SNORKELLING

With Elephant Lake Safaris

The beach and off-shore areas of Cape Vidal fall within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park offering a stark contrast where the beach and the bush converge. The area is visited seasonally by humpback whales during their migrations, as well as loggerhead and leatherback sea-turtles coming to the shores to lay eggs. Other big marine game includes the enormous whale shark, marlin, sailfish and dolphin.

Scattered reefs and rocks are to be found within the bay, as well as the wreck of the wooden barque “Dorothea” which struck the reef during a storm in 1898. Artefacts from the wreckage may be seen in the bay at various times, and the derelict mast of the Dorothea makes for an interesting shelter for fish. Numerous fish species can be witnessed while snorkelling in Cape Vidal not to mention the odd game fish and crayfish.

Snorkelling in Cape Vidal has to be done at specific times only; this is due to rip currents during the incoming and outgoing tides. The sheltered bay is also a designated launch site for ski-boats and offers good rock and surf angling or try your hand at saltwater fly-fishing.

Gate Times:

April – October:    06:00-18:00

November – March:    05:00-19:00