Today we drove north to the town of St Lucia. The town is next to South Africa's first World Heritage listed site called iSimangaliso (Zulu for "place of miracle and wonder").
We explored the town in the late morning, having lunch at the Thyme Square cafe which had excellent food despite a rather twee ambience. We attempted a walk on one of the nature trails but retreated after a hippo roared nearby in the bush - so much for their being nocturnal! From there we drove to the beach, where at least you'd have a chance to see them coming. We walked along the boardwalk where we saw hippos in the distance, plus a couple of crocs and a shark. Absolutely, positively not a place for a swim!
|Two crocodiles and one zambezi shark (look carefully!)|
The park includes large areas of lakes which are home to a huge variety of wildlife, including over 1000 crocodiles, 800 hippos, many sharks and a host of various bird species. The lakes used to be open to the sea but the bar has not been breached for 15 years and the water level is gradually falling.
|Great White Egret|
|Yellow Weavers and nests|
|Hippo and two crocs|
|Wake-up time for a hippo|
|Big yawn - stay well clear!|
|You are being watched|
|Sunset on the lake|