"St. Lucia Wetland Reserve" Saint Lucia Estuary by MikeAtSea

Saint Lucia Estuary Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 49 photos

Situated in northern KwaZulu-Natal, the coastal village of St Lucia is the gateway to the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, incorporating Mkuzi (a Big 5 reserve), Sodwana Bay (a world famous scuba diving destination) and Kosi Bay (a natural paradise). In close proximity to St Lucia is the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, home to the Big 5 and the largest population of rhino in the world.
To go hand in hand with St Lucia's 300 sun-filled days a year the area boasts magnificent self-guided walking trails through sub-tropical forests, grasslands and lily-covered pans which abound in animal life.
ake St Lucia, the largest estuarine water body in Africa, can be explored by means of a boat safari, bringing the visitors into close proximity with hippo lazing in the waters and crocodiles basking in the sun on the estuary's banks. Pelicans riding the thermals overhead and sights of Goliath Herons stabbing at fish in the lake make this a true African Experience.
Along the natural and unspoilt coastline, golden beaches stretch as far as the eye can see, lapped by
warm blue waters from the Indian Ocean and bounded by the world's highest vegetated sand dunes.
Whales and schools of dolphins frequent this spectacular coastline, also the natural breeding habitat
for the leatherback and loggerhead turtles. These waters are renowned for big game fishing and the much sought after marlin are landed here. The warm Mozambique current attracts a kaleidoscope of colourful tropical fish that feed off coral reefs.

One tip to do is a boat trip on Lake St. Lucia that is operated by the KwaZulu Natal Nature Conservation. The boat leaves on the left side of the bridge entering St. Lucia village and takes you close to hippos, crocodiles and the abundance of bird life.

At the end of St. Lucia village you reach the mouth of St. Lucia Lake. Some fantastic dunes can be found here along the unspoiled beach.

St. Lucia can be reached by traveling on the N2 from Durban, the St. Lucia and Mtubatuba exit is sign posted from the national road. Driving time from Durban is around 3 1/2 hours.

  • Last visit to Saint Lucia Estuary: Jan 2004
  • Intro Updated Oct 15, 2004
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