We spent three nights here.
As other reviewers have noted, the log-cabins furnishings and fittings have seen better days and need to be refurbished. Kitchen unit doors have swollen and split, for example. None the less, it is a wonderful place to stay for the wildlife (bushbuck and fawn, red duiker and bush pig all wandered by our cabin).
The cabins are surrounded by swaying trees and although you can glimpse your neighbours, it is pretty private. Each unit has a braai (bbq) outside which is cleaned for you every morning. The kitchen has most of the basic items that you would require, including microwave, fridge, kettle, cooker, crockery, cutlery etc. Ours lacked a frying pan, but apparently one should have been there. Towels and sheets are provided. We were 2 people in a 5 bed cabin – I would say it would be a little cramped with 5 occupants, but if the other three were young children it could work.
There is no TV.
I was initially pleased to see the endangered Samango monkeys, a sub-species of Sykes or Blue Monkey). However, they have become habituated to humans and very aggressive. We discovered why everyone drives to the shop when a Samango monkey challenged us for the box of eggs we were carrying back for breakfast o our first morning. Worse, when we got back to the cabin, we discovered that I had omitted to secure a small bathroom window and monkeys had entered and trashed the house, eating our bowl of fruit, trying the pills, throwing stuff around etc. There are warnings in the cabin so it was clearly my responsibility, but none of the windows (except the main door louvres) have screens. So you have to sleep with the windows closed which I imagine would be quite uncomfortable on a seriously warm night. There is a fan, and small ventilation openings in the roof space, but no air-con.
The cleaning ladies did a thorough job of cleaning and tidying after the monkey raid (and of course we gave them an extra tip for the time involved).
The shop has a lot of bare shelf space and a very limited range of items, so you must stock up at St Lucia or elsewhere.
The great attractions here are the beach and the wildlife of the wetlands park. Our cabin (#6) was close to the sea, being separated only by a narrow belt of trees and the sandy ridge at the back of the beach (which means you can hear but not see the Indian Ocean). The beach has lovely sand but is not formally supervised, so be careful of the strong currents and high breakers if you go in the water.
You reach Cape Vidal by driving through the southern section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park from St Lucia for about 35km. As the park gates observe standard night closures, you cannot go into town for a meal or a drink in the evening.
We went to this area primarily to see wetland habitat birds, but there is also a surprising amount of game in the park, including hippo, rhino, many kudu and zebra, waterbuck, warthog, wildebeest, buffalo and red duiker. We totalled 16 different mammals in the two days we were here. The park contains 5 notably different habitats and this has earned it UNESCO world heritage status. Cape Vidal is a good base to explore the southern end of the park, with a number of well-marked loop roads and bird hides. We also took the estuary boat ride in St Lucia and that is a pleasant experience but will not add much to the animals and birds you can see inside the park area.
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