Cape Vidal Camp is a magnificent coastal resort set in a sheltered coastal bay in the Greater St Lucia 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.
Renowned for its sport fishing and snorkelling, this scenic Cape Vidal Camp is situated on the north of the Eastern Shores area of the Wetland Park.
There is a relatively safe area for swimming, wildlife, especially birds, is abundant and self-guided trails enable visitors to see some of the surrounding wetlands and Lake Bhangazi.
On the same day one could see hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, elephants, whales on their northerly migration to Mocambique to calve, 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.
The sheltered bay has a designated launch site for ski boats with excellent offshore angling, spear fishing, and snorkeling.
Facilities in the Cape Vidal Camp include a petrol station, interpretive centre, curio shop and superette.
This is a malaria area.
Accommodation at Cape Vidal Camp
The Cape Vidal camp features:
* 18 five-bed log cabins with 2 bedrooms (2 single beds plus 1 single bed and a 2-sleeper bunk bed in the second room), a bathroom with shower, a fully equipped kitchenette and a dinette/lounge. The kitchenette comprises of a kettle, stove, fridge, microwave and all the necessary crockery, cutlery, etc.
* 10 eight-bed log cabins with three bedrooms, a bathroom with shower, a fully equipped kitchenette and a dinette/lounge. The kitchenette comprises of a kettle, stove, fridge, microwave, deep freezer and all the necessary crockery, cutlery, etc.
Barbecue facilities are provided.
Everything is provided and visitors only have to bring food and drinks. Visitors are responsible for own cooking and washing up of dishes. The cabins are cleaned each morning.
In addition the camp features one eight-bed, two 12-bed, one 14-bed and one 20-bed group accommodation cabins with dormitory rooms, a lounge/ dining room, kitchen, bathroom and barbecue facilities. These are ideal for school or other groups.
Entry fee to Cape Vidal
Vehicles (<11 passengers) - R40
Per adult - R35
Per Juvenile (<12yrs) - R17.50
Children under 3 are free.
Ski-boat fishing, surf fishing, snorkelling, swimming, hiking, scuba diving, bird watching and the guided Mvubu trail that leads through the forest to Lake Bhangazi.
The chalets nice and clean but general maintenance needs to be done. Would also like to see the beach cleaned of the small unnecessary pollution that is around.
Rating: Reviewed by Louise Field on 21 January 2014
We had a wonderful time, the accommodation is very basic and rustic and very tired, but we went with few expectations so were not disappointed. Monkeys are a problem, but as long as you keep all doors and windows closed, all is well. The game drive in is fabulous with wonderful sightings of rhino and teems of other wildlife and birdlife. We advise to take lots of 5litre bottles of water as drinking water is unsafe. The beds are VERY comfortable.
Rating: Reviewed by Debbie Gobbett on 3 January 2014
We were very satisfied with the accommodation. Stayed in one of the Cabins. Loved the wild that roamed through the accommodation units and loved the idea that we were so close to them. The cleaning lady was friendly and did a superb job in cleaning the unit. We felt very safe and secure. We will definitely return to this experience. The reserve is a great highlight to our vacation.
Rating: Reviewed by Alta de Meyer on 2 July 2013
Even though the log houses are no longer close to today’s standards, it’s a marvelous site to stay. Friendly staff and the promise to upgrade the log houses fairly soon will definitely let you come back. The beach is just great and swimming is wonderful - pay close attention to the severe currents, in particular during high tide. Make sure you bring your own supplies or go fishing, as the store has very limited stock.
Rating: Reviewed by Carsten Hansen on 16 March 2013
Other Accommodation near Cape Vidal Camp:
Accommodation options within 8km from Cape Vidal Camp include:
|Bhangazi Bush Lodge - Cape Vidal
Situated 10 km from the Cape Vidal camp, this luxurious bush lodge sleeps eight guests in four self-contained, fully equipped units.
|From: R3500.00 per unit, Max: 8