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St Lucia: Hippopotamus and Crocodile Estuary Boat Cruise

4.3 / 5

57 reviews

St Lucia: Hippopotamus and Crocodile Estuary Boat Cruise

From $21.07 per person

Enjoy a 2-hour hippopotamus and crocodile boat cruise along the mangrove-rich shoreline of St Lucia Estuary with a passionate guide. Get the best photograph opportunities and information on the ecosystem as you spot an array of wildlife along the way.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • See hippos and crocodiles on your cruise of St. Lucia Estuary
  • Photograph pods of hippopotamuses and Nile crocodiles in a safe way
  • Discover animals in their natural habitats
  • Learn about the ecosystem from your captain
Full description
On this tour, you will explore St. Lucia Estuary, which is a part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and it is South Africa's first World Heritage Site. Board the vessel, find a seat on either deck, grab your camera and get ready to set off on your cruise. Your captain will give a safety briefing and introduction, then you will be on your way, traveling slowly up river about 7 kilometers north of St. Lucia.  Cruise along the mangrove-rich shores of the estuary, as your captain points out various wildlife and tells you about the local ecosystem. When there is a sighting of a pod of Hippos or some Nile Crocodiles basking in the sun, the boat will cruise closer, and slower and allow everyone to take photographs. Your captains are also keen bird watchers, and keen photographers, so they will go out of their way to make it special. If you are lucky you might be able to spot some leopards, elephants, buffalo or waterbuck on the banks of the river, but these sightings can't be guaranteed.  You are welcome throughout to ask any questions you might have during your tour.
  • Life jacket and boat safety equipment
  • Parking
  • Food and drinks
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Warm jacket
  • Binoculars
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

• Sunset Jetty, St. Lucia Estuary, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa • Sunset Jetty is inside of St. Lucia Town after the Fruit Market • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the time on your ticket

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Cash
  • Binoculars
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Wearing a costume
  • Cooler

Know before you go

  •  This boat cruise is a leisure cruise, its intent being to be educational and provide you with an enjoyable experience
  • You must sign a next-of-kin form on land before boarding the vessel
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 57 reviews

Review summary

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Spotting hippos and crocs from a boat is a must do when you are in St Lucia. It was super fun. It takes two hours and that is just right. We had booked the boat at 4 pm which is a great time. On the boat a lot is told about the environment and the animals.

February 10, 2020

Saw many hippos in the water but only one crocodile. The skipper was good at pointing out and explaining what happened and why. Maybe the boat was too big. Provided the opportunity for passengers to run around and be crowded with photographers. Still feels like a trip you should do while you're there.

November 10, 2019

August 21, 2021

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