We definitely get our fair share of sightings. Nile crocodile and hippos line the shores as our double-decker viewing boat makes its way up the river towards the setting sun. The area is rich with bird and reptile life. The sighting of a 3m-long forest cobra in the nearby trees is fantastic but also has our skins crawling.
With the day behind us, it’s time to settle into our own watering hole. The town of St Lucia attracts a vibrant mix of locals and international travellers, most of whom arrive on safari or come to explore the fantastic diving and fishing available in the area. This also means the nightlife in St Lucia can get exciting, especially when people from all walks of life and parts of the globe converge at one of the local bars.
Sunday morning is all about game viewing. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve offers the full African safari experience right on your doorstep. Get your binoculars out and make sure you see some of Africa’s big five.
Just outside the reserve is the Zamimpilo Market, a traditional cash-only market that offers fresh produce and an array of traditional Zulu curios. Grab a snack for the road and chat with the friendly locals. You’re guaranteed to meet some interesting characters and share a few good laughs.