Nov – Feb Annually
St Lucia Turtle Tour Season takes you on a magical and life changing experience, to watch one of nature’s most amazing circles of life, the egg laying process of the leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles. These turtles’ instinct is so amazing, to think that they are returning to their “place of birth”, after years at sea, to lay the next batch of eggs. St Lucia Turtle Tours run after sunset because the turtles generally emerge from the sea to lay their eggs after dark.
You will be collected from your accommodation, and the St Lucia Turtle Tour duration is approximately 6 hrs. The reason for this is a night drive will be done through the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site, in order to travel to Cape Vidal and then back again. On these night drives leopard, hippo, buffalo, hyena and other antelope can often be seen. Once at Cape Vidal you will be driven 23km North up the beach, further into the Isimangaliso Wetland Park wilderness, in search of the “secretive” leatherback and loggerhead turtles. The duration on the beach is approximately 4 hours as the vehicles are only allowed to be on the beach 2 hrs before and 2 hrs after low tide. Sometime during the night there will be a stop to have a light dinner under the stars.