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Hippo and Croc Boat Cruise

St Lucia

Activity Description

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 water craft) 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 bird available to be viewed in one locale in South Africa (almost 500 species).


ProviderSt Lucia Safaris
Duration2 hours
WhenAll year round excluding Christmas Day
WhereSt Lucia - Sunset Jetty - 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 -
WeatherThis 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 WearComfortable warm clothing
Things to BringWarm jacket Some cash for tuck shop/cash bar Camera Binoculars ( optional )
Guests or SpectatorsThere 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.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsBoat Cruise, Qualified guide and skipper and lifejackets
ExclusionsMeals, drinks; however there is a snack and beverage bar on board where refreshments can be purchased.


Herewith just wanting to let you know if you include our 2-HOUR Hippo/Croc
Photographic, educational, informative, slow Boat Cruise on the ST LUCIA ESTUARY, departing from SUNSET JETTY in your itineraries, to be aware of our departure times: If you work according to this schedule there will always be a boat departing.

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