1st Stop St. Lucia
We stayed at Umlilo Lodge where we enjoyed our very first Braai dinner with our fantastic hosts. A Braai is South African for Barbeque but for some reason a bbq in South Africa is so much better than a bbq at home.
In St. Lucia there is an amazing amount of choices for excursions.
1. Go on safari in the the Hluhluwe & Imfolozi National Park – oldest Game Reserve in South Africa. Known for it’s white and black rhino population, Hluhluwe & Imfolozi have the largest in all of Africa! That’s an amazing thing because rhinos are being slaughtered at an astonishing pace. It’s good to see that conservation efforts are being put into effect. But we are worried that it is too little too late.
Book your tour with Heritage Tours and Safaris and enjoy a braai lunch while you overlook the valley.
2. Take a River Cruise – check out the hippos and crocodiles from the safety of your platoon boat.
Book your tour again with Heritage Tours and Safaris and you’ll enjoy enjoy hot chocolate or cider while the hippos stretch and yawn as the sun sets overhead.
3. Kayak with Crocodiles – If you are feeling adventurous, skip the platoon boat and kayak in the river instead. Nothing but fibreglass separates you from the crocodiles below. The water in the estuary is an average of 1 metre deep and with 1200 crocs and 900 hippos you can be sure they are lurking below, even if you don’t spot them right away.
We booked our tour with Kayaking tours with St. Lucia Kayak Safaris start at R 290 ($32 USD). Read more about our kayaking adventure at Kayaking, Hippos and Crocs Oh My!
4. Horse Safari in the iSimangaliso Wetlands – Nothing feels quite as awesome as having wildebeest and giraffes run beside you and all around you as you sit atop a horse and look on. You feel at one with nature and get closer to the wildlife than you ever expected!
Read more about our horse safari at A World Heritage Horse Safari
We booked our Safari with Bhangazi Horse Safari and Tori will show you a great afternoon.
5. See Turtles Lay their Eggs – St. Lucia is one of the best places in the world to spot Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles laying their eggs. Your tour begins and 9:00 pm and goes until the wee hours of the morning. You drive right through the iSimangaliso Wetlands and saw rhinos, hippos and the world’s smallest lizard. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see a turtle hatching, but we did come across many previous nests.
Mother nature was at work tonight as a jakyl had dug up a nest of eggs and was feeding on turtles that were about to hatch. They were so close to making it out to sea that they were actually still moving when we came across them. The jackyl waited in the dark for us to leave and our guide told us it would be back. Sadly only 1% of newly hatched turtles make it out to sea and it looked very unlikely that any of these would survive.