What was once a small and modest fishing town back in 1822 has now become one of KwaZulu-Natal’s most popular and sought after tourism destinations.
The town of St Lucia is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding ecological paradise of the Wetland Park - which also happens to be South Africa’s first Natural World Heritage Site and the third largest reserve in South Africa. Consisting of 5 major ecosystems, the Wetland Park stretches as far as 280 km up the coast, is in close proximity to the famous Big Five in surrounding game reserves, houses over 500 species of bird life, offers front row seats to the annual nesting season of the Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles in the Summer, whale spotting in the Winter, trail walks, fish traps, sunsets and boat cruises … Where else can you go to experience the bush, beach and beauty of Africa all in one place!
The town of St Lucia is the gateway to the southern part of the ISimangaliso Wetland Park (formerly the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park) which stretches up the North-eastern coastline of KwaZulu-Natal from St Lucia to the Mozambique border.
Still humble and true to its roots, St Lucia’s main street is only 800 metres long and the town’s infrastructure has been restricted to remain below tree top level. The people of St Lucia are as welcoming as the scenery itself, with curio shops, coffee stops and restaurants, backpackers, B&B’s and hotels to please any wary traveller. There truly is something for everyone in this quaint little paradise. From its magnificent beaches and sandy dunes, to the infamous coral reefs, wetland marshes and its share of exotic animals, this hub of fascinating wildlife will provide the ultimate African adventure.