Eastern Shores & Cape Vidal

The Eastern Shores is the ideal beach and safari destination. A number of game viewing roads offer intimate access to varied habitats including dunes, grassland, lakes, pans and coastal dune forest. Lookout points provide panoramic vistas over a landscape shaped by human residence in Iron Age times and by the Bhangazi people. Popular beach destinations are found at Cape Vidal and Mission Rocks.


A range of accommodation is available at Cape Vidal, all of which is operated by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. The campsite consists of 50 sites for camping and caravans. There are a number of 8 and 5 sleeper log cabins, as well as self-catering units known as the Fishing Cabins and the 8-sleeper Bhangazi Bush Lodge on the edge of Lake Bhangazi, some 10km from Cape Vidal.


  • Fishing (shore, deep sea, fishing ski, jet ski)
  • Game viewing (guided and self-guided)
  • Walking on the beach
  • Birding
  • Turtle tours (November – March)
  • Horse safaris (in St Lucia)
  • Guided night drives
  • Kayaking on Lake St Lucia (guided by a licensed concession holder)

Getting There

At Mtubatuba, leave the N2 and drive towards the town of St Lucia along the R618. As you reach the town, cross the bridge over Lake St Lucia and turn left at the T-junction. Continue for 3km until you reach the Bhangazi Gate. Cape Vidal is 33km north of this gate.

Park entry

  • Gate opening and closing times:
    • April to October – 06h00 to 18h00
    • November to March – 05h00 to 19h00
  • Reception hours:
    • 08h00 to 16h00 (Mon – Sat)
    • 07h00 to 15h00 (Sun)
  • Entry fee:
    • Adults – R45
    • Children (under the age of 12) – R35
    • Vehicle entry charge:
      • R55 for 1-5 people
      • R80 for 6-12 people
      • R110 for 13-20 people
      • R190 for 21+ people
    • Accommodated visitors: R7 per person (includes Rhino Gold card holders)
  • Community Levy: R5 per person
  • Camp contact details: +27 35 590 9012
  • Reservations: Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife +27 33 845 1000

Please Note: Park gate access procedures will be changing its access systems at the Bhangazi,  Dukuduku, Nhlozi, eMshophi, Ophansi and Sodwana gates, as of 1 December 2016. The new system will automate some of the current manual systems and assist with security in the Park. On entry your driver's licence and car licence will be scanned and you will be asked to sign acceptance of the terms and conditions of  entry to the Park. You are required to pay cash for your entry fee at the gates.

Public facilities

Ice, books, curios, basic food stuffs and cold drinks are available in the curio shop at Cape Vidal.

Operators working at Eastern Shores & Cape Vidal
Accommodation options within Eastern Shores & Cape Vidal