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After our boat tour and lunch in St Lucia, South Africa, our driver, Anand, took us through the gates of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park for a safari while we drove up to Cape Vidal.
We had hired a driver for the day through Bush & Beach Tours. Anand was fantastic and his van was very nice.
The entrance to iSimangaliso Park is just 5 minutes north of St Lucia.
You can drive yourself into the iSimangaliso park. Entry fees are paid at the park gates and are R25 per person and R35 per car, which comes to a little over $5.67 for a car with two people.
Once in the park, it’s about a 45-minute drive to Cape Vidal – IF you don’t stop every few minutes to look at the wildlife like we did!
We got ours from our driver, Anand. I think most of the park gates sell these guides.
We got pretty lucky to spot two rhinos in the park. Poaching is a huge problem in South Africa, and to save the animals’ lives, their horns are often cut off. These two both had had their horns removed.
Wow, the cape was amazing to see. It is a beautiful beach, long and wide. The swell and waves crashing into the beach were pretty rough, and fun to watch.
St Lucia is a super cute beach town. It’s very small, so there are plenty of restaurants, shops, and tour offices within walking distance.
St Lucia is pretty budget-friendly. If you are looking for the best, Monzi Safaris Backpackers is very cheap (<$30 USD) and extremely well rated. It’s like going on safari! Another inexpensive one (less than $75 USD) is Ndiza Lodge and Cabanas.
There are a lot of choices in a moderate price range ($75-150 USD). My choice would be Lidiko Lodge.