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“Amazing Night Drive - Kian is A Perfect Guide”

Shakabarker Tours - Day Tours
Ranked #3 of 15 Tours in St Lucia
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Our company specializes in the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. We offer accommodation and a range of personalized tours and packages. Tours include guided bicycle rides and walks to learn about Zulu culture, medicinal plant uses and animals. Join us for ecological tours of the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park and surrounding area. These adventures include Turtle Tours (in season) to view gigantic Leatherback and resident Loggerhead Turtles, Chameleon Night Drives to view hippo, leopard etc., Game Drives, and excellent Bird watching. Options include packages and tailor-made tours.Explore your Heritage with the professionals.
London, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Amazing Night Drive - Kian is A Perfect Guide”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Had an amazing night drive with Kian - we followed a female leopard's tracks for a while which was dead exciting. We then saw a male leopard as well as countless animals wandering about (the highlight was a 3 week old rhino calf).

His insight and knowledge in the flora and flora of the area was second to non and his knowledge was just amazing.

The hot choc and biscuit stop was fun and the highlight for my 8 year old was seeing and holding a dwarf chameleon.

The best of the best guides in St Lucia.

Visited August 2013
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Conway, Arkansas
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152 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Great guides!”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

We really enjoyed our hippo & croc boat tour - we didn't see any wildlife we hadn't seen before, but the guides were very knowledgeable and this tour deepened our understanding of the estuary and the animals and birds that live there. They pick you up at your lodgings and provide a snack of fruit and hot chocolate/coffee/tea on the boat. The boat is small enough to be close to the wildlife. Highly recommend.

Visited August 2013
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Durban, South Africa
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fun, informative, worth every penny”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

While in St Lucia I went on a boat cruise and a night drive with Shakabarker, and both were incredibly fun and informative experiences. Both Kian and his guide Zakhele were incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and made each individual on their tours feel like valued customers. The night drive was exciting and we had incredible sightings of hyena, hippo, buck, rhino and more! The boat cruise was an incredibly up-close experience filled with great information on the variety of bird species that call iSimangaliso home. Definitely highly recommended for any tour in the area, as it's obvious these guys know how to take care of guests and provide great sightings!

Visited July 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Definitely a top notch tour company”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

We had two tours with them, a night drive and an all day wetlands safari with our guide Sikhele who was wonderful, very knowledgeable and how he saw some of the animals we will never know - particularly the chameleons.
He took us all over looking for special things, and also produced a great braai (BBQ) at lunchtime on the day safari.
If going there you ought to have a guide as otherwise you will miss things.
Note that payment is in cash - not credit card.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank HCCW
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Perth, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Boat Trip in St Lucia”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Excellent boat trip in one of the smaller boats - we could get very close up to all the sights. Was a cold and rainy day, but we were picked up at our accommodation and taken to the covered boat (they even had blankets for those who were a bit cold). Very informative tour (thanks to tour guide, Kian who was very knowledgeable) and we just saw SO MUCH wildlife. Hippos, crocs and surprisingly varied birdlife. Our 7 year old son thought it was awesome! A nice cup of tea kept us all warm with hot chocolate for the kids.
Good value and really interesting.

Visited May 2013
Thank andrineterry
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