Visiting St Lucia South Africa
St Lucia South Africa is situated in the heart of Zululand. 2,5 hours North of Durban this sub tropical destination with it's coconut trees, vervet monkeys and abundance of Hippos makes for a true treat. St Lucia is ideally situated, set within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and a mere 54 km from the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.
It is no wonder that since the inception of world heritage status in 1999 (UNESCO) that this small quaint town has fast become such a travelers delight. Arriving in town one has to cross the St Lucia Estuary one of Africa's largest, the probability of seeing Hippos from the bridge is of-course almost a given. Some days the bridge itself looks like a sighting within the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park with lions everywhere but rather Hippos. This may be just the start of your unbelievable holiday to the area. Yes Visiting St Lucia is a mouthful the town is surrounded by an estimated 800 Hippos that go insearch of grass at night and yes they roam the streets of St Lucia at night. This has to be one of those amazing sightings where wildlife and the impact of civilization meet. The residents of St Lucia not only depend on the Hippos but ensure their ability to travel safely while in the town. All residents will undoubtedly let you know that Hippos do walk freely in town, the what the how and the what not to do when encountering these animals is explained very carefully.
This coexistence of man and wildlife is soothing and magnificent proof that the one assists the other might we say.
Day time in St Lucia is a bit slower than the larger areas one may have visited, naturally one may enjoy miles of pristine beaches with the warm waters from the Indian Ocean year round. During the winter months on the beach you too may be afforded the amazing sight of Humpback Whales breaching as they migrate past. Fishing from the beach becomes a true sight as various species come and go a test of skill and fun at hand.
Numerous hikes in and around St Lucia add to the various outings that one may enjoy, birding is splendid with numerous species that may be encountered. Cycling tours have fast become a popular way of enjoying the area with some incredible guiding from local guides.
For those wanting to go deep see fishing their too are numerous operators with years of skill and experience. Deep Sea Charters depart daily however are weather dependant, please note that a licence is needed prior to departure. For more information please do inquire from the Charter Company. It has become common practice for tag and release.
The Eastern shores is surrounded by water on the west is the St Lucia Estuary and on the east the Indian Ocean. This area or destination is commonly referred to as Cape Vidal, a protected bay perfect for snorkeling, deep sea fishing, camping and picnicking. The area en-route boasts the second largest vegetated dunes in the world, open grasslands, forest and some magnificent loop roads and hides for everyone to enjoy. Home to the African ( big 3 or 4) as the Elephants do cross the Estuary sometimes. The Eastern shores makes for an absolutely incredible days outing either by self drive or a organised guided game drive.
The Western shores is the latest addition to iSimangaliso Wetland Park, accessible prior to entering St Lucia. This park is home to the African Big 4 (no lions). It has a real bush feel and smell to it, wandering Giraffes in the distance, superb wildlife sightings with numerous hides and lookouts. Making this park more attractive is the fact that one may enjoy accessing the western shores in the morning and the depart in the north where one may then access the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in the north. This two park one day outing is a true adventure giving one the highest probability of seeing as many wildlife species within a day.
Visiting St Lucia South Africa may just be one of those holiday experiences that will remain as your highlight while in Zululand. We hope and trust that you too will enjoy the beauty that surrounds the area.
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Full Day Heritage Tour
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Zulu Culture Tours
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Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise
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