TURTLE NESTING TOURS

The titanium-rich sandy beaches of Isimangaliso Wetland Park is known to be one of the most important and significant nesting areas for Leatherback and Loggerhead Turtles. We offer you the incredible opportunity to witness these turtles whilst laying their eggs on our Turtle Nesting Tours during the months of November to January. Our Turtle Tours in St Lucia, Mabibi and Kosi bay then change the focus to observing turtle hatchlings from January to March. These Turtle Tours are all conducted in a respectful and ethical manner, hosted by Isimangaliso Turtle Tour concession holders.

St Lucia Turtle Nesting Tours

St Lucia Turtle Tours

Our St Lucia Turtle Nesting Tours leave from St Lucia town where you get collected by a qualified turtle guide from your accommodation. From here you enter the Isimangaliso gate and enjoy a quick night drive in search of leopard , hyena and other nocturnal species.

The main aim is to get to the beach at Cape Vidal in time to spend two hours around the low tide in search of Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles whilst laying their eggs in the titanium-rich sand dunes. It is only during the turtle season when two concesion holders is allowed to drive allong the beach, remaining below the high tide mark to create as little an impact on the enviroment as possible.

Dinner, coffee and tea is included on the St Lucia Turtle Nesting Tours.

St Lucia Turtle Tours

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Mabibi Luxury Turtle Tours

Mabibi Luxury Turtle Tours

For our Luxury Mabibi Turtle Tour we overnight at the Exclusive Tonga Beach Lodge.

The Lodge in the dunes overlooking the heart of the Maputaland Turtle Sanctuary. Here at the luxury lodge you will be spoiled to incredible cuisine, service and tranquility.

After dinner you will head out on a 4x4 safari vehicle onto the beach in search of Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles laying their eggs in the titanium-rich sand dunes.

Truly an ideal treat for the romantic couple.

Tongaland Luxury Turtle Tours

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Mabibi Turtle Nesting Adventure

Mabibi Turtle Adventure

For our Turtle Nesting Tours at Mabibi - Isimangaliso, we also have a slightly more adventurous tour for guest that are not keen to pay the charges of the luxurious lodge.

The Mabibi Turtle Adventure focus on a evening walk along the beach in search of Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles. The distances walked all depend on the evening.. It might range anything between 3 and 12km.. The walk is slow and relatively easy depending on the tide and the reward of finding the turtles are much greater knowing that in this manner our carbon-footprint is much lower than driving. 

Our Mabibi Turtle Adventure include snorkeling the incredible Mabibi Bay and if guests would like the add on of an Ocean Experience by boat is also possible. 

Accommodation is in self catering chalets where you will be able to cook for yourself. 

Mabibi Turtle Nesting Adventure

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