Cape Vidal Self Drive

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Let's get you ready for an exceptional day out in the Bush as well as the Beach. Cape Vidal has to be one of the nicest destinations imaginable due to the fact that one may enjoy both the bush and beach simultaneously.

Self Dives into Cape Vidal are easy and easy to navigate. First of all, know that the Cape Vidal side is commonly referred to as the Eastern Shores of iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This side comprises of numerous loop roads, hides, picnic areas, and areas of interest. The road leading to Cape Vidal is all tarred and therefore easy to tow trailers and boats. For those wanting to enjoy a bit of wildlife then as always set off early.

isimangaliso wetland park cape vidal entrance

Access Gate

From St Lucia turn left at the roundabout travel approximately 3km to the Cape Vidal Gate.

cape vidal look out

Magical Scenery

Be bewildered by not only the wildlife but the impressive scenery as well.

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Mission Rocks

Two areas of accessing the beach include Mission Rocks and Cape Vidal.

From the Access gate to Cape Vidal distance is approximately 28km please note that this does not include any deviations (loop roads excetra). Should you like to travel directly to Cape Vidal then simply stay on the tarred road and continue until you reach the beach.

You will without a doubt encounter numerous species of wildlife, these may include the likes of Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Hippos, Antelope, and numerous other types of wildlife en-route. Please do at all times keep to the speed limit. The road is well maintained and also offers numerous areas where one may pull over and enjoy the most impressive views.

Loop Roads and Hides, ask for a map when you arrive at the gate. The staff will assist you with any additional information that you may require. Travelling on the gravel roads makes for some exciting adventures now knowing what wildlife may be seen around the bend. Leopards are for example the most impressive sightings, for you to have a chance it is best to travel early or late afternoon. Their camouflage is impressive which of course makes them extremely difficult to spot. They are their so keep an eye out.  The elephants may be a bit naughty so it is best to keep your distance at all times especially when in must.

sunset drive from St Lucia into isimangaliso wetland park

All of the loop roads led back to the main road and therefore no need that you will get lost.

Some of the loop roads include Hides and this is a have too. Stop and go enjoy them. Mission rocks is also a great stop, enjoy the impressive rock pools and one can easily hike north towards Bats Caves. Should you be interested in doing this then please do make sure that you do this at low tide.

This area also offers ablutions and a super picnic area to enjoy.

mission rocks cape vidal

Cape Vidal Self Drive Overview

Anyone can enjoy a self-drive to Cape Vidal. Should you be worried about your car then simply remain on the tarred road and continue directly to the beach. All visitors entering the park are required to keep their receipts and they will ask for them when leaving the park. Please remain inside of your car at all times except when indicated otherwise.

Cape Vidal beach area has numerous picnic areas, a fuel bowser, and a small convenience shop. Camping is permitted and log cabins are also available.

The beach area is pristine, with a protected bay in which to swim and snorkel. Please snorkel only at low tide. Please also note that vessels are launched from the beach and do keep an eye out for them.

During the high season, only 120 vehicles are permitted through the gate access. It is advisable to get there early. Gate Times do vary please see gate times and gate fees HERE.

To enjoy Cape Vidal it is better to enter the gate as early as possible, depending on what it is more important maybe swimming or snorkelling then travel straight through. En-route back one can easily enjoy a different route back home.

Take enough refreshments while in the car if you are more interested in wildlife. Enjoy every loop road and finally track to the beach to cool off.

The beach may become quite busy during the high season and school holidays.

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What else can you do on your Cape Vidal Self Drive?

  • Take a small fishing rod along and enjoy some fishing from the beach (license is required)
  • Read a book on one of the most incredible beaches.
  • Bird Spotting, you will be surprised by the bounty.
  • Spearfishing is allowed (vessel only)
  • Deep-Sea fishing
  • Game Watching
  • Relax

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Other places of interest while in the area of St Lucia has to include the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, Africa's oldest proclaimed reserve.

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