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Hippo and Croc Boat Cruise

in St. Lucia by St Lucia Safaris



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More about Hippo and Croc Boat Cruise

Fannas 'Spirit of St Lucia' was designed especially for the St Lucia estuarine environment. Fannas is a segmented-pontoon boat which was designed with an extra wide and flat bottom to keep it floating higher in the water. On the St Lucia Estuary this is beneficial as it allows Fannas to get closer to the banks, and some of the animals, than would usually be possible. Fannas only needs approximately 300 to 400 millimeters of water to float in. That is pretty impressive for a boat of its size.

All of the skippers/guides aboard the tour are very experienced and knowledgeable about both all of the flora and fauna in the area as well as boating techniques and safety. Our skippers/guides are fully qualified in the operation and handling of Fannas (as well as other watercraft) and have been specially trained in water-bound firefighting techniques and first-aid (basic & advanced).

The St Lucia Hippo and Crocodile Boat-Based Estuarine Tour is conducted over a distance of approximately 10kms. In this area, it will be possible to see 2-3 breeding pods of hippopotami, approximately 25-30 locally based crocodiles as well as the many majestic species of birds that are native to our area. Our area is known for the most species of birds available to be viewed in one locale in South Africa (almost 500 species).

What people say

What a wonderful experience! The boat guide and skipper were very knowledgeable and friendly. It was...  -  Kgothatso Moerane.



2 hours


All year round excluding Christmas Day


St Lucia - Sunset Jetty OR SIYABONGA JETTY - ASK US PLEASE - IT MIGHT CHANGE - inside St Lucia Town - at the bottom end of McKenzie street - PLEASE MAKE SURE to be here in ample time PRIOR to the boat departure - the boat will depart strictly ON the hour - no refunds for late arrivals or no shows - if you are unsure of where the jetty is, please phone us WELL IN ADVANCE, not at the last minute -


This service is weather dependant however it does operate during rainy days due to the undercover facility however it will only accommodate passengers in the lower level on rainy days. If there is gale force winds, this trip will be cancelled.

What to Wear:

Comfortable warm clothing

Things to bring:

Warm jacket Camera Binoculars ( optional ) FACE MASK

Guests or Spectators:

There are several activities to participate in the town of St Lucia. Places to visit like Cape Vidal and Isimangaliso Wetland Park and Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park. There is a variety of restaurants to dine at and it is a warm and friendly town to be enjoyed.
Inclusions & Exclusions


Boat Cruise, Qualified guide and skipper and lifejackets


Meals, drinks

Opinions On Hippo and Croc Boat Cruise

What the locals say about Hippo and Croc Boat Cruise.

Kgothatso Moerane

What a wonderful experience! The boat guide and skipper were very knowledgeable and friendly. It was a very educational experience and we got to see and learn about the other species (besides hippos and crocs). Everyone was friendly and answered any questions we had, it a great exeperince.

Peter Foster

This is a top class well organised and relaxing trip.The departure point was easy to locate. The guide was knowledgeable and pointed out many things that we would never have noticed.Well worth the trip. I will do it again when I am in the area. Highly recommended.

St. Lucia

The small KwaZulu-Natal coastal town is on the tip of one of the most biodiverse areas in the world.

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