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St. Lucia

St. Lucia is a small town, next to the St. Lucia Estuary within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal. The estuary connects Lake St. Lucia to the Indian Ocean. The town is a haven for fishermen and during South Africa's holiday seasons and summer weekends it literally swarms with pick-up trucks and visitors with fishing rods. During the rest of the year it is a rustic hideaway and great base from which to explore the Estuary and sandy beaches

The estuary was named Santa Lucia by Portuguese explorers who first reached it in 1576. Santa Lucia is the name of an Ezemvelo (parks-board) boat that operates 1.5-hour cruises on the Estuary three to four times a day. Our preferred (private) cruise operator is Advantage Tours. You will see large numbers of hippos, some crocodiles, various water birds and often African Fish Eagle. If you have limited time to spend in town we suggest that you opt for this activity.

The town is also home to the St. Lucia Crocodile Centre. Originally established to help replenish the crocodile population of Lake St. Lucia and its estuary, it now fulfills an educational function.

A host of other activities are on offer in the area including whale watching cruises,game drives, hiking trails and snorkeling excursions to nearby Cape Vidal.

Tours that include St. Lucia

Blyde River Canyon

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: *** / ****
Price: R24,240 per person sharing (±US$ 1,777 )
R6,085 single supplement (±US$ 446 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.

Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .

Hole-in-the-Wall

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: *** / ****
Price: R24,240 per person sharing (±US$ 1,777 )
R6,085 single supplement (±US$ 446 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘northbound’ tour version that starts in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.

Highlights: Cape Town , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Oudtshoorn , Route 62 , Garden Route , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Cango Caves , Knysna , Storm’s River Mouth , Coffee Bay , Wild Coast , Hibiscus Coast , San Lameer , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Swaziland , Kruger National Park , Panorama Route , Johannesburg .

White Rhino in Kruger

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: ****
Price: R13,905 per person sharing (±US$ 1,019 )
R3,230 single supplement (±US$ 236 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


The 5 Day Wildlife Experience Scheduled Tour, starts in Johannesburg and ends in Durban. It includes the Makalali Private Game Reserve, the Panorama Route, The Kruger National Park, The Mthethomusha Game Reserve, a game drive and walk in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and a boat cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary.

Highlights: Makalali Private Game Reserve , Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Mthethomusha Game Reserve , Swaziland , St. Lucia , iSimangaliso Wetland Park , St. Lucia Estuary & Lake .

St. Lucia attractions

A landscape in the magnificent iSimangaliso Wetland Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that stretches along a coastal belt of 220 km and covers an area of 332,000 ha. It includes three major lake systems and five interlinking eco systems. It features a huge diversity of animal, plant and marine life.

Sunset over St. Lucia Lake near Fani's Island in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

St. Lucia Estuary

The 360 square kilometre Lake St. Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal is the largest inland body of water in South Africa and the jewel in the crown of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The lake has a healthy fish population, supports a huge variety of bird species and is home to ±800 hippos and scores of crocodiles.

Landscape in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province.

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park (prev. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi) is the oldest game reserve in Africa. It is situated in the North of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province. It covers 96,000 ha of varied ecosystems. Relative to its size, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is home to the largest population of the endangered white rhino in the world with between 1 500 and 2 000.

A game and bird-watching cruise at Bonamanzi Game Reserve

Hluhluwe

The small town of Hluhluwe in Northern Natal is popular because of its close proximity to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park (previously called Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve) and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Hippopotamus in the St. Lucia Estuary, a common site on (a limited number regulated) boat cruises operated for tourists.

St. Lucia boat cruises

The St Lucia lake is the largest estuarine system in Africa and is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, meaning place of wonder/ miracle. It is home to a huge population of hippos and many crocodiles. It is also a birder's paradise. A number of companies operate boat trips on the estuary that last 2 hours on average.

Horse-riding on the beach near St. Lucia on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.

KwaZulu-Natal North Coast

The North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa with its wonderful stretches of unspoiled sandy beaches and the moderate climate offers swimming all year round. Inland you see rolling fields of sugar cane. The coast is known as the Dolphin coast, due to the frequent sighting of dolphins in the waves nearby.