On Safari: St. Lucia Lake

For Linda’s birthday, we drove out from the mountains of Hluhulwe-iMfolozi Park for a boat tour on the narrows of Lake St. Lucia.  A major storm had settled on us, swelling the rivers out of the mountains.  Several roads were closed because of high water.  We had two fords that were still open over the Hluhluwe River.  The water was half way up the tires, but we got across.  Once out of the park, onto the road to St. Lucia, the rain let up.  By the time we arrived at the boat dock, the seats were damp, but we would not have rain again until after dinner.  By the time we would return to the gate at the park, we would learn that only one crossing was still open.

Lake St. Lucia is a tidal lake.  It drains into the Indian Ocean, which also refills it with each tide.  In this water way, hippopotamus and crocodiles live.  Numerous shore birds wade in the reeds and perch in the branches overlooking the water.  Snails and crabs have adapted to the mangrove forests and wetlands.


About hermitsdoor

Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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2 Responses to On Safari: St. Lucia Lake

  1. Barneysday says:

    I am greatly enjoying your tour of Africa. I feel like I am almost there, and your pictures and descriptions are wonderful. Thanks for taking the time to share them, and I continue to look forward to reading of your new adventures.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Having been without (reliable) internet connection for most of the first two weeks of our travels has put me about a week behind on posts! Now that we are in Cape Town and have consistent access, I’m trying to catch up. Maybe I will be back to real-time by the end of the week when we board the plan home (assuming that hurrican Sandy’s mess is cleaned up on the East Coast). Thanks for reading.

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