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) - R35
Per adult - R45
Per Juvenile (<12yrs) - R22.50
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.
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.
A small shop at Cape Vidal contains some basic supplies.
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
Rating: Reviewed by Claudine Klingenberg on 27 October 2014
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.
Rating: Reviewed by Isabel Davies on 15 September 2014
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.
Rating: Reviewed by Anne Ebert over a year ago
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.
Rating: Reviewed by Nicki over a year ago
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: R4000.00 per unit, Max: 8