Shoreline Boat & Walking Safaris

     

Heritage Tours & Safaris is proud to announce our NEW Tourism Related product in St Lucia 

[heading style=”1″]Shoreline Boat & Walking Safaris St Lucia[/heading]

[note color=”#ccc08f”] This first ever Estuary and Walking safari to be offered on the St Lucia Estuary, South Africa. St Lucia, South Africa’s first World Heritage site offers one an opportunity to witness Hippo’s wallowing and Nile Crocodiles basking in the African sun, the Boat cruise a 2 hour Photographic opportunity allows one to get up close to the residants that reside here. Watch as African Eagles hunt, King Fisher flutter round and mud skippers move about.

[heading style=”1″]Take advantage of the walking safari that is included in the excursion we go by foot to witness Antelope, Buffalo and much much more.[/heading]

The cruise includes early morning and late afternoon Tea and Coffee breaks. Once again this gives one an opportunity to get more information from your guide/skipper.Shoreline Vessels have been custom built to the exact needs of visitors to the area, the deck of the Shoreline vessels have optimal viewing space ensuring you awesome photographic opportunities.

The vessel has a shallow draft with minimal impact on the environment. All of the guides/skippers have numerous years experience in the bush in the area and therefore an exciting and informative trip is guaranteed.Other great opportunities exist as Shoreline also offers conferencing and wedding functions aboard the vessel should you be looking for something different. [/note]

The vessel Shoreline 1

 Shoreline Boat & Walking Safaris

[note color=”#b7dee6″] Shoreline 1 , is a custom built vessel especially in offering you a shallower draft for the estuary experience. This enables us to get up close to the hippo’s and crocodiles giving you the opportunity to take photographs and videos up close.

Our qualified Skippers and Game Rangers will give you interesting information and facts about the various wild life and ecosystem.

The vessel has been specifically designed in offering you a 300 degree’s of visibility, each seat is forward facing ensuring that you never loose sight of anything  .

Each vessel has a carrying capacity of 14 clients and therefore much more personal and interactive compared to the larger vessels. [/note]

[heading style=”1″]Animal Species that one may come accross[/heading]

The GOLIATH HERON-Being the largest of the heron family stands approximately 1.4 m high. It has a wingspan of approxiamtely two meters.  These enormous wings often drag along the water when the bird takes off for flight and it is a very solitary bird. Furthermore it can eat fish up to approximately 2 Kg’s.

The PIED KINGFISHER- Hovering above the water and suddenly dive down into the water to grab a tasty meal.

The AFRICAN FISH EAGLE – The female’s have a large beak, long white chest and deep cry whereas the males have a small beak, small white chest and higher pitched cry.  When mating they sometimes fly high in the sky, linking talons together, come tumbling down together looking as if they will crash into the earth, parting just before impact copulation taking place in the air for about 10 to 15 seconds.

You may also find the GIANT KINGFISHER, MALACITE KINGFISHER, MANGROVE KINGFISHER and the WOODLAND KINGFISHER within the St Lucia Estuary area. There are numerous other species of birds that may be found on the estuary. [note color=”#b7dee6″]

THE NILE CROCODILE

They have been around for about 180 million years, and it is said to have survived the dinosaur extinction. Males can reach 5.5 metres and females 3.9 metres in length.  These animals are masters at conserving energy and can stay submerged for up two hours at a time slowing their heart beat to four beats per minute.

A crocodile gets fortyfive sets of sixtysix teeth each in its lifetime which adds up to approximately three thousand teeth in a life time.  It will then drag its prey into deeper water,
spinning around.  At the same time it tears chunks of meat off it prey.  The crocodiles jaw does not allow lateral movement thus it can only eat chucks of meat.

 THE HIPPOPOTAMUS

The Hippo kills more people than any other animal in Africa,  applying six tonnes of pressure per 2cm. The males can reach over one and a half tonnes and the female one tonne. They can stay under water for up to six minutes. Hippo’s can reach speeds of up to approximately eighteen kilometers per hour in water and approximately forty four kilometers per hour on land. A large hippo can eat up to thirtyfive kilograms of grass per night, excreting it back into the estuary  system.

For more information or availability please email us at info@stlucia.co.za or call now +27834572147

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