There is a relatively safe area for swimming, wildlife, especially birds, is abundant and self-guided trails enable visitors to see some of the surrounding wetlands and Lake Bhangazi. Cape Vidal falls within the St Lucia Marine Reserve and is situated north-east of St. Lucia.
Cape Vidal is named after Captain Alexander Thomas Emeric Vidal (1792 - 1863), a surveyor with the British Royal Navy who charted the African coast in the 1820s.
Flora and fauna
Cape Vidal has the best of both worlds with access to the eastern shores of Lake St Lucia where there is a variety of game including reedbuck, other antelope, hippos, crocodiles and buffalo, spectacular water, forest and grassland birds and the wonderful Indian Ocean shore line with its startling array of marine animals.
The marine habitat is the route used by humpback whales on their northerly migration to Mozambique to calve. Other "big game" include migratory marlin, sailfish and dolphins.
From November to February the loggerheads and leatherback turtles come onto the beach to lay eggs.
Park entry fees - R40 per person and R45 per vehicle (2014)
Petrol and diesel are for sale from 8am - 4pm. There is a small shop with curios, water, refreshments and some snacks. All other supplies can be obtained at St Lucia, which is 37km away.
If you are staying overnight, you need to bring your own food. Supplies available in St Lucia.
This pretty bay is supported by a variety of accommodation set back in the dunes.
Snorkeling at Cape Vidal excellent, but bathing and snorkeling conditions can be dangerous at the wrong tide, especially 3-4 hours before and after high tide. For up to date information about tidal conditions and ocean safety at Cape Vidal, speak to the locals, or get a local guide.