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Shoreline Hippo and Crocodile Boat Cruises, iSimangaliso Wetland Park
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Shoreline Hippo and Crocodile Boat Cruises, iSimangaliso Wetland Park

By Shoreline Hippo and Croc Cruises
Recommended by 93% of travellers
93% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 0-100, max of 15 per group
Duration: 2h
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Live guide: English
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  • Admission to the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park
  • Entry/Admission - Saint Lucia Estuary


Start:
  • 57 Mckenzie St, St Lucia, Estuary, 3936, South Africa
    Look for our booking/info office (Heritage tours) - main road of St Lucia Elephant on the roof Life size hippo at the front door Tickets to be collected and directions to the jetty will be given
End:
  • R618, Duku, 3936, South Africa
    The tour ends at the jetty. (Siyabonga Jetty) Ample parking for your vehicle

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 164091P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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 15 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

How much is Shoreline Hippo and Crocodile Boat Cruises, iSimangaliso Wetland Park?
Shoreline Hippo and Crocodile Boat Cruises, iSimangaliso Wetland Park price starts from R 383,05. Discover and book Shoreline Hippo and Crocodile Boat Cruises, iSimangaliso Wetland Park on Tripadvisor
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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    57 Mckenzie St
    57 Mckenzie St, St Lucia, Estuary, 3936, South Africa
    Look for our booking/info office (Heritage tours) - main road of St Lucia Elephant on the roof Life size hippo at the front door Tickets to be collected and directions to the jetty will be given
    See address & details
  • 1
    Saint Lucia Estuary
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    2 hour scenic boat cruise along the St Lucia Estuary.
    Read more
  • You'll end at
    R618
    R618, Duku, 3936, South Africa
    The tour ends at the jetty. (Siyabonga Jetty) Ample parking for your vehicle
    See address & details
About the operator
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  • Shoreline Hippo and Croc Cruises
    283
    St Lucia, South Africa
    Joined in April 2012
  • V7226LWyvettes
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb Cruise
    Once again we're blown away with the amazing boat cruise :) An experience that everyone should try :)
    Written 30 August 2023
  • sim0np
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful tour
    This is a wonderful tour, the guide, Heini (?- like the beer) was really informative but also very witty and his enthusiasm for the area very much came through. We saw lots of hippos and fabulous creatures they are too. Only one baby croc and a mature one that was barely visible through the reeds but that didn’t matter. Heini also pointed out to us a variety of birds from sea eagle to kingfishers and cormorants. Fabulous scenery as well. Only 15 people on boat so all got an excellent view.
    Written 25 April 2023
  • Gino B
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing shoreline boat tour
    I had the safari tour booked and it was really good so while I was there I booked the shoreline boat. I really recommend this aswell as it was good fun and informative.
    Written 20 April 2023
  • C3658EWj_rgenm
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    top
    Great tour and guide. Our booked trip was canceled and the phone us and moved Our reservation to the next day
    Written 20 March 2023
  • ulrich s
    0 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great dissapointment
    Had booked this well in advance but they simply messed it up An hour later we left after the captain arrived. A waste of a morning.maybevthe othe companies are more profesional
    Written 25 October 2022
  • Khanyile397
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mr
    I experienced many things I never saw it close to me, only a crocodile I didn't saw it but the trip was 100%
    Written 31 March 2021
  • 607krisztianb
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best to see the hippos
    Great tour on the lake. Our guide - Brown - was very helpful and informative. We have seen hippos, crocodile, many birds and we learned about mangrove as well. The tour is about 2-2.5 hours, and the boat stops by the hippo families. Very interactive trip, and our guide explaned everything - not just hippos but birds, trees, ecosystem, etc.. Very good afternoon fun, highly recommended!
    Written 28 January 2020
  • Klaus G
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable trip on St Lucia lake
    The small boat, limited to 15 passengers, of shoreline, whether I or II, is a joy as the hippo, croc and bird viewing can be enjoyed in peace and quiet. Maintenance of the boats are however somewhat neglected, eg the carpets.
    Written 16 September 2019
  • Jordi F
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best hippo spotting
    This is surely the best way to explore the river and find hippo and Crocs. The boat is smaller than the rest with a personal guide that explains everything. Because it's so small you get really close. Our guide was determined to show us the yawns and we have seen a lot!
    Written 7 September 2019
  • colotravet
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hippo viewing
    Was happy with the tour. It was a chilly day so the hippos only showed us their heads. This wasn’t in their control. The guide was knowledgeable about the hippos. The restrooms waiting for the boat were not maintained well.
    Written 24 August 2019
  • fromindiatoworld
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Townies :)
    We booked the hippo and crocodile tour for an after noon tour at around 1:15 through Heritage Tours & Safaris(Its right on the Mckenzie Street with a fat hippo and an elephant head on the outside, can't be missed). We reached on time and waited only to realize the three of us were the only people for that slot, so the tour actually became a private tour for us :). About the tour, we saw a whole lot of Hippos everywhere, just floating lazily in the river - we saw 3 pods, with around 20-25 hippos in each. The crocodiles were scarce and we could see only two. I must appreciate our guide-cum-skipper who gave us a very informative and entertaining tour and didn't try to cut corners considering we were just 3. We really enjoyed our boat trip in the estuary and the 2 hours tour just passed away quickly. Fun trivia - there is a pod named Townies, who decide to come into the town in the night for grazing and the leader has blue eyes.
    Written 28 May 2019
  • AlanSL
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hippo Hunting Fun
    Travelling from Richards Bay we passed through well organised Eucalyptus estates until, close to St.Lucia, more natural vegetation was allowed to protect its Heritage status. We boarded a boat and managed a top deck seat. It was very warm so we were pleased there was a breeze, though winds do not encourage the Hippos to “perform”. The lake was a turgid brown, sand colouring the water. The vista was largely of marsh plants. We sighted a lone crocodile followed by Pod 1 Hippos. They were there, I think, but only viewed an occasional snout. Pod 2 followed and the animals were more evident and with Pod 3 wallowing amongst some slender trees they revealed themselves more fully. Not a lot happened but the movement of the boat through the lake, the sun, and most of all the sight of animals and birds in their natural environment was simple but most pleasurable. Other tourists caught sight of significant bird life and the occasional elephant well into the distance, but the water and the Hippos was enough for me. What a simple pleasure.
    Written 2 May 2019
  • AndreasHanns
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well organized, impressive, close to the animals
    So close to crocodiles, birds, hippos! Stories about their life and the dangers they face. Background information on the estuary, on the situation of wildlife in the region and a good chat with guide Brown who made an effort to relate his personal views. Thanks a lot!
    Written 2 May 2019
  • Patricia M
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hippo's everywhere!
    Our guide Denis was an absolute mine of information and fun facts all rolled into one person. He made a lovely river trip into an exciting adventure. Wonderful.
    Written 29 April 2019
  • Penny L
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great experience
    The hippo and crocodile tour was a great experience, we were able to get quite close to lots of hippos and a couple of crocodiles. Our skipper Dennis was a mine of information about everything along the way. An added bonus was a beautiful sea eagle. I thoroughly recommend this tour, it is a unique experience.
    Written 23 April 2019
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Melda303
Johannesburg, South Africa50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Our family of 5 (2 adults and a 15, 10 and 7 year old) went on a Shoreline hippo and croc cruise on 7 January 2021. It was an amazing experience and the first time our girls have ever been on a boat. Our guide pointed out numerous birds as well as a crocodile and two pods of hippo's. It is definitely a must do when visiting the ISimangaliso Wetland park as you get to see what it is like on the estuary river looking out and you feel as if you are right in the middle of the estuary.
Written 19 January 2021
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Diaries of a H
Durban, South Africa29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We really enjoyed the cruise. Brown, our tour guide was very knowledgeable & happy to answer any questions we had. Even those of my inquisitive 7 year old.

We saw lots of hippos. Unfortunately only one crocodile, due to the time of year. This was a bit disappointing. My suggestion is to rather go between May & November.
Written 4 February 2020
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GoPlaces183700
Rothenburg, Germany17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We saw some hippos from far, but didn't go too close. Because the boat went with only one side to the Hippos it was hard for us to catch a good view. Our guide seemed quite bored and we were back early. It felt like as soon as we had paid there was no interest in making a good tour anymore.
Written 13 January 2020
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Clare D
Ballito, South Africa22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a wonderful boat cruise with Overseas family wanting to see hippos and crocs. Our guide Heine was exceptionally knowledgeable about the local fauna, flora, history and geography of the area and pointed out birds, plants as well as animals. The staff were very helpful and went out of their way to assist and accommodate us! Highly recommended and well done to this fabulous team!
Written 7 September 2022
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Alisa S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We had a very good time with Mdu during the trip. He had such a good way to guide as, answer our questions and His eyes spotted animals like an eagle. We saw hippos, a crocodile, birds and a lizard. We enjoyed it and definitely would go again!
Siyabonga kakhuku! Thank you so much!
Written 21 September 2023
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Maaike v
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We did the hippo and croc cruise with our kids and it was a very nice experience. We had a very enthusiastic guide/captain, telling us a lot about the hippos living in the wetlands near St Lucia. Serious information, but also some very exciting stories, which made the cruise also very funny for the kids. The only disappointing 'thing' was that we didn't see any crocodile, and we weren't told why the crocodiles were not there.
Written 1 September 2023
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Kay Cameron
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Such a fun outing with our family. Perfect for my elderly gran too who was able to sit in the shade and also enjoy with the rest of us. Informative and fun guide - with lots of hippo sightings along the way, as well as a small croc and fish eagles. Highly recommend, and would love to do it again when I am next in the area.
Written 17 April 2023
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Kristine K
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
My boyfriend and I had a lovely hippo & croc boat tour with Heritage tours. We saw a lot of animals and the river is very beautiful. Our guide knew a lot about the plants, birds, hippos and crocs. We highly recommend this trip.
Written 12 February 2023
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Chantel Patten
Cape Town, South Africa7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Lovely boat cruise through the estuary of St Lucia. Very informative guide who tells you all about the surroundings. We got close to multiple hippo families and saw a few crocodiles. If you love birdsz there are plenty to see too. A must do when visiting St Lucia!
Written 27 December 2023
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Sam L
Waterfall, South Africa181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
What a highlight this was for our trip!! A magical experience that we will always treasure! best time is the last cruise of the day. 3.15pm. Beautiful sunset!!!! Excellent tour guide. Very spacious boat with social distancing. Highly recommended! Loads of sightings, hippos, crocodiles, and birds.
Written 30 September 2020
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