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Richards Bay Shore Excursion: Small Group Isimangaliso & St Lucia

Richards Bay Shore Excursion: Small Group Isimangaliso & St Lucia

By Springbok Atlas Day Tours
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We depart Richards Bay harbour and drive North to the Village of St Lucia. We embark on a visit to Cape Vidal. Cape Vidal falls within the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park (Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park) and is situated north-east of St Lucia. It has the best of both worlds with access to the eastern shores of Lake St Lucia where there is a variety of game including reedbuck, other antelope, hippos, crocodiles and buffalo, spectacular water, forest and grassland birds and the wonderful Indian Ocean shore line with its startling array of marine animals. After a light picnic lunch, we exit the park and enjoy a 2 hour cruise on Lake St Lucia, one of South Africa’s 10 World Heritage sites. Here we will have the opportunity to view crocodiles and hippos in their natural habitat. We return to the harbour in the late afternoon Please note that subject to boat cruise availability, the sequence of events may be changed around
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R 5 815,00
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Ages 12-99
Duration: 7h
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  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • light lunch
  • Boat Cruise
  • Entrance in Isimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Entry/Admission - iSimangaliso Wetland Park
What's not included
  • Drinks and all extras not mentioned


Start:
  • Richards Bay Harbour, Richards Bay, South Africa
    Guests will be met shore side as soon as they disembark the ship. The guests will be able to identify the guide by the guide having a name board with guests names.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2382P185

    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Minimum 2 persons required
    • Tour departure is subject to ship arrival and departure times
    • Cullinan Guided Journeys strictly follow the SA Government approved TBCSA Health and Safety COVID-19 Protocols. Should guests present COVID-19 symptoms, COVID testing and quarantine will be at their own cost. We recommend that you ensure that your guests take adequate personal travel insurance cover before departure from home.
    • * Ship should arrive night before or early morning and guests need to be disembarked by 07h30.
    • Ship departure time should not be before 20h00
    • Small Group Tour, guests may be joined by other guests who are on the same Cruise ship.
    • The Boat Cruise is Scheduled and possibility of other guests not from the cruise may be on board.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    How much is Richards Bay Shore Excursion: Small Group Isimangaliso & St Lucia?
    Richards Bay Shore Excursion: Small Group Isimangaliso & St Lucia price starts from R 5 726,04. Discover and book Richards Bay Shore Excursion: Small Group Isimangaliso & St Lucia on Tripadvisor
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    Richards Bay Shore Excursion: Small Group Isimangaliso & St Lucia cancellation policy: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Discover and book Richards Bay Shore Excursion: Small Group Isimangaliso & St Lucia on Tripadvisor
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