The ideal beach and safari destination
The best of beach and bush
Cape Vidal on the Eastern Shores is a rare beach-and-bush destination… the best of two worlds. The resort is situated in a marine reserve yet only a short drive away from game areas. Marine life includes humpback whales, dolphins, rare turtles, whale sharks, marlin and sailfish. From St Lucia to Cape Vidal, several loop roads lead to excellent natural features for bird-watching, game viewing and scenic lookout points. The Eastern Shores section hosts elephant, rhino, buffalo, crocodile, hippo, hyaena, leopard – and many species of smaller game.
Game viewing and birding
With its fresh-water pans, swamp forest and grasslands, the area hosts many sought-after avian species such as the pink-throated twinspot, rufous-bellied heron, Livingstone’s turaco, dwarf bittern, Rudd’s apalis and southern banded snake eagle.
Cape Vidal Resort is set in a bay that is sheltered by a rock reef. On either side lie kilometres of unspoilt beaches; inland lie fascinating wetlands and rich coastal dune forests. Humpback whales migrating north to Mozambique pass close to the shore at certain times of the year, while game fish such as marlin and sailfish attract anglers. Visitors often see dolphin pods, especially in the early morning. Between October and March, endangered loggerhead and leatherback turtles use the beaches to lay their precious eggs.
Shaped by sea drama
The gold-laden ‘Dorothea’ struck the reef during a storm in 1898, and sank. Her exact location remains a mystery, but artefacts from the wreck may be seen in the bay at various times. These include a massive length of chain that lies on the reef, and a steel mast lying against the inner, shallow part of the reef. Cape Vidal is named after Captain Alexander Thomas Emeric Vidal, the British Royal Navy surveyor responsible for charting the African coast during the 1820s. More recently, two sunken barges off Cape Vidal have boosted the artificial reefs found in these waters, with 329 fish species recorded to date. New distributions and at least one species new to science – named yellowtail blenny (Cirripectes heemstorum) – have been discovered by scientific research divers.
Spoilt for sun-and-sea choices
The bay is sheltered by a rock reef that is completely exposed at low spring tides, revealing a multitude of rock pools and prime snorkelling areas. It provides a popular bathing, snorkelling and fishing spot – equally as good for surfing. The bay makes for a sheltered launch site for ski boats. There are plenty of excellent spots for rock and surf angling, as well as salt-water fly fishing.
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