Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise Safari on Lake St Lucia Estuary, iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise St Lucia

Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise St Lucia Description:

Travel up the St Lucia Estuary, home to 800 Hippo's and approximately 1000 Nile Crocodiles not to mention the abundance of Birdlife.


Price:                    R240.00 per person

Duration:               2 Hours

Departing every    2 hours


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Skippers / Guides


guides / skippers

All skippers are Samsa registered, have passenger endorsements, first aid qualified and are also qualified field guides. 

Each skipper has years of knowledge on the St Lucia Estuary and this will undoubtedly add to your experience. All skippers are avid birders and conservationists. 


Vessels/ Boats

Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise St Lucia:

Discover, witness and observe Hippo's, Nile Crocodiles and hundreds of bird species on a Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise while in St Lucia. The St Lucia Estuary is one of the largest Estuaries in Africa, 85km in total length gives one an opportunity to witness some incredible wildlife species that frequent the not only the estuary but the banks as well.This 2 hour Boat Cruise Safari gets you close up to the residents of the estuary.

Travel aboard a exclusive 15 seater vessel ( Shoreline 1 & Shoreline 2) with experienced and knowledgeable skipper/ rangers. They will undoubtedly answer every question that you might have, and furnish you with some incredible facts and information on the area.

With African Fish Eagles hunting for a easy treat, Hippo's wallowing and Nile crocodiles basking on the shores its a photographic opportunity of a lifetime.


Departing every two hours with the sunset cruise being the most popular, please do ensure that you have made prior bookings to avoid disappointment.

Departure Times Summer:

  • 6:30 to 8:30 Incredible Birding outing
  • 8:30 to 10:30 Mid morning cruise a relaxed cruise with active Hippo's
  • 10:30 to 12:30 Mid day Nile crocs basking in the African sun
  • 2:30 to 4:30 Mid afternoon Hippo's starting to become active and truly some amazing scenes
  • 4:30 to 6:30 Late afternoon Hippo's very active and some magnificent African sunsets.
Please Note

While in St Lucia please do take note these Hippo cruises are the most popular outings and activities in St Lucia, Please ensure that you do make prior bookings to avoid disappointment. Cruises aboard Shoreline allows one to take a small cooler box along for the sunset cruise. Please do note that the above times indicate summer departures and winter departures are 1 hour earlier.

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A defnite Must 

On these Hippo and Croc tours one experience's the natural beauty of these animals as well as Birds of Prey.

Awesome Experience

My husband and I went on the hippo and Croc cruise on Saturday and we enjoyed it thoroughly.

Excellent boat trip

A very enjoyable and informative trip. The skipper was enthusiastic about the animals and his live commentary was detailed.

Watched hippos play in front of a beautiful sunset

My mom and I visited St. Lucia for 2 days and in addition to walking along the beautiful, pristine, empty beach and taking part in the morning half safari of Hluhluwe-Umfolozi park, we decided to do the hippo boat tour.  Would highly highly recommend.

Great 2 hour cruise on the estuary

We had a lovely cruise with a very knowledgeable guide.

Dennis the guide knew the estuary and the animals very well and made the whole experience very pleasurable.
Well worth the time and money.


We took a late afternoon lake cruise and had the opportunity to see lots of hippo up close which was wonderful. The captain of the boat was knowledgeable and able to spot the wildlife and tell us lots of interesting information. I had not realised that hippos don't actually swim or how nocturnal they are.

Durban Hippo Boat Cruise

Did you know that St Lucia is a mere 2,5 hours North of Durban, not only is St Lucia a world heritage area but it also offers a wide variety of Activities within the area. Other activities include Turtle Tours, Night Drive Safaris, Cape Vidal Heritage full or half day safari activities, Birding, Whale Watching, Fishing, Cultural Shows and much more.

Heritage Tours & Safaris offers some unique Overnight Safari Packages ranging from 1 Day to 7 Day Safari Packages.

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