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St Lucia Estuary Boat Cruise

  • Boat cruise around St Lucia Estuary
  • See hippos, crocodiles and more in their native habitat from the comfort of a double-decker boat
  • Ideal for families and bird-lovers
St Lucia Estuary Boat Cruise
From US$ 17.36
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St Lucia Estuary Boat Cruise
From US$ 17.36
Enjoy a leisurely cruise around South Africa's stunning St Lucia Estuary (iSimangaliso Wetland Park) aboard a double-decker boat. Keep an eye out for crocodiles and hippos as you meander through wetland waters, along with possible sightings of eagles, vultures, African broadbills and dozens of other bird species. Enjoy onboard snacks (own expense) as you travel, savoring the surrounding scenery. St Lucia is an approximately 2.5-hour drive from Durban.
This day trip includes the expertise of a professional guide.
What to Expect
Board the charming Santa Lucia, a double-decker boat on St Lucia Estuary. The boat is big enough for all guests to be able to get amazing views of this World Heritage Site. The cruise is perfect for the whole family.
The cruise lasts two hours, and from the water you should see hippo, crocodiles and other game species.
You may even be lucky enough to see eagles swoop down for their daily meal of fish! The boat has a coffee, snack and full bar on board to make sure you are comfortable and enjoying your experience at it's best.
Summer: 8am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm (01 October - 31 March). 
Winter:  8am, 10am, 12pm, 1pm, or 3pm (1 April - 30 September). 
**When booking please can you indicate your preferred departure time.**
Reviews (19)
1 - 5 of 16 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this boat trip. We took the late afternoon cruise and we got fantastic photos of hippos and one crocodile. The abundant bird life is wonderful. The cruise was extremely informative, a lot of fun, and we highly recommend it.

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Norma M
Reviewed 18 January 2019
Boat trip

We went on Adventures Tours boat. We saw three pods of hippos. We got close up to them. Unfortunately we did not see any crocodiles. The captain gave us lots of interesting information. The trip lasted for two hours.

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank 9,09,09,02,014
Reviewed 5 November 2018
Hippo watching tour

We rode on Santa Lucia Boat Cruise which was a two hour tour. The boat has two decks upper and lower deck. The upper desk had exposed us to an unforgiving sun, while the lower deck was cool and more closer to river water. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Themba M
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile
Exciting River Cruise with Lots of Hippopotamus

Exciting yet relaxing River Cruise with lots of Hippopotamus along the river. Crocodiles & local birds can be spotted too. The cruise has 2 storey with toilet & snack shop.

Thank mea97tnh
Reviewed 24 September 2018
Hippos, hippos, and hippos with a side order of very large crocodiles

I didn't imagine the large number of hippos including baby hippos I saw. The captain was easy to understand and extremely helpful in getting safely close to the animals and finding crocs near the water. There were many baby hippos playing with the adults, one...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank TheDad50
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10 March 2019|
Response from Norma M | Reviewed this property |
We booked it an hour before the trip. However, in high season it would be better to book in advance.