Cruising Lake St. Lucia

Participating in a guided launch tour of Lake St. Lucia is one of the most memorable experiences to be had in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Several operators offer tours lasting about two hours and departing at different times of the day. In this time the cruisers move about 8km up into the lake from the jetties in St. Lucia town, bringing visitors close to a variety of aquatic life and giving an interesting glimpse into the ecology of the lake system.

During our recent visit to iSimangaliso, we enjoyed a tour on the 80-seater Santa Lucia, a joint operation between Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and Thompsons Tours. A cashbar on board sells drinks and snacks while a guide gives detailed explanations of the surroundings and wildlife encountered along the way. We passed several pods of hippos (witnessing one naughty youngster chewing on another tourboat), a few crocodiles, numerous birds, wildlife on the shore, got a chance to view the mangrove marshes and even saw a shark’s dorsal fin briefly break the water’s surface.

This gallery should give you some idea of what you can look forward to on a guided launch tour of Lake Saint Lucia!


30 thoughts on “Cruising Lake St. Lucia

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  2. lovetotrav

    Beautiful pics! I had just been researching this area for a possible trip next summer. To save some money, we are thinking of renting a car and driving parts of SA. Is Kruger during July school holidays simply a bad idea? Would love to know your thoughts. We don’t think we can afford the flights and guided safaris on top of it so we are looking for self-drive instead.


    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      In my opinion self-drive is definitely the way to go, you can explore at your own pace, linger where you want to, etc. And stay longer with all the money you’re saving!

      Early July in especially southern Kruger can be hectic owing to the school holidays, so if that’s the only time you have available I’d suggest going for Shingwedzi in the north of the Park, or else one of the smaller camps in the south, like Talamati and Biyamiti. SANParks will open telephonic and e-mail bookings for June and July 2016 on the 22nd of July at 07:30AM SA-time, and the Park books up very quickly. The planning of a Kruger-holiday is almost as exciting as being there!

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      1. lovetotrav

        Valuable information. Thank you so so so much. I am going to look into the other spots. Yes, I remember reserving spots in Namibia and said never again… but then again, I still want to return there too.


  3. quarksire

    well, don’t see any pics of guys water skiing there lol.. I guess hitting a croc while doing so might be ur demise, so don’t fall down huh,,not much swimming there huh! ? …..well i wouldn’t anyhow 🙂 . lewks like smooth water an nice place to hang out 🙂

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author


      Water-skiing on Lake St. Lucia, and even swimming, would certainly not be in your own best interest Q, but I’m guessing the crocodiles and sharks won’t mind people trying 😉

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