After our jeep safari in Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, we embarked on another safari adventure but of a different kind – a boat safari. We headed to St. Lucia, a small town in the east coast where the population of hippos and crocs outnumber the people. It is home to one the largest estuary in Africa, which is teeming with wildlife and is the first UNESCO Heritage site in South Africa.
Warning sign in our hotel lobby. Should we be nervous?
More warning sign on the river bank. I don’t they should worry; we wouldn’t think of feeding the crocs in a million years.
All set to board the boat for a safari in the tidal estuary. Although it was called “Hippos and Crocs Boat Cruise,” we saw a lot of other wildlife that inhabit the wetlands.
Our first sigthing was a huge crash of floating hippos. The wetlands of St. Lucia has the highest concentration of hippos in South Africa
Hippos are known to roam the streets of the village at night. They were probably relaxing here after a wild night out.
This waterbuck swam across the river and struggled to get our of the water when it reached the bank. We watched the poor thing struggled for several minutes.
The waterbuck changed its course and finally got out of the water. Everyone in our boat cheered.
The area is also bird’s lover paradise. This was one of the many graceful herons we saw.
A Kingfisher was one of the many bird species we identified.
We had not seen any crocs at this point, To make up for it, the boat captain handed us a model of a crocodile head.
And soon after, as if hearing that we were looking for them, the crocs started to come to view.
Here’s a huge one basking in the sun.
More sighting of huge crash of hippos lounging on the river bank.
Hippos on lunch breach.
A bunch of healthy rumps. Don’t they look delicious?
After cruising the estuary, we walked around town and checked out the market selling fresh produce and souvenirs.
A lovely girl in the market.
Seeing the wildlife from the boat was a delightful experience. It was a beautiful day and the cruise was quite relaxing. For more information about the boat cruise in St. Lucia Estuary, click here. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and zoom lens.