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.