Did you know that a mere 54 km away from the Hluhluwe Game Reserve is the first world heritage site of South Africa, St Lucia or iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The area enormous starting from Mphelane in the South and North to Kosi Bay. This area received world heritage status in 1999 due to its uniqueness, not only may one see an incredible amount of wildlife but also experience various biospheres, from vegetated sand dunes, coastal forests, mangroves, beaches and estuarine systems to mention but just a few of its key features.
When it comes to wildlife one may experience so much depending on the time of the year one visits, rich in game the area is also known for its magnificent Whale Watching ( Boat Based), Turtle viewing both Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles may be witnessed, Whale Sharks and a wide variety of Game Fish of the shores of St Lucia. The beaches are incredible with hundreds of kilometers at ones disposal.
St Lucia lies in the Southern section of the park and makes for a great base from where to explore the natural paradise, the town of St Lucia is small with an estimated resident count of 500, however during peak season the numbers recorded have been close to 5000. The area offers amazing variety of Activities, Restaurants and amenities. A wide variety of Accommodation styles are available to suit each budget. However it is the Activities that makes this area so promising and keeps visitors flocking to the area.
Herewith a list of St Lucia South Africa Activities:
- Cape Vidal World Heritage Safari
- Night Drive Safaris
- Hippo & Croc Boat Safaris
- Turtle Viewing from November to end March
- Whale Watching St Lucia from June to end November
- Zulu Cultural Tours
- Bird Watching
- Snorkeling Excursions
- Guided Walking Trails
Their are also numerous walking trails within and around the town, it is our advise to visit the Igwalagwala Trail this route is great for early morning Birding while the Crocodile centre walk is awesome for viewing small antelope as well as Larger game. This trail the larger of the two may be done within 30 min up to 3 hours depending on the route that one follows. Please ensure that you have water as it may become quite warm during the summer months. This route also offers sights of Buffalo and one must take caution. Please make sure that you get a map of the trails at the Crocodile Centre. The crocodile centre also has some incredible information with regards to Crocodiles and snakes live demonstrations are offered weekly as well a croc feeding on the weekends. Book your place should you be interested.
What to be on the look out for while in St Lucia, one are the Hippo's that roam the streets freely at night, they are in search of grass and if one keeps your distance they pose no threat at all. Leopards are sighted regularly as well so make sure to take a camera along should you drive around at night. The area one should drive is the beach road and towards the ski boat club as these are the top areas one may just witness this splendid creature. A wide variety of antelope may also be witnessed in and around the town of St Lucia.
Cape Vidal gate is 3 km north of St Lucia, this is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and makes for some amazing activities such snorkeling, game viewing and guided walks, take some snacks along and enjoy warm water year round, Cape Vidal is protected by a reef and some amazing swimming ans snorkeling is on offer. Witness the Whales from the shores as they migrate past.
For more information on St Lucia South Africa Activities follow the link: http://www.stluciasouthafrica.com
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