St. Lucia

Time needed: 2 Day(s) to 4 Day(s)

St. Lucia, is the southern most entrance to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park situated where the estuary meets the sea and an appropriate gateway to the wonders of Lake St Lucia and the region. The town, approximately 300km north of Durban, is a popular holiday destination in its own right and acts as an ideal base for exploring the surrounding beauty. The town itself is a friendly and quiet town where locals will greet you with a smile as you wonder down the road. Local restaurants offer fresh seafood and other delights to be enjoyed after an lazy day exploring the abundance of nearby attractions.

Large shoals of fish - salmon, grunter, mullet and bream amongst others - frequent the lakes and are prey to numerous big game fish and sharks at the estuary mouth thus making St. Lucia an excellent area for shore-based and deep sea fishing. Just outside of town the Crocodile Centre offers the best view in the country of crocs up close and behind a fence. St. Lucia also offers hippo cruises which are a must do activity while in the area. There is also a proliferation of walking trails, kayak safaris, night and game safaris. Turtle breeding season starts in October and lasts until April while whale watching season is from June until December. Organised shore and boat trips are readily available.