Cruise in St Lucia – a place with the largest free-roaming hippo population

#KZN: Go for cruise in St Lucia – a place with the largest free-roaming hippo population

Call your family and friends and go on the St Lucia Estuary Boat cruise for a memorable time.

Hippopotamus in the water. stock photo
Two common hippopotamus in the water. The common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), or hippo. Africa/ I

The hot weather season is here. This is the perfect time to get into your bikini and head to the open waters.

The St Lucia Estuary Boat cruise is an amazing activity to experience when you are around KwaZulu-Natal.

What makes the cruise special is that you will get to cruise up one of the largest estuarine systems in Africa, which also happens to be South Africa’s very first World Heritage Site.

St Lucia has the largest free-roaming hippo population (approximately 800) in South Africa, and you will get to experience and see these giant creatures on your cruise.

St Lucia is also home to about 1,200 Nile crocodiles.

So, not only will you have the luxury of seeing hippos, but also the Nile crocodiles and hundreds of bird species.

Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise St Lucia departs from the Siyabonga Jetty every two hours, heading in a northerly direction. The cruise is for approximately two hours.

You will cruise with experienced and knowledgeable skippers or rangers.

Do not worry about packing food. You can grab something to eat at nearby restaurants - Reef & Dune, Braza, The Dirty Dog, and Ski Boat Club St. Lucia. Accommodation is available at the following lodges - At Heritage House, Elephant Lake Hotel, Amazulu Lodge, and Villa Mia 11 St Lucia.

So, just wear something comfortable, pack your binoculars, and book the St Lucia Estuary Boat cruise. You will not regret your decision! 

Main image courtesy of iStock


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