Adventure Tours & Eco Activities | Elephant Lake Safaris | St Lucia,  S.Africa

Concession to operate Estuary Boat Cruises

Lake St. Lucia is one of the biggest estuarine systems in the world; this extensive 80kms lake is an average depth of 1 m and is home to hundreds of crocodiles, hippos, fish and birds.

Fish Eagles are always present  with their smaller fishing partners, the kingfishers. Lake St.Lucia started forming about 140 million years ago. There were two phases – dropping sea levels starting a mere 2 million years ago caused the most resent formation. This created the largest estuarine lake in South Africa. Stretching from the mouth in the southern part of the park, and then northwards to the Mkuze swamps. Organized tours allow visitors access to basking hippos, crocodiles and abundance of birds. Discover the lake in comfort aboard a luxuries passenger ferry. The Boat is spacious and ample walking space for the avid photographer to move around freely and find the best position. With the boat stopping at all the sightings there are photographic opportunities aplenty.

Note that we have Secure Boat Parking for your fishing and boating needs.

Adventure Tours, Eco Activities, Safaris and Game Drives at Elephant Lake Safaris located in St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

 



Adventure Tours, Eco Activities, Safaris and Game Drives at Elephant Lake Safaris located in St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Adventure Tours, Eco Activities, Safaris and Game Drives at Elephant Lake Safaris located in St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

 


Concession to operate Day and Night Drives in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

The park forms part of the first world heritage site in South Africa.

The St Lucia Estuary system is the largest estuary system in Africa and is fed from the South by the Indian Ocean bringing salty water in on a tidal basis every 12 hours. The Estuary system reaches a depth of 1.2 m and the widest point is approximately 21 Km. The narrowest approximately 250 m and the whole Estuary system covers a total of approximately 300 Km². The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its superlative natural beauty and unique global values. The 332 000 hectare Park contains three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700 year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25 000 year-old coastal dunes – among the highest in the world. The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, which aptly describes this unique place.


Adventure Tours, Eco Activities, Safaris and Game Drives at Elephant Lake Safaris located in St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

 


Elephant Lake Safaris: Hluhluwe iMfolozi

Open 4x4 Game Drive in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi

Hluhluwe iMfolozi is the oldest game reserve in Africa having been established in 1895. The reserve is steep in rich cultural and conservational history, with Zulu battles been thought here. This area also was the private hunting grounds to the great Zulu leader, King Shaka. It is home to Africa’s Big 5 as well as cheetah, wild dog, hyena and general game species. The Park is renowned for its prolific birdlife and offers habitat for some of the most endangered species. Experienced guides will bring you up close and personal to nature and the open vehicle offers excellent photo opportunities.

With a variety of drives that departs daily to best suit your needs.
  • Half Day

    An introduction to a diversity of animals, trees, birds and rich cultural history in the oldest game reserve in South Africa. No Lunch included

  • Full day

    This tour gives you the opportunity to cover a greater area of the Hluhluwe as well as the iMfolozi sections. You get to see great views of the park and discover areas where many Zulu wars were fought. Picnic Lunch included All one needs for this activity are: sun-block, hat, drinking water, camera, binoculars and something warm for those early morning or late afternoon departures and arrivals.

  • Night Drives

    Experience the wild night life and starry skies as we take you on an unforgettable night drive. On the drive we go on search for a variety of nocturnal creatures including Leopard, Genets, Aardvark, bush baby’s and chameleons to mention only a few. Get to know more of the night skies and enjoy the African night sounds. Your game drive will take place on the eastern shores of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. There is a world of wonder waiting for you, let us help you find it.


Adventure Tours, Eco Activities, Safaris and Game Drives at Elephant Lake Safaris located in St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

 


CATALINA BAY SUNDOWNER OPEN 4X4 GAME DRIVE

In the early 1940s the first Catalina squadron of the Royal Air Force began anti-submarine operations off the cape Coast, flying most for Langebaan. As the U-boats moved eastwards so did the Catalina’s, arriving eventually at their base at Congella in Durban Harbour. They quickly identified the need for a forward base and Lake St Lucia, with its large expanses of water, was chosen after a snap survey. On 1 December 1942 the first ground crews led by Flight Lieutenant SJ Wood arrived on the Eastern Shores and built a standard pattern RAF sea-plane base at what is now known as Catalina Bay on the Eastern Shores. They dynamited the rocks on the sea-shore at Mission Rocks for concrete, and built strip roads connecting various installations at points along the adjoining dunes. To this day the blast marks are clearly visible at Mission Rocks. A massive radar installation was also built on one of the higher dunes, called Mount Tabor by the local missionaries. The main bunker is still used today as a trails base by hikers in the area. Enjoy some light snacks and port / sherry whilst overlooking this spectacular view of the sun setting across the Estuary.

Adventure Tours | Elephant Lake Safaris | St Lucia,  S.Africa

 


ISIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK OPEN 4X4 GAME DRIVE

Lake St Lucia is one of the oldest game reserves in Africa, having been established in 1895. It also lies within South Africa’s first World Heritage Site – the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park which was officially renamed iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park was declared on 01 December 1999 by UNESCO protocol, the name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, which aptly describes this unique place hence the renaming of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This 332 000 hectare Park contains three major lake systems, 8 interlinking ecosystems, 700 year old fishing traditions, 526 bird species and 25 000 year old coastal dunes, amongst the highest in the world. Animals like the endangered White Rhino, Cape buffalo, Elusive Leopard, Hippo and many Zebras, Red Duiker, Kudu and other animals. Today it is a prime eco-tourism destination – but 60 years ago it was the scene of some spectacular military aviation activity. Birders will be amazed when they see the great amount of birds in the park. Open 4 x 4 Safari Game Drives and Guided Walking Safaris will take you to breathtaking landscapes, over Lake, Ocean and Dune. And there is always that exiting feeling that you can walk into a Hippo, Buffalo or some of the numerous other animals that occur here. Game Walks of different lengths can be selected. All Game Walks will be conducted and lead by a Professional and Experienced Guide.

Comfortable walking shoes, plenty drinking water and a hat is a must for any of the Walking Safaris. Walks will depart early mornings and late afternoons to avoid the heat of the day. A vehicle will transfer clients to most of the walking trails.




 


ST LUCIA TOWN TOUR

See St Lucia in 1 and half hours. Here you will get a outside view of the St Lucia Crocodile Centre, where you travel past the Entry Gates to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, with a possible chance of seeing some plains game. We travel to the St Lucia Main Beach where you will have the opportunity to stretch your legs and view the artifact and crafts on sale or relax on the magnificent sand dunes overlooking the sea. Maybe stroll on the beach. We then depart for the St Lucia Estuary Mouth where you will have a guided walk over the Estuary towards the St Lucia Ski Boat Club where you will have the opportunity of viewing Crocodiles and Hippos interact on Crocodile Island. Refreshments are served at the Ski Boat Club – for Guests own Account. We then depart via a brief tour past the Mangroves (possibly viewing Leopard) before arriving at the Hotel where our Tour comes to an end. This is the perfect opportunity to view St Lucia and have a brief look at the vast and numerous eco-activities that are on offer from Elephant Lake Safaris



 


VEYANE CULTURAL VILLAGE

Veyane Cultural Village is a community-based Zulu Village operated Phillip Mkhwanazi, the respected Induna and leader of the Khula Village Community. Khula Village is situated on the southern periphery of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, just 5km’s outside of St Lucia.

History of the Area

The Khula Dukuduku settlement was established in the Kwampukunyoni region of the Zulu Kingdom in the 19th century. The land was originally awarded to a brave Zulu Warrior, Veyane Mkhwanazi, by King Cetshwayo in recognition of his heroism in the defeat of Chelmsford’s army at the battle of Isandlwana in 1879.

Khula Village

Khula Village is a developing peri-urban community made up of families who moved voluntarily from the south side of the Dukuduku Forest in the 1980’s. The community’s social structure remains traditionalist while most residents are subsistence farmers.

Take an Interactive Village Tour

Veyane Cultural Village will give you a hands-on introduction to many fascinating aspects of traditional and modern Zulu life.
  • Experience contemporary Zulu village life
  • Learn about the indigenous trees of the forest
  • Find out about the natural history of the wetlands
  • Call on traditional healers and learn about their remedies
  • See Zulu Bead workers and weavers at work and have a go too!
  • Be spellbound by the magic of Zulu storytelling
  • Be entertained by talented traditional musicians
  • Zulu dancing and have a go too!

You can expect to see the rare Umakweyane and other musical instruments being played by traditional musicians. Veyane Cultural Village aims to offer tourists an authentic and interactive Zulu Cultural experience while giving members of the community an opportunity to benefit from tourism.