Cape Vidal Camp
falls within the St Lucia Marine Reserve and is situated north-east of St Lucia within the Isimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site.
This pretty bay is supported by a variety of accommodation set back in the dunes. There are 18 five-bedded and 8 eight-bedded fully equipped log cabins. These have two and three bedrooms, a bathroom with shower, a fully equipped kitchenette and a dinette/lounge. For fishing parties, 3 multi-bed cabins (sleeping 6 - 20) may be hired on the shore of Lake Bhangazi. Cape Vidal also has 50 campsites in the dune forest near the beach. Bhangazi Bush Lodge, 10 km from the hutted camp, sleeps eight guests in four self-contained, fully equipped units.
Cape Vidal Camp
bay has a designated launch site for skiboats and deep-sea fishing and spear fishing are popular sports. It is sheltered and superb for snorkelling at a low tide. Cape Vidal is near the site of the Dorothea shipwreck, a wooded barque which was lost in heavy weather on 31 January 1898. She was said to be carrying gold from the Transvaal. The whereabouts of the Dorothea is unknown however snorkellers may come across a chain in the bay which is said to have come from the wreck.
Cape Vidal Camp
has the best of both worlds with access to the eastern shores of Lake St Lucia where there is a variety of game including reedbuck, 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 the route used by humpback whales on their northerly migration to Mozambique to calve.
Other "big game" include migratory marlin, sailfish and dolphins. In December the loggerheads and leatherback turtles come onto the beach to lay eggs. Schools based at St Lucia can make arrangements through the Crocodile Centre to visit Cape Vidal Camp for the day or small groups can stay at Cape Vidal Camp.
There are private businesses in St Lucia which cater for school group guidance. Malaria precautions are advised. Renowned for its sport fishing and snorkelling, this scenic coastal camp is situated on the north of the Eastern Shores area of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. There is a relatively safe area for swimming, wildlife, especially birds, is abundant.
WHAT TO DO ON ARRIVAL
- All overnight visitors must check in at the reception office at Cape Vidal on arrival. Office hours are from 08:00 - 16:30 (Monday - Saturday) and on Sundays and Public Holidays from 08:00 - 15:30.
- Those who have confirmed bookings are expected to check-in no later than 16:30 on the day of arrival.
- Visitors arriving after 16:30 must please notify the office in advance and may collect keys in a key box next to the Reception and campers may check the allocated sites with the security at the camp site entrance.
WHAT TO BRING
- The nearest shop is 35 km away, so all food supplies must be brought in by visitors.
- Petrol, diesel, firewood and bait can be purchased at Cape Vidal Camp.
- A small shop at Cape Vidal contains some basic supplies.
Facilities and Services for Cape Vidal Camp:
- The sheltered bay has a designated launch site for ski boats with excellent offshore angling, spear fishing, and snorkeling.
- The wreck of the Dorethea, close to Cape Vidal, is reputed to have contained the Kruger millions when it sank.
- The camp features 18 five-bed log cabins, 8 eight-bed log cabins with three and two bedrooms respectively, fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms, and lounge/dining rooms with barbecue facilities.
- In addition the camp features one 6-bed, two 14-bed, one 20-bed group accommodation cabins with dormitory rooms, a lounge/ dining room, kitchen, bathroom and barbecue facilities.
- There are also camping facilities.
- Bhangazi Bush Lodge, 10 km from the hutted camp, sleeps eight guests in four self-contained, fully equipped units.
Activities at Cape Vidal Camp:
- Cape Vidal offers several forms of relaxation. The area has become well known for its excellent ski-boat fishing.
- Surf fishing is also rewarding. Scuba diving is not permitted, but there is a safe but unprotected bathing area which is sheltered from the sea by a reef.
- The camp is situated beside dense coastal forest and abounds with a great variety of birds and small mammals.
- There are no self-guided trails at Cape Vidal, however game viewing along the many tourist roads can be rewarding.
Attractions in Cape Vidal Camp:
- On the same day one could see hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, elephants, whales on their northerly migration to calve in the warm waters off the Mocambique coast, loggerhead and leatherback turtles in summer as they come onto the beaches to lay their eggs, dolphins, and a variety of water, forest or grassland birds.
- Cape Vidal is a magnificent coastal resort set in a sheltered coastal bay in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, with shallow pools and rock ledges for snorkeling, unspoiled beaches for walking and self-guided trails around the fascinating wetlands, in the rich coastal forest and on the shores of Lake Bhangazi.
- Cape Vidal has the best of both worlds with access to the eastern shores of Lake St Lucia where there is a variety of game including reedbuck, 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.
Accommodation at Cape Vidal Camp:
There are 18 five-bedded and 10 eight-bedded log cabins available.
These units have:
- two and three bedrooms,
- a bathroom with shower,
- a fully-equipped kitchenette and
- a dinette/lounge.
All cabins are self-catering and fully equipped. It is only necessary to bring food and beverages. Visitors, however, are responsible for their own cooking . The cabins are serviced daily.
- There are 50 campsites in the dune forest near the beach.
- Ablutions with hot and cold water are available and include showers and baths.
- All campsites have electric plug points.
CAPE VIDAL - BHANGAZI BUSH LODGE
The Bhangazi Bush Lodge is situated on the western shores of Lake Bhangazi and is 10 km from the resort.
It sleeps eight people in 4 two-bedded self-contained units.
There is a fully-equipped kitchen containing a gas stove and a deepfreeze and the services of a cook are available.
Cape Vidal offers several forms of relaxation.
The area has become well known for its excellent ski-boat fishing.
Surf fishing is also rewarding.
Scuba diving is not permitted, but there is a safe but unprotected bathing area which is sheltered from the sea by a reef.
The camp is situated beside dense coastal forest and abounds with a great variety of birds and small mammals.
There are no self-guided trails at Cape Vidal, however game viewing along the many tourist roads can be rewarding.
- 4 unsuited bedrooms separated by boardwalks
- No TV
- Fridge & Freezer
- gas stove
- Veranda overlooking the river
- Cook available
There is a entry fee payable at Cape Vidal Camp.
The overall neatness was very good The cabin needs a bit of attention and the cutlery, stove are not in very good condition. Would be nice to put in additional toilet for when one of the 8 is in the bathroom. But the nature was very beautiful and perfect
We had a wonderful holiday with perfect weather. The only negatives were the bat faeces and urine on the balcony of the cabin. Cabin was a bit run down but we were on the beach or game drives most of the time so did not spend too much time in there anyway. Nice to see that the cabins are being upgraded. The monkeys kept us amused with their antics and the beach is incredible. Will most definitely return next year.
Location is great as well as organization and housekeeping. However, we had a very old hut with really old inventory, not so nice. If this can be improved we will come back.
Only real problem was the very outrageous behavior of some of the saman go monkeys - coming into our cabin, while we were there, to take fruit and a loaf of bread. Sounds funny after the event, but quite startling at the time. This necessitated us keeping all doors and windows closed while we were home, made us feel like prisoners and explained the slightly musty smell. Cabin itself was good, and well equipped. Beach fabulous. Whole place beautiful.