EuroZulu

Big Five Safaris to Hluhluwe / Imfolozi, Turtle Tracking Tours, Cape Vidal Adventure Tour and Safari, Salt Water Fly Fishing, and Birding

Grade

Pretty Wild

Disabled Friendly

No

Accommodation

Yes

Team Building Facilities

Yes

Family Friendly

Yes

EuroZulu Guided Tours and Safaris is a family-run safari company based in St Lucia, Zululand, South Africa. We specialize in land-based safaris and pride ourselves in a quality service and extraordinary adventure for all of our guests.

Provide tours into Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and Isimangaliso Wetland Park Eastern Shores. Catered or non-catered on request.
Sunset tours into Isimangaliso Wetland Park, a specialty individualized tours planned and provided on request.
All tours focus on wildlife and environment.
Tours into the Isimangaliso Wetland Park include a discussion on the parks history and current objectives.
All tours accompanied by qualified, registered Tour Guides, Knowledgeable on wildlife and environment of the area. Cape Vidal Safari
The Cape Vidal Safari has to be the best value for money you can get, as it includes a game safari through the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and swimming/ snorkeling in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean at Cape Vidal. Nowhere in the world will you find 5 major eco-systems so close together. The day starts at 8 am with a game safari through the newly named iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our knowledgeable guides will discuss the history of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and will share their local knowledge about the animals, birds, and plants of this unique area. Included in the safari will be a short bush walk to see the panoramic view of the St Lucia estuary and the Indian Ocean, followed by tea/coffee and homemade rusks. On arrival at Cape Vidal, sea conditions permitting, we can swim/snorkel in the warm Indian Ocean. Lunch will be a South African braai (barbeque) with rump steak, boerewors sausage, salads, bread rolls and drinks including wine, beer, and soft drinks. During lunch, we are often visited by rare Samango monkeys. The Cape Vidal Safari ends at around 4 pm with a leisurely game drive back through the World Heritage Site to St Lucia. Half day Caspe Vidal Safaris are also available, depending on tides, and will include breakfast only.

History of Cape Vidal
In 1822, the Royal Navy sent the ships Leven, Barracouta and Cockburn to survey the coastline. The captain of the Barracouta was Lt. A. Vidal, after whom Cape Vidal was named. Leven Point was named after the sloop HMS Leven. In 1849 Douglas Angas recorded the first Nyala known to science near False Bay Park, subsequently named Tragelaphus Angasi after him. 1900s explorers and hunters encountered teeming herds of game including The British thwarted the Boers of the new Vryheid Republic before claiming St Lucia as a port and HMS Goshawk was dispatched to annex the area in December 1884. The following year St Lucia town was proclaimed. The town soon became popular as a fishing resort with the first hotel established in the 1920s. In the mid 1950s, a bridge was built, connecting the town to the mainland, prior to which a Pont was used. In 1898 the ship Dorothea was wrecked on the reef off Cape Vidal. The ship was rumoured to be carrying the “Kruger millions”, illicit gold bought on the Witwatersrand and smuggled out of the country to buy arms in Europe for the Boer troops. So far, numerous attempts to recover the cargo have failed. Also in 1898 a mission station was established at Mount Tabor near Mission Rocks which continued to function until the mid 1980s. In 1943, members of RAF 262 Squadron were based in the eastern shores to carry out anti-submarine patrols using Catalina flying boats. An observation building was erected at Mount Tabor, now converted into an overnight hut for the Mziki trail. The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park was proclaimed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site on 1 December 1999 and on 1 November 2007 the name was changed to iSimangaliso Wetland Park to reflect the area’s Zulu origins. The name iSimangaliso is derived from the Zulu proverb “Ubone isimanga esabonwa uJeqe kwelama Thonga” (“If you have seen miracles, you have seen what uJeqe saw in the land of the Thonga”.)

St Lucia Turtle Tours
St Lucia Turtle Tour Season (NOV-MARCH) allows our knowledgeable and very experienced guide, to take you on a magical and life-changing experience, to watch one of natures most amazing circles of life, the egg-laying process of the leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles. These turtles’ instinct is so amazing, to think that they are returning to their “place of birth”, after years at sea, to lay the next batch of eggs. St Lucia Turtle Tours run after sunset because the turtles generally emerge from the sea to lay their eggs after dark. We collect you from your accommodation, and the St Lucia Turtle Tour duration is approximately 6 hrs. The reason for this is we do a night drive through the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (a World Heritage Site), in order to travel to Cape Vidal and then back again. On these night drives we often see leopard, hippo, buffalo, hyena and other antelope. Once at Cape Vidal we then drive onto the beach where we drive 23km up the beach, further into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park wilderness, in search of our “secretive” leatherback and loggerhead turtles. The duration on the beach is approximately 4 hrs as we are only allowed to be on the beach 2 hrs before and 2 hrs after low tide. Sometime during the night we will stop and have a lovely dinner under the stars which includes a variety of cold meats and salad with drinks.

St Lucia / Cape Vidal Saltwater Fly Fishing
The ultimate fly fishing experience – fishing the surf zone at Cape Vidal! We will travel to Cape Vidal via the iSimangaliso Wetland Park with the chance of spotting wildlife including buffalo, rhino, and leopard. Once at Cape Vidal, for those who are brave enough to fish from the rocks in search of the big KINGFISH (THE JACK), be prepared to get WET as you will be pounded by waves! Fishing the beaches is much easier but the fish are generally smaller.
St Lucia saltwater fly fishing is not the easiest but is hugely rewarding. To be a successful fly fisherman in salt water, the most important aspect is to be able to read the water, and we can teach beginners. If you can do this, you will almost certainly catch fish. One of the most exciting things about fishing in the sea is the huge variety of fish that take a fly. So far our guide has caught more than 20 separate species of fish in St Lucia and Cape Vidal areas.

Equipment
We do provide it, but we recommend you bring your own!
Our recommendation is an 8/9-weight rod with DI.7 sinking line on a good saltwater reel with lots of backing. This rig should be adequate to target the bigger fish. For the smaller fish, we recommend that a 5 weight or upwards with sinking line would be adequate.
A good pair of rock shoes.
Stripping basket.
Variety of flies (big AND small). Colours: red/white, chartreuse, black/red, orange, pink/white
We use sinking lines because they are more versatile as they are thin and cut through the air more easily, and also because they are less affected by wind – remember the wind is always blowing at the coast. Wave action also has less effect on these sinking lines.
Costs are calculated on an hourly basis from the time we collect you to the time we drop you off. Food and drinks are excluded.

Night drive (Western shores of iSimangaliso)
We have a working agreement with St Lucia based Jubisa tours to work their iSimangaliso western shores concession. The western shores are part of the iSimangaliso wetland park. As the name suggests it is on the western side of the St Lucia estuary. The gate into the iSimangaliso’s western shores is only 2km from the town of St Lucia. There are two species of animals that one can see on the western shores of iSimangaliso that you will not see on the eastern shores of iSimangaliso namely Nyala antelope and the giraffe. The elephant of the iSimangaliso wetland park spends 90 percent of their time on the western shores of the park. So this is where you have the best chance of seeing the elephant when staying in St Lucia. Other special animals that we see there are the hippo, hyena, side striped jackal, leopard, rhino, and buffalo. Then all the other general game of the area are also there. The only animal of the Big Five we do not have in the park are lion. We do two tours from St Lucia into the western shores of iSimangaliso.

Sunset drive (3hrs)
These tours start at 4 pm in the winter and at 5 pm in the summer.
We will collect you at your accommodation in St Lucia. The tour duration is three hours. The great thing about these drives is you get the lovely sunsets and sometime in the dark.
It is always advisable to bring a warm jacket.

Night drives (3hrs)
These tours start at 7 pm in the winter and 8 pm in the summer. Once again we will collect you from your accommodation in St Lucia. On these tours, we concentrate more on the nocturnal animals like spotted genets, hyenas, porcupines, owls, nightjar etc… Then there is all the other game that we see. When doing a night drive “always” bring a warm jacket. We can do a 3hr morning drive on request please remember these tours will not be done for less than 4 people and depends on the availability of guides.

Birding Tours – Zululand Birding Route & the Igwalagwala Trail
St Lucia and surrounding area are part of the Zululand Birding Route and have the Igwalagwala Trail, which both offer some of the best birding opportunities anywhere in South Africa. Published author and ornithologist Ian Sinclair said: “The Igwalagwala Trail in St Lucia [South Africa] has to be one of the best birding walks in the world for the number of quality birds for the surface area you have.” There are over 500 species of birds in summer, including many migrants. Birding tours are custom designed according to what you want to see, and costs are calculated at an hourly rate. So whether you want to see water birds, seabirds, forest birds, or birds of prey, our local knowledge will give you the very best chance to find the birds you want.

Hluhluwe / Imfolozi Safaris
Our Hluhluwe Safaris will give you an adrenalin-charged wildlife experience in the Hluhluwe / Imfolozi, the main game park in South Africa. Picture yourself having breakfast with 360 degrees of breathtaking view with the possibility of wild animals grazing only a few meters away. Our bonnet breakfast includes muesli, yogurt, sandwiches, tea/coffee and homemade rusks.
Lunch is a South African braai (barbeque) at one of the many beautiful picnic sites in the park. If we’re lucky, we will see wildlife from our picnic table. Lunch includes rump steak, boerewors (sausage), buns, salads and ‘dessert’ with drinks (beer, wine, and soft drinks).
We pick you up at your accommodation before sunrise and drive to Hluhluwe / Imfolozi Park in an open game viewing vehicle (see homepage). Our vehicles provide full weather protection. Once in the Hluhluwe / Imfolozi Park, our main focus is to find the lions, leopard, cheetah, wild dogs and hyenas which are most active at dawn. After a beautiful African sunrise, we’ll have breakfast and the rest of the day is spent looking for other wildlife, both ‘large and small’. Our ‘big 5 hunts’ may include a sighting of the rare Black Rhino, with only an estimated 3000 left in the world. Our guides are extremely knowledgeable about the region’s animals, birds, and plant life and will be happy to share this knowledge with you throughout the day.

History
The first evidence of human activity was the smelting of iron in the river valleys, with the implements used for hunting and warfare. The wildlife was an important source of protein for Iron Age communities. The Zulu people arrived in the 1800s. They used huge pitfall traps to kill animals and these traps can still be found in the wilderness areas today. Then came the “Great White Hunters”. Hundreds of thousands of animals were slaughtered and in less than 50 years, all the elephants and many other species were decimated.
By 1890 fewer than 100 white rhino were left in the last stronghold on earth. Luckily, in 1895, the area was proclaimed as a game sanctuary, the oldest in Africa. In 1989 the Hluhluwe and Imfolozi Parks were joined together to form the Park as we know it today.
The Park supports a huge variety of life, including some 84 mammal species, more than 350 birds and more than 1200 plants, not to mention numerous reptiles and insect

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