2 Hour Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise 2023-24

St Lucia South Africa KwaZulu Natal, iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Only 15 Seats Available


R380.00 p/p

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Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise

Your St Lucia trip can never be complete without a Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise along the St Lucia Estuary. This cruise, operated by Shoreline Boat Cruises, offers you an incredible up close and personal Boat Cruise Tour while in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Shoreline Boat Safaris offers 2x15 Seater Vessels on the St Lucia Estuary. These vessels have been purpose-built with shallow drafts thus ensuring you the closest up-close sightings while out on the water. With ample space to move around and live commentary in both English and Afrikaans, all skippers/guides have numerous years of experience and will undoubtedly make your trip a memorable one.

Departing daily from the Siyabonga Jetty (St Lucia).

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Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise St Lucia KZN

Key Highlights

  • Experience South Africa's very first World Heritage Site
  • The Perfect way to relax and enjoy the incredible Wildlife
  • Enjoy a wide range of departure times ideal just for you
  • Home to 800 Hippos and 1200 Nile Crocodiles
  • Witness an abundance of Bird-life en route
  • Exclusive 15 Seater Vessels
  • Guaranteed Hippo sightings
  • Daily Departures
  • English and Afrikaans commentary
  • Ample space onboard to move around freely
  • The ideal vessel from which to get those amazing Pictures

Duration 2 Hours

Commentary in English & Afrikaans

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Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise St Lucia

iSimangaliso Hippo Boat Cruise Overview

Gaze at the splendid Wildlife and picturesque views, thus, experiencing St Lucia from a whole new perspective as you sail through the very heart of this glorious area. Pass the sights, which make this one of the most magical areas in South Africa. On-board commentary is available to ensure you get the most from your experience.

With frequent departures, it is easy to fit this cruise into your St Lucia KwaZulu Natal trip and it's the perfect sightseeing tour.


Appreciate the beauty of St Lucia and its picturesque and magnificent wildlife. Discover and Witness the resident Hippos on the cruise. Relax and take in the beauty of the area as your cruise journeys on a UNESCO-listed landmark. Listen to Live Commentary available on-board in English.

Notably, one is guaranteed of Hippos during this 2-hour cruise and of course spectacular sightings of Crocodiles.

Your guides are passionate about protecting their environment, hear their stories, and most importantly their invaluable information on the system and just why the area is a World Heritage site.

Shoreline Vessels have been custom built to the exact needs of visitors to the area, the deck of the Shoreline vessels have optimal viewing space ensuring you splendid photographic opportunities. The vessels have a shallow draft with minimal impact on the environment.

What To Bring Along:

  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Windbreaker

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely yes, we only cancel when the weather does not permit us to depart.

It is not guaranteed however the likelihood is high.

Please if possible take a light jacket along, camera and cumfy clothing.

Without a doubt yes, should you not see a Hippo we will happily re-reimburse you immediately. Please note that this has never happened before though. We can not however guarantee sightings of the Nile Crocodiles.

Unfortunately, we can not guarantee sightings of the Nile Crocodiles, however, please do note that there is an estimated 1200 Nile Crocodiles in the Estuary.

The vessels offer a maximum of 15 Seats per vessel. These vessels have been purposely built with smaller groups in mind, being more intimate and personal. 

The vessels also have the shallowest drafts and therefore are able to go where no other vessels can.

Ample room and space ensure that you will the perfect view of all wildlife while out on a Hippo Boat Cruise in St Lucia. 

Siyabonga Jetty is our Departure point

Joining us on a super and exciting Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise? Please if you have already purchased your online ticket, please do meet us at the Siyabonga Jetty 15 minutes prior to departure. Alternatively please make use of the map below to find us in St Lucia and we will assist you with your tickets.

Skippers / Guides

All Skippers / Guides have their Samsa Skippers Tickets (passenger endorsements), Theta or FUGASA ( game ranger certificates) and are all First Aid Qualified. The passion and dedication is evident and we assure you that they will far exceed your expectations.

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Our Vessels have been custom built and offer the shallowest draft's on the Estuary ensuring you the closest up-close sightings while out on a boat cruise. Each vessel accommodates a total of 15 clients only, this ensures ample room to move around.

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Customer Reviews

One of the Must's while in St Lucia 

Next to the visit to the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, the boat cruise is a must in St. Lucia: Together with a wealth of information conveyed with regards to crocodiles, hippos and birdlife you can relax an enjoy the cruise!

Informative, Interesting and Relaxing

This is a great way to see a side of South Africa you'll never see from a car. The boats are small enough that you can interact with your guide and they can get in narrow spaces. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and was happy to answer the millions of questions my kids asked. It's a great way to experience life on the river in South Africa - in ways that you'd never see from shore. The crocs and hippos were amazing too. The boat was comfortable and the whole experience was very relaxing. A great deal and worth every penny!

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