Cape Vidal

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32km from St Lucia

-28.1322, 32.5523


+27 35 590 9012, +27 33 845 1000


Cape Vidal falls within the St Lucia Marine Reserve and is situated north-east of St Lucia within the Isimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site. It has the best of both worlds, with access to Lake St Lucia where there is a variety of game including reedbuck and other antelope, hippos, crocodiles and buffalo; spectacular water, forest and grassland birds; and the wonderful Indian Ocean shore line with its startling array of marine animals.

The marine habitat is a part of the route used by humpback whales on their northerly migration to Mozambique to calve. Other ‘big game’ includes migratory marlin, sailfish and dolphins. In December the loggerheads and leatherback turtles come onto the beach to lay eggs.

This scenic coastal camp is renowned for its sport fishing and snorkelling and there is a relatively safe area for swimming. There is abundant bird and animal life and self-guided trails enable visitors to see some of the surrounding wetlands and Lake Bhangazi.

Cape Vidal bay has a designated launch site for ski boats, and deep-sea fishing and spear fishing are popular sports. It is sheltered and superb for snorkelling at a low tide. Snorkelers may come across a chain in the bay which is said to have come from the Dorothea, a wooden barque shipwrecked in 1898.

Accommodation is situated further back in the dunes. There are eighteen 5-bed and eleven 8-bed fully equipped log cabins, each with bathroom and shower, a fully equipped kitchenette and a dinette/lounge.

For fishing parties, five multi-bed cabins (sleeping 8 - 20) may be hired on the shore of Lake Bhangazi. Cape Vidal also has 50 campsites in the dune forest near the beach, and Bhangazi Bush Lodge, 10 km from the hutted camp, sleeps eight guests in four self-contained, fully equipped units.


  • 38 cottages, sleeps 5-20 people each
  • 50 campsites