Cape Vidal, Isimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Accommodation: Beach log cabins, lakeside bush lodge
Activities: Swimming, snorkeling, sport fishing, self-drive routes
Highlights: Beach and ocean activities, nesting turtles, wildlife viewing
This KwaZulu-Natal nature reserve offers sheltered beaches, rock pools and ledges surrounded by the wetlands and coastal forest of iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Cape Vidal is wonderful for observing marine life at low tide while snorkelling.
The bay has a launch site for deep-sea fishing excursions (including spear fishing) and ski boats. Snorkelers can keep a look out for the remains of the ship called Dorothea which was lost in these waters in 1898 - the wreck has never been found.
The winter months are when you can see Humpback Whales in the sea, as they migrate up the East coast of South Africa on their way to Mozambique to give birth, and in summer Leatherback and Loggerhead sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.
- Malaria precautions are advised
- Cape Vidal has a small store for some basic supplies (alternately a bigger shop is a 40 minute drive away)
- You can purchase bait, firewood and fuel (petrol and diesel) at the store
- Cape Vidal falls within a protected area with certain rules and conditions applying to fishing practices and beach driving