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Cape Vidal Camp
Reviewed August 6, 2013

I visited Cape Vidal in the SA July school holidays. Myself and a friend and our respective children (aged 2 and 9) stayed in one of the cabins. It was BEAUTIFUL. Set deep in the forest it was like something out of Robinson Crusoe. I was under no delusion that I was going to a luxury game lodge so the rusticness of the lodge totally appealed to the unplugged atmosphere we were going for. We were not plagued by monkeys. Whether it was because they are under control, whether they were hanging out with the tented folk or whether it was winter and they'd had their fill from summer, who knows. We had two inquisitive babies that frolicked on our porch much to the amusement of our two babes. No, we didn't feed them, we didn't let them in and we didn't fraternise with them like pets. We had little buck bounding past our cabin in the morning, warthog grunting their way around under the porch at night, we saw whale breaching at sea and frolicked in the clear warm water of the bay. The beach, the camp and the reserve are spectacularly beautiful and well worth a visit. I especially like the contrast to the lowveld, which is my familiar game territory, with the lush green grass and tall forest trees. The staff were very friendly and helpful, albeit that the phone is rarely answered. We unfortunately only made the booking 24 hours in advance so couldn't go through the normal booking channels and had to book directly with the camp. When we got there they were most accommodating and gave us exactly what we wanted. My only dissatisfaction (and I say dissatisfaction and not complaint as I am aware that I am in rustic nature and it is part of the territory) was the colony of bats in our roof. Being of the rodent-sensitive type, the sound of hundreds of them in the roof did make my hair stand on edge albeit we never actually saw any bats in close proximity to the cabin.

Beautiful, beautiful part of the world. And I appreciate that it is simple, honest and rustic. Sometimes you just want to unplug and feel the grit and beauty of nature.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

An awesome location with beautiful beaches and game drives. We stayed at the cabins which are very rundown. They need a lot of TLC. The cabins smell very musky and I understand that's because the windows cannot be left open because of the nuisance monkeys. But I am sure some steps can be taken to avoid that. Put some kind of meshing or guards on the opening windows so the monkeys cannot come in. And yes those monkeys can open doors so cabins have to be locked all the time. I would love to go back there but will wait for the cabins to be revamped before my next trip.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Flausa234
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

We just returned from a lovely week, but cut short, from Cape Vidal. The reason for the early return, was due to monkeys causing so much destruction to our tent, that we could not leave it unattended. There are notices to warn you about the monkeys, but we never expected so much trouble. And there are hundreds of them. They broke into our tent 3 times, and we had no food outside , everything was sealed in plastic boxes, difficult to open. They tore open the mesh windows of the tent and even in the rooftop. I really think The KZN Parks can do more to limit the nuisance. All the people in the beautifull camp are constantly chasing them away. The monkeys cause so much littering with their bait, and even with the "Zero Tolerance to littering" signs all over the place, little is done to clean up the mess these monkeys leave under the trees and bush.
We are nature lovers and love camping, The camp is beautiful and well kept.
Williams family

Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
4  Thank omniaPretoria
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

What a beautiful place! However the monkey antics are likely to catch you off guard at least once as they are little terrors and have discovered open windows on cars make for easy pickings. Fast and cheeky, but so cute to watch. The deer walk though the park too.

The cavan park is very sandy, but clean and with lovely ablutions. Take water with you or buy at the shop for drinking at R20 per 5l bottle.

Rates are reasonable and the staff visible. The road is excellent to the camp. Boating is allowed as is fishing and snorkelling is safe for even the children at low tide.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank gailgibson
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site, is a truly magnificent place. The wildlife we encountered was incredible and these interactions were the highlight of our stay. There are a number of self-drive game drives in the park and these are highly recommended - we were fortunate to 'stumble' upon a group of white rhino and had the pleasure of spending an uninterrupted hour in their company (sometimes getting within 10 meters!).

Of course the beach is another great attraction and countless hours were spent walking the pristine sands without another person in sight. The fishing, especially saltwater fly-fishing, is particularly good - sunrise/sunset being the ideal times in this area. Please practice catch-and-release if you are a fisherman and maybe, just maybe, our children and their children may also enjoy this place in the future. Law enforcement is taken seriously and I was quite pleased to be approached by Park Rangers wanting to inspect fishing permits and checking for poaching activity - this zero-tolerance attitude is fantastic, in my opinion!

The cabins themselves have seen better days. There is currently a program in place to refurbish these but that is only expected to be complete by April 2014.

The resident Samango Monkeys are quite interesting - they are an endangered species and should be protected at all costs, however they have also become a nuisance at the camp (some have learnt to open doors and will enter your cabin if not locked). I found them to be extremely entertaining and was even able to 'infiltrate' their group and observe social interactions - they have become accustomed to human presence and will quickly settle down if they don't feel threatened by your presence. Please DO NOT feed them - if you do manage to get close it should strictly be as an observer only and you should not display/carry any food whilst in their presence.

Overall, a truly magnificent place that will surely get the maximum rating once the refurbishments are completed. For now 4/5 and largely because we did not spend much time in the cabin and the environment more than makes up for accommodation short-comings.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

St Lucia is the village which is a bit yuck so we wondered what everyone was going on about. We then pass through the booms, drive 30 Kim’s through bush seeing leopard, zebra, kudu and bush buck before we had even arrived at the camp. Camping under virgin dune bush and mangroves. Bush pig, red duiker, endangered monkeys and bushbuck wander through our camp. Snorkelling in the bath warm Indian Ocean seeing crayfish, Zebra fish, oysters, black tail. Lulled to sleep at night by the sound of the waves. Went on a boat cruise today to see huge pods of heavyweight hippos and a few crocs. We are doing a night beach trip tomorrow to hopefully see leatherback turtles.
These KZN locals are crazier than Eastern Capers…they launch their deep sea fishing boats from the beach with bakkies and great big bloody tractors. Their exits and entrances into this wild surf is nerve wracking and marine insurers nightmare. Ole windbag in the Kariega mouth was child’s play compared to this.

We had a relaxing cruise down on the estuary and saw many hippo’s, crocs and birdlife including the majestic Fish Eagle.

Our 3 hour night trip up the beach looking for Turtle was unsuccessful but a fantastic night drive. One of the biggest predators of the turtle eggs is the honey badger. On our arrival back in camp at 12.30 last night who was there to welcome us home…the Honey Badger.

Rhino and teeny baby wished us well as we drove out of Cape Vidal this morning. Now enroute to Nselweni camp in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. We pass through Mtubatuba—say it out aloud . Mtubatuba ..don’t you just love these Zulu names.

The whole wetland area is called iSimangaliso which means miracle in Zulu which is such an apt name. It was renamed from St Lucia in 1999 when it was declared a Unesco World Heritage site and their was an existing heritage site named St Lucia in the Carribean.

camp site idea but a bit dirty. too many papers and rubbish lying around the camp.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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15  Thank AndrewCTKC
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

I've been visiting Cape Vidal regularly for about 30 years and we usually camp. In the past few years, I have noticed a huge improvement in the park. Where we used to travel on right dirt (muddy) roads to get to Cape Vidal, the main road was tarred and now all of the loop roads are excellent gravel (sedan vehicles are fine). The game viewing is amazing! Depending on the time of year, you can really see loads of game ( winter is best). In the last year, heavy rain has filled dozens of pans so you can also experience the true wetlands and all the birds and animals that flock there. The new hides, decks and viewpoints, (and ablutions) are really first class. But best of all if you are staying in the park is the fantastic newly overhauled camp site. All the complaints from previous years have been addressed and it is well worth its status of one of the best in South Africa. And the beach has always been - and will always be- the most incredible place, summer or winter. Long live Cape Vidal - EVERY visitor to SA should go there.

Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
9  Thank Debbie M
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Address: St Lucia, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > St Lucia
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Ranked #29 of 32 Specialty Lodging in St Lucia
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