St Lucia Boat Tours

St Lucia Boat Tours, departing every two hours join us and discover the beauty that surrounds us while in St Lucia KwaZulu Natal. 

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+27 35 5901555

+27 64 037 6415



800 Hippos and 1200 Nile Crocodiles
Price: R380 p/adult
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St Lucia Boat Tours

2 Hours on board Shoreline Boat Safaris

Departure Point

Siyabonga Jetty, for map click here

Hippos Galore

With an estimated 800 Hippos you are sure to have some splendid sightings

Crocodiles Galore

With an estimated 1200 Nile Crocodiles be sure to have that camera handy

Guaranteed Hippo Sightings

Rest assured 100% sightings guaranteed

Don't Forget

To bring your camera's along

St Lucia Boat Tours: Overview

Looking for something extra special while in St Lucia. No visit to St Lucia can ever be complete without enjoying a St Lucia Boat Tour. These Estuary trips depart daily and travel up one of the largest estuarine systems in South Africa. During your Boat Tour, you will travel approximately 10 km North and go in search of the amazing and magnificent wildlife both within the estuary as well as on the estuary banks. Sit back and enjoy some marvelous sights while your skipper/guide explains the importance of the system, enjoy close-up sightings of both Hippos and Crocs.

This truly is an adventurous way to enjoy the area. Shoreline Boat Safaris offers 2 vessels with a maximum capacity of only 15 passengers. These vessels were specially designed to ensure optimum space and free space for all clients. These vessels also offer the shallowest draft on the estuary and therefore truly get up close to the various wildlife while out on a Boat Tour.

Due to popularity, prior bookings are essential. Should you like to make bookings via telephone then please do call 035 590 1555 alternatively click on the above link for availability and pricing.

It's not just about the Hippos, during your St Lucia Boat Tour you may encounter various wildlife on the banks of the estuary, some species that frequent the area include Leopard, Elephants, Water Buck, and many more. During the dry season especially when the Marula trees start carrying their fruit is a great time to witness the elephants as they cross the estuary in search of some tasty treats.

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It's an incredible journey one of pure delight and wildlife.

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St Lucia Boat Tours & Wildlife

The St Lucia Estuary is home to an abundance of wildlife. The trips cover an estimated distance of approximately 7 to 9 km in a northerly direction from the Siyabonga Jetty situated just outside of town.

The trip's primary emphasis is to showcase the incredible beauty and of course the wildlife. Close-ups of Hippos are guaranteed and let's hope for some amazing Hippos yawning while out on the St Lucia Boat Tour.

The Nile Crocodiles be it 1200 are not always seen however your skipper will undoubtedly make sure he tries his very best. Birdlife is well quite spectacular from African Fish Eagles to Mangrove King Fish may be seen.

Some other incredible wildlife sightings that may also be enjoyed include the likes of Water Buck, Elephant, Kudu, Leopard, and smaller antelope.

St Lucia Boat Tours & the Estuary

The St Lucia Estuary falls within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and is, therefore, a World Heritage site. Proclaimed by Unesco as a heritage site in 1999, this small but quaint village lives up to its status. The St Lucia Estuary divides the Western shores from the Eastern Shores both areas offer some incredible wildlife sightings by car as a self-drive or an organized safari tour.

The estuary itself is one of the largest on the African continent. North to South 85km, and East to West 22km at its widest. We truly hope that you will enjoy this magnificent Boat Tour while in St Lucia. Numerous time slots are available with the early morning and late afternoon trips being the most popular.

For Online Bookings Please select the Dates below & then Time Slot

St Lucia Boat Tours
Our Happy Clients

We had an amazing ride with Dennis my son thoroughly enjoyed it, was wonderful to see the crocs so close and the hippos absolutely enjoyed



This was our first stop on a two-week ZA trip and it did not disappoint! The guide was extremely knowledgeable and open for questions. He went into great detail about these animals and shared some very interesting facts. There was plenty of time to ask questions and take pictures. Our boat was fairly small compared to the other companies we saw, which was certainly an advantage - a more personal experience.


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St Lucia Boat Tours: What to Take Along

As St Lucia experiences subtropical weather year round please do take a light jacket along. 


If possible take a pair along


Definitely any type style or kind and extra batteries if you have

Departure Point with complimentary Parking

Shoreline Boat Safaris
Our Address

52 McKenzie Street 
St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal

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Office Hours

8 AM- 6 PM on Weekdays
8 AM -6 PM on Saturday & Sunday

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Hello, Please let us know if we can assist you regarding Accommodation or Tours & Safaris.

Top Attraction is the Hippo Boat Cruises at R300 pp