ST. LUCIA ESTUARY

BOAT CRUISES

Experience the beauty of the iSimangaliso /Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park on a relaxing two-hour boat cruise (three different daily departure times) along the St. Lucia Estuary. Learn about the magnificent birdlife, hippo & croc to be sighted with educational talks. The boats offer ample space to walk around in & comfortable seats from which to study the beautiful scenery while being custom built to venture into shallow waters, excellent photographic opportunities are a given.

Enthusiastic welcome! Fabulous room,view! Devine meals! Extraordinary game drive & guides! Thank you
Lynn Hooper, Vancouver,  BC

HORSE RIDING

ALONG THE BEACHES OF ST. LUCIA

When Horse Riding for either novices or ‘old hands’ there are few places in the world you can ride in an area as unspoiled or beautiful as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formerly the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park). From the beach edge of the Indian Ocean across the game reserve to the shores of Lake St. Lucia Estuary there are many things to discover on every ride. We take the horses out along Iphiva Beach at the northern end of St Lucia where there are many kilometres of clean white sand with the Indian Ocean rolling in alongside. During the whale season (May-Nov) we sometimes see humpback whales breaching out in the deeper water beyond the back break on their way to their breeding grounds in Mozambique.

WHALE WATCHING

If you want to go whale watching in St. Lucia, this tour is for you. Cut across the tranquil turquoise blue as your whale & dolphin spotting tour leaves from the North Island. As you cruise the beautiful calm of St. Lucia’s waters, your captain will direct you to the best spots for viewing a host of whales & dolphins. See sperm whales, pilot whales, spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins & more! Snap photos of St. Lucia’s tropical coastline, fishing villages & deserted coves. This St. Lucia whale watching excursion makes for a highly memorable day – be sure to bring your sunscreen & your camera!

“Simply out of this world. We have had the most amazing journey here with all that Thula Thula offers. We will spread the word and be back for sure. Very sad to leave and thank you.”
Cathy and Lucy, New Zealand

SHAKALAND

When Horse Riding for either novices or ‘old hands’ there are few places in the world you can ride in an area as unspoiled or beautiful as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formerly the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park). From the beach edge of the Indian Ocean across the game reserve to the shores of Lake St. Lucia Estuary there are many things to discover on every ride. We take the horses out along Iphiva Beach at the northern end of St Lucia where there are many kilometres of clean white sand with the Indian Ocean rolling in alongside. During the whale season (May-Nov) we sometimes see humpback whales breaching out in the deeper water beyond the back break on their way to their breeding grounds in Mozambique.

ANGLO-ZULU BATTLEFIELDS

ISANDLWANA, RORKES DRIFT

It was here at Isandlwana that part of the central column of the British Invasion Force under the ultimate command of Lt. General Lord Chelmsford was virtually wiped out by King Cetshwayo’s Zulu army. Lts. Melvill & Coghill died in their attempt to save the Queen’s colour. Later that same day 4 500 Zulus attacked a re-supply depot at Rorke’s Drift, held by a handful of British soldiers, many of whom were sick or wounded.

Like so many we were drawn here after reading the The Elephant Whisperer What a magical experience! To see the ele’s at dusk, was to understand why they are known as the “Grey Ghosts” Then we were treated to a mock charge from Shaka,to let us know he was there. Twice we followed the herd and our finale was to walk to croc pools and watch Nana’s group drink at dusk. Thank you all at Thula Thula Bill & Chrissie

HLUHLUWE/UMFOLOZI

GAME RESERVE

This National game reserve was created in 1895 (the oldest park in Africa) and is home to the big five & rich in wildlife & conservation efforts. The park is the only state-run park in KwaZulu-Natal with the Big Five Game .  The park now has the largest population of white rhino in the world. Throughout the park, there are many signs of Stone Age settlements. The area was originally a royal hunting ground for the Zulu kingdom but was established as a park in 1895. The Umfolozi & Hluhluwe reserves were established primarily to protect the white rhinoceros, then on the endangered species list.

HLUHLUWE/UMFOLOZI

GAME RESERVE & ST.LUCIA ESTUARY BOAT CRUISES

A Combination Full-day Excursion including a Picnic Lunch in the Game Reserve & a Visit to The Cane Rat for Purchase of any Curios if time permits. Juices & Bottled Water Included. Depart Thula Thula just after 08:00 & Return around 19:00. Price Available on Request. (Minimum 2 People). Please Note: This Excursion is in a Closed Vehicle.

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