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ABOUT US

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a United Nations World Heritage Site located on the Indian Ocean coast of South Africa near the borders with Mozambique and Swaziland. The park encompasses several different conservation areas centered on Lake St. Lucia, it’s tidal estuary, neighbouring game reserves and the St. Lucia Marine Reserve which extends offshore into the Mozambique Straight.

 

Kian Barker, owner of Shakabarker Tours and the St. Lucia EcoLodge will be your guide as you explore the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park and surrounds. Kian is a passionate and knowledgable raconteur with many years of experience under his belt. Whether it’s a hippo and croc cruise, a night safari or a tour to Cape Vidal you are longing for, Shakabarker Tours have many different options on offer.

 

ECO TOURS

Tours depart directly from reception at the St. Lucia EcoLodge or Kian will pick you up from wherever you are staying in St. Lucia. Enquire about our discounts, special offers and customisable packages when booking.

Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise

Lake St. Lucia is home to thousands of hippos and crocodiles and you are guaranteed of great sightings whilst on a boat trip on the estuary. Keep an eye out for fantastic birdlife including African Fish Eagles and Kingfishers. The Mangroves lining the lake are both beautiful and interesting. Sunsets on the boat are fantastic and a perfect way to end the day. 

Duration: 2 hours

Price from: R375 per person

World Heritage Tour

Part of the Eastern Shores Game Reserve, Cape Vidal has beautiful beaches where people like to sun themselves, kick the football around, fish and snorkel. The dunes here run all along the coast and are 150m high. The dune forests are fascinating and have an abundance of interesting life in them. The rare Samango monkey is a special sight. 

Duration: 7 hours

Price from: R825 per person

Eastern Shores Night Excursion

Focusing specifically on the Wetlands, their inhabitants, and the current and past effects of commercial forestry and military activities in the area, this specialised tour can be undertaken as an early morning experience or a late afternoon and night drive.  

Duration: 4 hours

Price from: R625 per person

Turtle Safari

The turtle tours are seasonal trips where you can experience the miracle of the reproduction of Leatherback turtles and Loggerhead turtles on the beaches north of St. Lucia in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Step into the world of these amazing and ancient reptiles as they dodge sharks off-shore and humans, crabs, badgers and jackals on-shore to return to and hatch from these ancient nesting grounds. 

Duration: 1 day

Price from: R5 450 per person

Guided Mountain Biking Tour

The Park provides opportunities for mountain-biking around St. Lucia Estuary. These rides are suitable for the novice to intermediate rider and vary in length from 15 km to 25 km on sand tracks, trails, gravel roads and tar.   

Duration: 3 hours

Price from: R350 per person

Guided Walk and Birding

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is heaven for bird watching. The estuary attracts a variety of seabirds, water birds and waders. The iGwalaGwala forest at the edge of the town offers some of the best forest birding in South Africa. iPhiva trail offers a variety of habitats which provides excellent birding close to the town. The ideal opportunity to find the rare and special birds for your lifelist. 

Duration: 3 hours

Price from: R325 per person

Night Drive

Discover a new way to explore the iSimangaliso Wetland Park - under the cover of darkness. This tour offers opportunity to see chameleon, porcupine, various antelope, hippo, nocturnal birds and occasionally hyena and leopard. Along with fantastic animal sightings, the star gazing offers great views of the Milky Way from the open top Unimog vehicle.    

Duration: 3 hours

Price from: R595 per person

Coffee & Croissants

Lake St. Lucia is home to thousands of hippos and crocodiles and you are guaranteed of great sightings whilst on a boat trip on the estuary. Keep an eye out for fantastic birdlife including African Fish Eagles and Kingfishers. The Mangroves lining the lake are both beautiful and interesting. A perfect way to start or end the day. 

Duration: 3 hours

Price from: R395 per person

 

FEAST & BEAST PACKAGES FOR 2021

From a quick one night stay to a heavenly honeymoon package, our bucket list experiences are tailored to your needs and will have you wishing you could stay longer!

 

Click on our garden below to see the full itineraries for each package. 

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WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT WITH SHAKABARKER

Kian Barker

Bsc Botany and Zoology Bsc Hons Ichthyology and Fisheries Science

Your tour guide and owner, Kian is a is a qualified scientist and registered national tour guide. He is widely travelled and respected in his knowledge of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Comfort & Safety

Our tours are undertaken in vehicles and boats which comply with all the necessary safety standards whilst also catering

to your comfort as much

as possible

Quality & Fun

Our aim is to provide our guests with educational tours of a high standard which is also fun and relaxing, whilst promoting a better understanding of our natural environment and to create excitement about all things wild.

"We are, after all, in some small way interlinked with every creature on this planet."

- Kian Barker

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT US

135 Hornbill Street, St. Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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