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Cape Vidal

St Lucia Marine Reserve

Cape Vidal is easily accessible, being only about a three-hour drive from Durban and less than an hour’s drive from Richards Bay.

There is a wide selection of accommodation available, which is ideally set back among the sand dunes, only a short distance from the beach. All food and beverage supplies need to be brought in.

Cape Vidal at a Glance

  • Campsites – 50 (all have electric plug points)
  • 5 Bed Log Cabins – 18 (fully equipped)
  • 8 Bed Log Cabins – 8 (fully equipped)
  • Multi-bed Cabins at Lake Bhangazi – 3 (sleeping from 6 to 20)
  • Bhangazi Bush Lodge – 4 self contained units sleeping a maximum of 8 guests
  • A small shop with basic supplies – Yes (including firewood and bait)
  • Diesel & Petrol Available – Yes


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The camp is situated beside dense coastal forest and abounds with wildlife, birds and small mammals.

The log cabins are furnished and are designed with either two or three bedrooms, a bathroom with shower, fully equipped kitchenette and a dinette/lounge.

The cabins are all self-catering and are serviced daily.  

There are 50 campsites at Cape Vidal, which are well positioned in the dune forest, where they are protected from wind and near the beach.

The ablutions have hot and cold water and there are showers and baths. All campsites have electric plug points.

The multi-bed cabins are ideal for fishing parties. Built on the edge of Lake Bhangazi, these three units can be hired for groups of between six and 20.

Built on the western shores of Lake Bhangazi, Bhangazi Bush Lodge is located about 10km from the main resort and log cabins and consists of four self-contained and fully equipped units, sleeping up to eight guests in twin bedded rooms.

There is a fully equipped kitchen with gas stove and deepfreeze and the services of a cook are available.

Cape Vidal has a wide variety of activities to keep visitors entertained. There is a designated launch site for ski-boats and it is a popular deep-sea and spear-fishing spot.

The bay, which is sheltered, offers excellent snorkelling at low tides. Cape Vidal also offers access to the eastern shores of Lake St Lucia, which is home to a variety of game including many antelope, giraffe, warthog, hippos, crocodiles, rhino and buffalo as well as a wealth of water, forest and grassland birds.

The Indian Ocean shoreline offers visitors the additional opportunity of seeing marine animals – including marlin, sailfish and dolphins. The humpback whales use this route on their northerly migration to Mozambique to calve.

In December loggerhead and leatherback turtles use these beaches for laying their eggs. Excursions can be arranged to (hopefully) witness this remarkable phenomenon.

Cape Vidal is renowned for its sport fishing (deep-sea and surf) and snorkelling, but also offers visitors a safe, sheltered, although unprotected swimming beach, great wildlife viewing opportunities and fantastic birding - all within a World Heritage Reserve.


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