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St Lucia Estuary Boat Cruise provided by Thompson's Touring & Safaris - Day Tours

St Lucia Estuary Boat Cruise

St Lucia Estuary Boat Cruise
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R 290,00
per adult (price varies by group size)
Free Cancellation up to 3 days in advance
About
Explore South Africa's St. Lucia Estuary (iSimangaliso Wetland Park) aboard a double-decker boat with this leisurely cruise tour. Spot crocodiles and hippos as you journey through wetland waters, and keep an eye out for bird including eagles, vultures, and African broadbills.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Soak up the sights on a cruise around St. Lucia Estuary
  • Choose from multiple departure times to suit your schedule
  • Learn about native flora and fauna from your guide
  • Get into nature and escape the city for the day
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Highlights
  • Soak up the sights on a cruise around St. Lucia Estuary
  • Choose from multiple departure times to suit your schedule
  • Learn about native flora and fauna from your guide
  • Get into nature and escape the city for the day
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6173P14
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Saint Lucia, St Lucia, 3936, South Africa
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Minimum numbers apply. If you are a single traveler, there is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund. If you are a single traveller and definitely want to go, you can guarantee the departure by paying for 2 people.
  • Not recommended for very young children
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travellers
Inclusions
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Saint Lucia, St Lucia, 3936, South Africa
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Minimum numbers apply. If you are a single traveler, there is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund. If you are a single traveller and definitely want to go, you can guarantee the departure by paying for 2 people.
  • Not recommended for very young children
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Saint Lucia
    St Lucia, 3936, South Africa
    See address & details
  • 1
    Saint Lucia Estuary
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 2
    iSimangaliso Wetland Park
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Popular mentions

4.0
49 reviews
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LalettaMM
Tofinho, Mozambique126 contributions
Heaps of Hippos
Nov 2019
The Hippo cruise was a great experience! We were only exploring St. Lucia for future clients and went on our boat cruise the following day after scheduling with the tour guide Sia (probably spelled differently). The boat was packed with people and if you are interested in photos taking by a real camera and not only smartphones, you have to think ahead and position yourself before the hoards of tourists climb over you to take a blurry photo for their family. Anyway, we were lucky with our sightings and saw plenty of hippos as well as crocodiles and birds. It was quite windy but still all right. The team on the cruise were friendly. If you did not pack a lunch bag, you were provided snacks and drinks on the boat. The guide was talking through the microphone with some facts about the area and hippos in general, which was quite interesting, if he wasn't interrupted by others or the microphone cracking! All in all, it was a nice experience and we enjoyed it very much.
Written 1 September 2020
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11 766 contributions
Hippo Overdose
Jul 2019
The duration of the cruise was a tad long as there's nothing much to see except some birds and lots of hippos. Too many of them that it started to get boring...
Written 1 June 2020
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Fatz26
Centurion, South Africa43 contributions
Lots of Hippos
Dec 2019
Truly speaking an hour is way to long especially if you are taking kids. Only one siting of a crocodile and an eagle. There were lots of Hippos but this is money wasted, Told not to bring own beverages but they did not even have bottles water.
Written 12 February 2020
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andyh67186334
Coalville, UK4 781 contributions
Good Cruise with One Crocodile
Jan 2020
I visited St Lucia on a private tour from Durban. I was looking forward to observing, hippo, crocodile and bird life during this cruise. As it was a hot day and crocodiles are cold blooded, I mange to see one of them towards the end of the cruise, so bare this in mind.
There were only seven people on board this cruise so it wasn't overcrowded. It was a good way to spend a couple of hours on a boat, just a pity about the elusive crocodile.
Written 25 January 2020
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Anita Lordan
Tzaneen, South Africa131 contributions
We expected more
Dec 2019
It was fine
the waters was very high because of all the rain and therefore we only saw hippo ears mostly and one croc.
there is abundant bird life and nest on the river bank
its a nice thing to do if you have time and just want to cruise lay back on the river
Written 21 January 2020
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Evilynn
212 contributions
Good option to explore the wetlands
Dec 2019 • Friends
Spacious boat with a bar, shop and toilet navigates you nicely through hippo territory and the mangroves. Spotted several hippo pods and crocodiles and enjoyed the cruise and scenery even with some drizzle
Written 16 January 2020
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nordlysMH
Stromstad, Sweden185 contributions
More than just hippos and sometimes too much of a commotion on board
Oct 2019
We secured a spot on the boat in the front corner of the upper deck in the hope of obtaining a free view of spotted wildlife. That worked to a point, that is as long as only birds came into view. Most tourists on board were primarily keen on seeing hippos. When these came into view, a lot of people raised hastily from their chairs, throwing some to the side in the rush (they are not fixed on the deck) and obscuring the view of other more patient passengers, They felt the urge to immortalise themselves in the foreground of selfies with possibly a hippo in the background. It turned out that the only way to observe the animals at leisure and use a camera properly, was to squat in a corner of the deck directly at the railing not to spoil the view for other people, and aim the telelens at the animals in the water. That also allowed good panning movements with the camera without knocking anybody overboard with the long lens. We had some great sightings of hippos with a natural mangrove background. The fair mid-morning sunlight with a partly overcast sky helped avoid extreme reflections on the slick shiny bodies of the hippos.

On the return journey, the boat crew disappointed us by literally harassing a hippo resting on the shore, repeatedly bumping the front of the boat into the bank close to the resting animal, thus prodding it to get into the water. Senseless and unethical in our view.

Cash only when booking the tour on the car park is not very tourist-freindly.
Written 7 January 2020
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Chris S
Kokstad3 contributions
Worth it!
Dec 2019 • Family
So much to see. Kids really had a good time! Highly recommended. Will definitely go again on this trip.
Written 22 December 2019
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Uditjbadi
Johannesburg, South Africa4 contributions
Hippo and Crocodile tour
Dec 2019 • Family
Although Could see 2 Crocs n many Hippo but the tour has very little info on the beautiful birds in the estuary. Although we could see few kingfisher birds and 2 fish eagles
Written 21 December 2019
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stu588
Wellington, New Zealand17 contributions
Very good afternoon
Sep 2019
We had a very informative trip in the estuary and not only saw the hippo's and crocodile we were educated about the wetlands and other wildlife.
Written 16 November 2019
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