Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise on the Estuary

Join us on a 2 Hour return trip with Shoreline Boat Safaris

Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise St Lucia Description:

Departing from the Siyabonga Jetty every 2 hours, Join Us as we travel up one of the largest Estuarine systems in Africa.

Home to 800 Hippo's and approximately 1000 Nile Crocodiles not to mention the abundance of Bird-life. 

Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise St Lucia:

Discover, Witness and Observe Hippo's, Nile Crocodiles and Hundreds of bird species on our Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise while in St Lucia. This 2 hour Boat Cruise Safari gets you close up to the residents of the estuary.

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

R240.00 p/p

Duration: 2 Hours

A two hour sightseeing trip on one of our luxury passenger vessels will take you upstream towards Hippos, Nile Crocodiles and an abundance of Bird Life. Taking in some of the most impressive Wildlife Up Close while en-route. At the Narrows we will turn and head back downstream back to the departure Jetty to complete our round trip, all the while accompanied with a commentary from an on board registered skipper and tourist guide.
These sightseeing cruises can be booked in advance by emailing us or by calling +27 35 5901555.
Our 2 hour Hippo & Croc Cruises operate year round.

Summer Departure Times

  •  6:30    to   8:30
  •  8:30    to 10:30
  • 10:30   to 12:30
  • 12:30   to 14:30
  • 14:30   to 16:30

Winter Departure Times

  •  7:15     to  9:15
  •  9:30     to  11:15
  • 11:15   to  13:15
  • 15:15   to  17:15
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Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise

Nice To Know

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Up Close

Our Vessels have the shallowest draft ensuring that you get up close to some magnificent sightings while out on the Estuary.

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Skippers / Guides

All Skippers and Guides have numerous years of Experience on the Estuary. Ensuring your safety at all times. Make sure that you don't forget your camera and extra memory cards.

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Hippos in St Lucia

Did you know that St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal has the largest population of Hippos in South Africa. For some incredible Hippo Info


Dennis Roberts

Dennis Roberts Skippers / Guide. His passion and knowledge is impeccable. Loves a great joke and most importantly truly wants you leave his vessel knowing that you have gained some incredible information while out on his voyage.

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Stacey Farrell

Stacey Farrell Skipper / Guide. Her passion is evident be it on the water or while out in the bush or safari. She loves letting everyone know that this is her very first boat trip Don't be fooled she is a true professional. Make sure you have your camera and if need be ask her to help.


A lovely leisurely cruise down the St Lucia Estuary watching hippos in their natural habitat. The guide Dennis was very knowledgeable and shared many interesting facts with us throughout the 2 hr tour. It was especially amazing seeing the 13 day old baby hippo. Spotted a majestic fish eagle in the Estuary as well. Definitely recommend this cruise for people wanting to see hippos in a safe yet natural environment and at very close proximity.

The most knowledgeable guide of all the wildlife excursions/safaris that we have ever been on. He gave us photos and memories that we will cherish forever. The sights of that afternoon will stay with us always.

We just finished the Hippos and Crocs cruise. Were so glad we chose this one. Unlike most of the other boats, ours was small and could maneuver into the tributaries. Our guide was so knowledgeable. And we maybe had 10 passengers compared to the bigger boats, that had 5 times that. We Were close to the animals and they were much further away. Not a better option.


A wonderfully informative evening boat trip into the estuary yesterday evening was information rich. We both admired the serious environmental and ecological passion which our guide Stacy exuded. 

She introduced us to her broad knowledge of every creature we saw be they bird or beast. Described the details of their habits and habitat showed us their behavior. Explained many many details of the wetlands including the management, the history and gave us a deep understanding of the significance of everything we were seeing. 

We asked a lot of questions and she answered every one with the authority of someone who really cares about the wonders of nature.

I went on the 4:30 pm cruise arranged by Heritage Tours. We were in the smaller Shoreline cruise boats which made for a more intimate experience.

The guide was very knowledgable and good at getting the boat in close to hippos for good shots. It has taken 20 years for the boats to get this close without scaring the hippos. I haven't seen another place in Africa where you can be so close.

The weaver birds and their nests were also interesting. An excellent introduction to the wetlands. 

We took a 4:30 pm trip with Shoreline to see the hippos....this is the best time of day for hippo activity as they are beginning to wake up ready for their evening meal!! Lots of yawning so good for photos.
Our guide was very knowledgeable not only about the hippos but bird watching and wildlife in general. As well as the hippos we saw fish eagles and lots of birds. 
Only 15 allowed on the boat so everyone can see and as it is small it can get in near the bank for good viewing. Free coffee provided.
A really good trip and not expensive.

What to Bring Along:

  • Camera, Extra Memory Card
  • Binoculars if Possible
  • Light Jacket (Wind Breaker)
  • Refreshments

Should you have any questions, let Us know