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Another day on the water

  • March 2, 2012 1:51 pm
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Lets go!

Our happy paddlers of the day Sonja Zukonsiki and Christoph hasse!

There were plenty of waterbirds, including the magnificent Fish Eagle.

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The fish eagles watches Sonja and Christoph to make sure they don't steal his supper!

But there are not just birds,  don’t forget the countless numbers of crocodiles in these waters!

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Bobbing along whilst croc spotting

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Lunch please!?

But most importantly Sonja and Christoph had time to relax 🙂

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...as always the paddler at the back seems to be relaxing...

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  • February 25, 2012 11:05 pm

The last full day of their nature tour in South Africa sees Stephanie and Adrian taking to the water once more in St Lucia.

Again, these waters contain both Hippos and Crocodiles, but this time Stephanie and Adrian are on Kayaks.

Paddling in the waters with Hippos and crocs doesn’t seem like such a good idea as you carry your paddle to the waters edge…

And they're off! Stephanie and Adrian glide across the surface leaving Justin to catch up with them

…but after the first few strokes of the paddle you are soaring across the water and all thoughts of turning back are gone from your mind.

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Stephanie and Adrian leave Justin in their dust!

Lead by our trusty guide Justin, Stephanie and Adrian ventured out in search of the Hippos, Crocs and birdlife of the estuary.

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Justin - our guide.

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A juvenile fish eagle swoops after the adult female with her eel catch.

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"Goliath Heron...way over there!"

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Justin takes them closer to the Goliath Heron

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Now we know why it is called Goliath, it is massive!

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Feeling the breeze from the Goliath herons wings.

Once more Adrian and Stephanie have decided that they’re not ready to leave South Africa yet.

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Stephanie and Adrian try to paddle off into the sunset together.

But we caught them and brought them back!

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Over so soon... can we go again please?!

Don’t worry you two, the estuary, the crocodiles, the hippos and the kayaks will still be here when you get back!

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Missing a leg, Stephanie and Adrian finished their kayak unscathed...

Splashing around on the estuary!

  • February 7, 2012 11:01 am

Post paddle wet patches!

Todays Kayakers are;
Harald Goesuth, Horst Kalsher, Alexis Geosuth (and Chich the witch)

Smile for the Camera!

The hippos are where?

Spot the hippo

They had a great time as they saw hippos and crocs nice and close!

The fish eagle was sitting on his usual perch

Croc hunting

Found one!

All our guides are freshly qualified

  • September 1, 2011 3:04 pm

Justin, Phillip and Carl all completed their kayak guide qualifications this week. Even after trying to chop his finger off and sporting 14 stitches, Carl battled on. As the newest member of our crew this earnt him some nice little brownie points with the boys.

It isn’t all plain sailing, you have to be able to get back in once you fall out… easier than it looks.

As if that wasn’t bad enough they then were assessed whilst they took a group out on the water!

If you click for larger image you can see that the splashing is actually a crocodile running into the water...

But it wasn’t all on quiet, flat water, oh no…


Despite it being hard work they had great fun, although that water was pretty cold…

Note: Justin is smugly sitting nice and warm on the kayak as Phillip shivers and Carl drowns

With thanks to Andrew Kellett for assessing our guys.

Well done Justin!

  • June 26, 2011 2:43 pm

A couple of days ago Justin, our lead guide, reported a string of floats spotted on the Estuary whilst on a paddle with guests.

With EKZN Wildlife officials we went out and recovered what ended up being a long gill net set by illegal fisherman.


After nearly an hour and a half of struggling with the net we managed to
release what we estimate to be around 500 fish back into the estuary. In the end there were only 10 dead fish we couldn’t save!

Great spotting Justin!


What a busy day!

  • June 25, 2011 11:50 am

We are proud to announce that St Lucia Kayak Safaris has this week been awarded the new tender to operate the kayaking trips by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority.  This is the start of what will be a very exciting partnership with the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority.

The new tender includes exclusive new areas of operation like the restricted access area at Catalina Bay on the Eastern shores and for the first time ever, sea kayaking at Cape Vidal.

Looking forward to bringing you the brand new adventures! Watch this space!

Greetings from St Lucia!

  • February 28, 2011 11:58 am

Hi all! The sunshine and light, breezy afternoons have conspired to treat guests to amazing hippo sightings during the last week as we were lucky enough on one occasion to have 4 adult hippo in a very playfull mood- breaching, rolling and chasing eachother around in the water fairly close to our kayaks. On another occasion while parked on the banks of crocodile island, one hippo decided to get out onto the island for a graze, unperturbed by our presence. We did however back off slightly after he gave us a big yawn and a bit off a stare, making sure everybody knows who has right of way in and around the estuary!  These sightings offered very good photographic opportunities, so if you were there please share your pics with us and you might win a Kayak Safaris T-shirt for your efforts!

Hippo haven

  • February 21, 2011 7:59 pm

Just got off the water after the perfect late afternoon paddle. With a light breeze just enough to take the edge off the scorching sunshine, a few hippo decided to get out onto crocodile island for a snack. With the wind in our favour we sat hidden by some reed beds with these 3 hippo grazing to within 30 meters away from us, seemingly unaware of our presence.  They eventually returned to the water where one decided to have a back scratch by means of rollng around on his back in the shallows. An unforgetable experience indeed!

Hi all!

  • February 14, 2011 4:47 pm

Been having a brilliant time out there and paddlers have been rewarded with very good sightings and a few fairly close-up encounters of  hippo as they huddle up in the shallows on those hot summer mornings, making for some good photographic opportunities. Also spotting some big crocs regularly as the still dropping water level opens up bigger banks for basking crocs. For the birders; a variety of sandpipers and plovers, incl large numbers of Common Ringed Plover, are present at the moment and active on the islands and as a bonus we have had a few recent sightings of Little Bittern.

We need your photos!

  • February 8, 2011 4:15 pm

Thanks for visiting the official website for St Lucia Kayak Safaris. Have you been on a trip with us? If so, we would love to see your photos and hear your comments.

Please add your feedback or story on the comments page.

Email us with your photos (under 3mb please) and the best ones received will win a T-shirt.

Our new facebook page is looking very bare, so please visit and leave your mark! 

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/St-Lucia-Kayak-Safaris/125576237483889?v=wall

Thanks and best wishes from the Kayak Safaris team.