Cape Vidal Information
Cape Vidal is situated within iSimangaliso Wetland Park KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. This park is South Africa's very first world heritage site since 1999.
The park stretches from Mphelane in the south and borders Mozambique in the north. Cape Vidal offers travellers pristine beaches, incredible surroundings not to mention the abundance of wildlife that one may find within the area. Cape Vidal is on the Eastern Shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and has the St Lucia Estuary that divides the two parks in half.
Cape Vidal is a top destination for both day and overnight visitors especially during the school holidays. Bookings are absolutely essential as some bookings are made up to a year in advance.
Cape Vidal is especially popular due to mainly its incredible beauty and fishing for the locals. Cape Vidal offers both Log Cabin Accommodation and camping accommodation options. During the cooler months June to end October one has the special opportunity to witness the mighty Humback Whales from the shores and during the warmer months one can witness Turtles laying their eggs along the coast line. Ashort drive out off Cape Vidal camp one can enjoy numerous loop roads developed that gives one some magnificent views of the vistas that extend into the hills of Hluhluwe. Hides and pans have also been developed by iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority ensuring that visitors to the area can experience the area.
Cape Vidal Accommodation
Log Style Accommodation as well as Camping sites are available within Cape Vidal. With 18 five bedded log cabins and 10 eight bedded log cabins to choose from. Rustic accommodation with all needed amenities are available in all accommodations.
Each cabin is set within the forest just behind the beach sand dunes thus ensuring easy access to the beach.
All of the units have the following:
two or three bedrooms,
a fully equipped kitchen and
lounge with outdoor braai facilities
All log cabins are self-catering and are fully equipped
Cabins are serviced daily
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its superlative natural beauty and unique global values.
The 332 000 hectare Park contains three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700 year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25 000 year-old coastal dunes – among the highest in the world. The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, which aptly describes this unique place.
Come and experience the diverse experiences in the 10 jewels that make up the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Enjoy the endless beaches that stretch 220 kilometers from Maphelane in the south to Kosi Bay on the Mozambique border, view game on self-guided or guided trails and routes on the foothills of the Lubombo mountains in uMkhuze or in the coastal forests and rolling grasslands of Lake St Lucia’s Eastern Shores. See the spectacular coral reefs and colourful underwater life whilst diving or snorkeling or embark on adventures ranging from kayak trips to horse rides.
Information surplied by: iSimangaliso Wetland Park Website
Important Information Cape Vidal
Their is a small convenience store in the camp however the closest town St Lucia is aprox 35 km away. It is advisable that you make sure that you have all of your provisions prior to entering the gate.
Their is a speed limit for passenger vehicles of 40km/h please do adhere to the speed limit. Numerous wildlife sightings may occur along your drive towards Cape Vidal, please do signal should you come across a wildlife sighting with your hazard lights.
The park has numerous loop and pan loop roads, these are defiantly worth a visit either early morning or late afternoon. Cape Vidal has a large concentration of Leopards and other magnificent species.
Should you be a angler please do ensure that you have a fishing licence which is available at the local post office of KZN office in St Lucia.
Deep sea fishing by ski boat or jet ski is permitted, however a specific no of boats are only allowed to launch each day. Please enquire at the reception desk as to the allotted no's.
Cape Vidal is a surf launch area please do take care when launching. The bay is a natural and protected bay, swimming and snorkelling is permitted. Cape Vidal Bay is utilised by anglers and ski boaters so please be on the lookout for either.
It is only advisable to snorkel during low tide due to strong rip currents. Please ask at the reception for a tide chart.
Please do not under any circumstance feed any of the animals found within the area.