Fancy seeing hippos playing in the water and crocodiles lurking in the reeds? Go on a river boat cruise in St Lucia and spend the day animal spotting.

St Lucia Estuary is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a recently declared World Heritage Site. It’s home to over 800 hippos, 1000 crocodiles and many different species of birds.

Hippo and croc tour - St Lucia Estuary, South Africa - Pictures of hippos in South Africa
Hippo and croc tour – St Lucia Estuary, South Africa – Pictures of hippos in South Africa
Booking your tour

Tours leave the dock hourly and take around 30 passengers on a 2-hour tour of the river. Get ready for weird and wonderful facts, plenty of laughter and even sound effects! Guides are massively enthusiastic and will happily answer all your questions.

Enjoy a river boat cruise in St Lucia, South Africa - Pictures of St Lucia Estuary
Enjoy a river boat cruise in St Lucia, South Africa – Pictures of St Lucia Estuary

Prices cost from 170ZAR and can be bought from tour agencies or the dock. Look out for special offers – Budget Backpackers is currently offering 10% off 10am tours.

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