What to do at Cape Vidal

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Enjoy sport fishing and snorkelling at low tide in this KwaZulu-Natal nature reserve or head off on a self-drive route through wildlife and birding areas around the lakes.

At Cape Vidal you can combine ocean activities with game viewing in the same day. Spot Whales and Dolphins in the sea and Buffalo and Hippo on land. This KwaZulu-Natal nature reserve is part of the St Lucia Marine Reserve which provides protected beaches where endangered sea turtles can return every year to lay their eggs.

Cape Vidal offers great snorkelling at low tide and lots of interesting rock pools to investigate. The wetlands and coastal forest surrounding the St Lucia and Bhangazi lakes are where you can see a great variety of birds but also Reedbuck and other antelope plus Crocodile. There are 6 looping road routes to explore in this region.


  • Beach walks
  • Relatively safe but unprotected swimming in the bay
  • Snorkelling and rock pooling at low tide
  • Sport fishing (shore and boat)
  • Self-drive routes (6 looping trails)
  • Game viewing
  • Birding
  • Whale watching in winter, Dolphin watching all year
  • Turtle nesting guided walks
South Africa Nature Reserves : Game Reserves and National Parks
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