibly the best in Africa (Quite a daring statement I know).

    There are no lion or buffalow in the park. However, leopard and hyena are here as well as elephant (which are now in the northern part of the park and can be difficult to spot). This is a great place for birders. The varied terraine, the shallow lake system as well as the location makes Mkuze a great place for resident and migratory birds.

    The Kumasinga Hide here is one of the most amazing hides I have ever seen. You can sit by the hours and watch the animals. No driving! It's great, it really is.

    There are no tours to Mkhuze that I am aware of. Go to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserves if you want a tour.

    Check out my Mkuze Page for more detailed information.

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    Bird Watching

    by Gili_S Written Sep 13, 2008

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    The St Lucia Wetlands Park is heaven for bird watching, you will see and hear birds where ever you go, they are everywhere, by the sea, lake and in the forest, not always easy to catch them on camera but here are few nice one I did manage to catch.

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    Whale Watching

    by Gili_S Written Sep 13, 2008

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    You can take also a boat cruise into the big wide ocean and go on a whale watch cruise. This is no fun cruise, this is an adventure, a fast boat will take you in a high speed into the deep ocean and will hunt for you the whale, the chances in St Lucia for seeing a whale is very good and so we did and it wasn't a disappointment. Just be prepared to get socking wet, go with light cloths and sandals for this trip, but maybe also something to keep you warn from the sea wind.

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    Fishing

    by Gili_S Written Sep 13, 2008

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    It seems fishing is rather popular here, I saw many do so, in this photo you can see well equipped vehicle going fishing by the sea. Did he get anything? At the time I was watching I didn’t see anything coming up.

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    Hiking

    by Gili_S Written Sep 13, 2008

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    Compare to many other places in Africa, in some of the areas here it is perfectly safe to hike and take a walk in the wild. Actually there are even guided 4 days Wilderness Trail if you wish including overnights stay in a camp.

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    St Lucia Wetlands Park.

    by Gili_S Written Sep 13, 2008

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    The St Lucia Wetlands Park is the 3rd largest national park in South Africa, offering wide range and diversity of activities and opportunities to see the nature the way it is. In the next few tips I just try to describe in brief what I saw in this beautiful place.

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    Go wildlife viewing

    by Eish Updated Dec 18, 2007

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    Not all the animals are this easy to find!
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    Wildlife is plentiful but you need to really look for it. There are many antelope in the forests (and in the Cape Vidal campground - see pic) including Reedbuck, Kudu, Nyala, Waterbuck, Impala and Duiker. Warthhogs and bush pigs are relatively easy to surprise. Wildebeest can be seen in the grasslands. You can also see hippo and crocs in the water. Buffalo and elephant are in the forest, so they say. We have seen hyena spoor on the beach. Birdwatching is great - there are 3 habitats to be found: forest, grassland and water. 420 bird species have been recorded in the park. Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles come ashore to lay eggs in Dec/Jan. Humpback whales swim past, and perhaps you will see them from the beach. Some of the Cape Vidal log cabins have bat houses set up near them, which makes it very easy to spot and watch these fascinating creatures.

    You can book for the guided Mvubu Trail - the camp office in Cape Vidal can show you where. The trail takes you through the coastal forest to the shores of Lake Bhangazi. Unfortunately, we have not been able to do it since our children are under 12. There are also self-guided trails, which we have been able to do. However, I think that since the release of elephants into the forests, there are no self-guided trails anymore.

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    Go surf fishing from the beach

    by Eish Updated Nov 8, 2007

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    My son with all his equipment

    Cape Vidal is well set up for fishing - bait is available from the main shop. In the village of St Lucia, you can buy everything you possibly need for fishing, if you have left it at home. You will need a permit to fish at Cape Vidal - in the reserve. This can be bought from the reception office in the resort of Cape Vidal (R40 when we were last there in 2006). There, you will also get a guide on what fishes are allowed, and the required sizes to keep your catch.

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    St Lucia Wetlands

    by Acirfa Updated Jun 30, 2005

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    Sunset over St Lucia

    Right on the doorstep of Bushlands Game Lodge, St Lucia is not to be missed. With beaches that you just can't wait to sink into, the sand is very hot, remember your flip flops and of course a trip by boat over the waters to get right up close to the hippos and crocs whilst enjoying a sundowner on board, you can't beat it.

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    Crocodiles in St. Lucia Greater Wetlands Reserve

    by Waxbag Updated Dec 7, 2004

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    Crocodile in St. Lucia

    There are an estimated 2000 Nile crocodiles in St. Lucia Greater Wetland Reserve. They can be seen up and down the entire lack system. One of the best ways to see crocs is to take the Hippo Lake tour that leaves from St. Lucia. The Croc Center is also a place to get some good shots and info on the crocodiles and their environment.

    Crocs spend their early years feeding on insects and amphibians in sheltered coves. They reach maturity around age 12 and reach 7 feet (2 m) and predominately eat fish and smaller antelope. Adult crocs can live up to 80 years and can grow up to 20 feet (6 m). Adult crocs can weigh up to 2,200 lbs (1,000 kg). Usually crocs are seen sitting on the shore sunning themselves. It has to be a site to see a large croc ambush a zebra or a wildebeest.

    One of the more interesting behaviours with crocodiles are the hard work the mother does in digging a hole with her hind legs and burring 20 to 80 eggs covering them with sand and other vegetation to incubate the eggs at the proper temperature. The mothers have an incredible sense as to what temperature to keep the nest as too hot make too many males and too cold makes too many females. Most nests are 50/50 male/female. When the mother hears peeping sounds she opens the nest. The small crocs can communicate while in the egg and when one starts to peep and break the egg the others shortly follow. The mother will then gather up the baby crocs in her mouth and wash them in the river. The baby crocs will stay with the mother for several months in a sheltered cove as the babies are extremely vulnerable. The Nile monitor lizard is a constant threat to the eggs and to the small crocs and are responsible for 50% of casualties.
    Crocs are incredibly well camouflaged and are extremely dangerous around the river’s edge. They are also fast runners on land over short distances. Never walk close to the water’s edge. Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they are not there.

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    Walk into the St. Lucia Game Reserve

    by Waxbag Updated Dec 6, 2004

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    Mangrove Crab

    From the Croc Center there are several trails that actually go into St. Lucia Game Reserve. There is a loop trail and a lake trail that takes you to the lake side. The trails are fairly well marked. You have a good chance to see zebra, wildebeest, warthog, and hippo if you go to the lake. I also spotted crowned hornbill for bird enthusiats, a mangrove crab if you enjoy shell fish, and a dung beetle if your hobby is entomology. Along the lake you have an opportunity to see a mangrove forest. It's quite facinating.

    Look out though! This is leopard, buffalo, elephant, croc, black rhino and hippo country. So be carefull

    One of the best parts about coming here for a walk is it's free. You don't get charged admission.

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