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 holiday 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. A great destination for family or groups.
The Camp bay has a designated launch site for ski boats and deep-sea fishing and spear fishing are popular sports. It is sheltered and superb for snorkeling 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 snorkelers may come across a chain in the bay which is said to have come from the wreck.
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 Center to visit the camp for the day or small groups can stay at Cape Vidal.
There are private businesses in St Lucia which cater for school group guidance. Malaria precautions are advised. Renowned for its sport fishing and snorkeling, 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.
Facilities and Services
- 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.
- 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.
- One 6-bed, two 14-bed and one 20-bed group accommodation cabins with dormitory rooms, a lounge/ dining room, kitchen, bathroom and barbecue facilities.
Bhangazi Bush Lodge, 10 km from the hutted camp, sleeps eight guests in four self-contained, fully equipped units.
- Cape Vidal offers several forms of relaxation on your vacation. 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.
- On the same day one could see hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, elephants, whales on their northerly migration to calve in the warm waters off the Mozambique 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.
- Its a magnificent coastal resort holiday destination, 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.
- 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.
Cape Vidal log cabins
There are 18 x four-bedded and 8 x six-bedded log cabins available. These units are all equipped with two or three bedrooms, bathroom with shower, fully equipped kitchen, dinette and lounge area. All cabins are self-catering and fully equipped. You need to bring your own food and beverages. Visitors are responsible for their own cooking, but the cabins are serviced daily.
Bhangazi Bush Lodge
The Bhangazi Bush Lodge is situated on the western shores of Lake Bhangazi and is 10 km from the resort.
The lodge consists of 4 two-bedded en-suites bedrooms, joined by boardwalks to a fully equipped kitchen and open plan living area. There is no television at the Bhangazi Bush Lodge. The kitchen has a fridge and freezer. There is a gas stove in the kitchen. The lodge has a veranda overlooking the river.
The lodge is serviced on a daily basis. Visitors may walk in the vicinity of the lodge or do the Mziki and Emoyeni trails at Mission Rocks. Cape Vidal and the beach are ten minutes away. Visitors must bring food for the meals they want and the drinks of their choice. Limited supplies of food and drink can be purchased at the shop at Cape Vidal which is a ten minute drive away.
The bush camps only cater for one party at a time so for the period of your stay at Bhangazi Bush Lodge - Cape Vidal, it becomes your exclusive home in a bush and water world with international wetland and heritage status.
Please be aware that all bush camps can only be accessed by 4 x 4, 4 x 2 or SUV with high clearance due to the rugged terrain in which these bush lodges are located.
Activities for visitors
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.
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.
- A small shop contains some basic supplies.
There is a entry fee payable at Cape Vidal Camp.
These units have two bedrooms, a bathroom with shower, a fully-equipped kitchenette and a dinette/lounge. All cabins are self-catering and fully equipped.
High season is applicable over public holidays, school holidays, long weekends, events and high occupancy periods. Tariffs may differ to those advertised.
At the entrance to St Lucia village turn left at the T junction and take the road that goes past the Crocodile Centre to the Cape Vidal entrance gate.
Children of all ages welcome.