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Cape Vidal, South Africa
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Cape Vidal is renowned for sport fishing yet a family vacation at this coastal camp is about more than angling. Wedged between Lake Bhangazi and the Indian Ocean, this strip of land offers access to two unique environments. Hike shorelines and coastlines. Discover wetlands and forested dunes. Spot animals on land and at sea - hippos, crocs, buffalo, reedbuck, dolphins and humpback whales. Watch water, forest and grassland birds. Observe sea turtles. Snorkel in a tidal pool. Relax on gold sand beaches.
Getting There
Cape Vidal is part of the St. Lucia Marine Reserve and is situated in the area of iSimangaliso Wetland Park known as the Eastern Shores. The recreation area is located 36 km (22 miles) north of St. Lucia and roughly 60 km for Mtubatuba, the nearest town with a full range of services. The road is tarred to Cape Vidal camp.
When to Travel
While there is no right or wrong time of year to visit Cape Vidal there are a few things to consider when traveling with children. Summers are hot and humid. Winters are mild and dry. Rain is possible from December to February. Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles breed here from November to March. Humpback whales are seen off the coast from June to December. Snorkeling is best from December to February.
Health & Safety
Cape Vidal is a malaria risk area. Precaution is warranted. There are no shark nets. Swimming is considered safe at low tide only.
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Hours & Seasons
Park gates are open daily 5:00 - 19:00 October through March and 6:00 to 18:00 April through September. The camp office is open daily 8:00 - 12:30 and from 14:00 - 16:30. Sundays and public holidays 8:00 - 12:30 and from 13:30 - 15:30.
Admission & Fees
A park permit fee is charged year around. Children under 3 years of age are free of charge. A reduced rate is available for children aged 3 - 12. Visit the KZN Wildlife website for camping and cabin rates.
Things to Keep in Mind
It's 35 km (30-minute drive) from gate to camp. Access is limited; arrive early or join the queue. No pets allowed. Cape Vidal has both campsites and fully equipped log cabins. While it's not clear if guided walks are still offered, the self-guided trails offer a peek in the bush.
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