St. Lucia

In addition to visiting Swaziland during the Easter holiday, we also spent three days in St. Lucia/Cape Vidal on the North Coast of South Africa.  This quickly became my favorite place we have visited so far.

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The water in the Indian Ocean is warm, even warm enough for me to swim!  Although the currents are dangerous and the waves high,  at Cape Vidal there is an enormous Coral Reef which acts like a wall, dividing the untamed water and creatures from a calm, shallow “pool”.   This is where we went snorkeling and saw numerous schools of fish all around us!  Look how clear the water is…

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Only a few yards from the dangerous water Rachel was able to see a variety of fish both large and small

Only a few yards from the dangerous water Rachel was able to see a variety of fish both large and small

This was my kind of water - warm, crystal clear, calm, filled with gorgeous fish

This was my kind of water - warm, crystal clear, calm, filled with gorgeous fish

At low tide we could easily swim out to the reef and walk around on it.  Ruthie had a great time exploring the mini pools filled with fish

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The only bad part of our adventure was that Rachel was stung by a Portugese Man – O – War!  It was frightening and very painful for her, but I was so proud of her when she went back in snorkeling the next day.  See pictures and read her perspective here.

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This area is also known for their hippos.  In the Cape Vidal Nature Reserve there were many places where you could cautiously look for them; they are very territorial and the most dangerous African animal.  They stay in the water all day so they don’t get sunburned (really!) and then head out at dusk to eat grass.  Apparently hippos sometimes walk down the street or into public areas!  We are still amazed that we can drive through areas with wild animals and see them in their natural environment.  This is no zoo!

On a lookout pier - notice the sign next to Brian and Rebekah...

On a lookout pier watching the hippos and crocs in and near the water - notice the sign next to Brian and Rebekah...

The warning sign we were standing next to!

The warning sign we were standing next to!

These four rhinos slowed us down a bit!

These four rhinos slowed us down a bit!

Fortunately we were able to get tickets for the sunset boat ride so we could safely get up close to the hippos and crocs.  Boy, did we get close!

These crocs grow up to 5 meters long!

These crocs grow up to 5 meters long!

Hippos live in family groups

Hippos live in family groups

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Mama hippo with her baby

Mama hippo with her baby

Another baby

Another baby

They don’t look too dangerous do they?

This is a place we would definitely like to return to.

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1 Response to “St. Lucia”


  1. 1 Robyn April 24, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    These pics are amazing! I can see why this was your favorite place to visit!


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