St Lucia day safari – Isimangaliso Wetland Park
The St Lucia Wetlands aka Isimangeliso 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 on 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.
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 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 Saint Lucy, Manuel Peresterello renamed the mouth area to Santa Lucia.
Begin your St Lucia safari from Durban with Tim Brown Tours.
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.
The St Lucia Wetlands are South Africa’s first World Heritage site decided upon by UNESCO on 1 December 1999. The reason being the 5 different ecosystems mentioned above.
Once we have arrived 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 very 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 towns 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.
Safari tour Price – Based on a minimum of 2 Clients R1950 per person, Group Rates are available on request.
Solo Traveler rate: R3500
Please note: Lunch is not included in the price quoted. We do provide bottled mineral water.