2 Hour Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise

2 Hr Hippo & Croc Boat Safari

with Shoreline Boats the origanal Boat Cruise

St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal

If you are in the area of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve why not enjoy a magnificent 2 Hour Boat Cruise along the St Lucia Estuary? Situated within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa's very first world heritage site. Travel time from Hluhluwe Town is approximately 1 Hour.

Boat Safari Description:

2 Hour Hippo & Croc Boat Safari on the St Lucia Estuary a world heritage site the largest Estuary in Africa

Discover, witness and observe Hippo’s, Nile Crocodiles and Hundreds of bird species on a Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise St Lucia. The St Lucia Estuary one of the largest in Africa 85 km in total length gives an opportunity of witnessing hundreds of Hippo’s and Nile Crocodiles.

This 2 hour Boat cruise Safari gets you close up to the residents of the estuary.Travel aboard an exclusive 15 seater vessel, with experienced and knowledgeable skipper/rangers.

They will undoubtedly answer every question that you might have, show you amazing sights and also give you interesting facts and information on this magnificent estuarine system.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.

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The Shoreline Vessels have the shallowest drafts, this means that these vessels are able to venture shallower and thus get you better sightings of the various wildlife out along the St Lucia Estuary. With a maximum capacity of 15 passengers per vessel you are assured of ample space to move around and of course, get some of those magnificent pictures of Hippos yawning.

Departing every two hours, we would suggest pre-booking your seat to avoid disappointment.

Duration 2 Hours

Bookings: +27 35 5901555 

R350.00 p/p

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  • Journey up the St Lucia Estuary one of the largest in Africa
  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa's first Heritage Site
  • Guaranteed sightings of Hippos
  • The ideal way to relax and enjoy a cruise
  • 800 Hippos and 1200 Nile Crocodiles

Boat Safari Departure Times:


Departing Daily: Yes

Duration:            2 Hours

During the peak season this Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise is the most popular activity in St Lucia, please ensure that you do make prior bookings to avoid disappointment. Cruises aboard Shoreline allow one to take a cooler box along for the sunset cruise.

What to Take Along?

  • Camera if possible
  • Light Jacket as it may be cooler in the winter months
  • Comfortable clothing

This is a relaxed tour, sit back and enjoy the wildlife along one of the largest estuarine systems in Africa. All commentary is done in English and Afrikaans.

Departure Point - Meeting Area

Please note that there is ample free parking at Siyabonga Jetty. This car park may be found just outside of St Lucia. This would be the bridge that you cross over into Town.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, absolutely you are guaranteed 99% of seeing these amazing animals on the St Lucia Estuary. 

The Hippo Boat Cruises depart every two hours, daily. 

It is estimated that there are approximately 800 Hippos walking and roaming freely in the area. 

The early morning and late afternoon trips are definitely the most popular due to it either being nice and calm on the water early morning or also being able to enjoy the Sunset late afternoon.