Saint Lucia Estuary Hotels

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Kings Palace: Self catering apartments

We stayed a weekend at Kings Palace in 2 apartments. Each apartment had two bedrooms, a bathroom, a sitting room and a kitchen. One even had a small garden. The apartments were spacious and clean.
The only down point being that towels were not supplied.

The receptionist was very friendly and helped us with booking a few tours. Prices of the tours were the same prices the tour organizations asked for the tours.

The building is located behind the supermarket (Spar) which is very handy for a self catering stay. But there are also restaurants nearby would you like to eat out.

Our verdict
A good price/quality ratio. We can recommend it.

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  • Related to: Fishing, Whale Watching, Beaches
  • Written October 26, 2010
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Rocktail Bay Lodge: Turtles and Relaxation

Rocktail Bay lodge is by the Indian Ocean one of the most lovely beaches in of South Africa.
It is built, just inland from the beach behind the dunes of Maputaland's coastline.
Rocktail has nearly 40 kilometres of unspoilt, pristine and deserted coastline.
It is a private reserve so you can walk for hours without meeting another soul. Accommodation is in 11 rustic tree-house chaletswith a private balcony and outdoor shower in the forest. The main area of the lodge has a lounge and restaurant but you can also eat at the poolside or under the big Natal Mahogany tree.
There is a fully accredited dive centre, boating excursions and snorkelling as well as fly-fishing, and forest walks.
During the summer months Rocktail Bay Lodge is involved in on-going turtle research. Guests are able to join the rangers on research drives at low tide at night helping to monitor the turtles' nesting numbers and behaviour.

Rocktail Bay is a protected area so you have to stay at the lodge if you want to see the turtles, as there is no public access. Therefore the turtles here are undisturbed and highly protected.

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  • Related to: Eco-Tourism, Beaches
  • Written September 12, 2007
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Turtle at Rocktail

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Banghoek Safari Lodge: A great family-owned/oriented lodge

My wife and I booked into the Banghoek Lodge under duress, in a sense. We had spent a long day on the N-2 on our way to St. Lucia, we were tired, and we realized if we continued on too much longer we might not find anything at all. Dipping into a brochure we had picked up at a tourist office, my wife came onto this one and called from the car. Fortunately, they had space, although the directions were a little vague.

When we got to the lodge around dusk, we were met by two exceedingly friendly dogs and a young couple, who turned out to be our hosts. The next thing we knew, we were ensconced in chairs on the front patio and being invited to a family braai (barbeque) they were having that evening! The food was excellent: boewors , a South African sausage, sirloin steaks, a local freshwater fish, and various side dishes. We washed that all down with an excellent South African cabernet sauvignon. The conversation was great, and we finally trundled off to bed around 11:00pm!

The room, which was really a small bungalow, was very comfortable with plenty of bedding -- very necessary during a South African winter because no one seems to believe in central heating. We could have used a TV, but that was a minor complaint, given the extraordinary hospitality we had been shown.

A huge, cooked buffet breakfast was served in the main house, where there is a very comfortable bar with the usual wild game trophies hanging on the walls (None was new, I might add). There was also a huge front garden with numerous cycads , trees, and flowers as well as private hiking trails nearby.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Hiking and Walking, Fishing, Safari
  • Written October 23, 2005
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Banghoek Safari Lodge near Bayala, KwaZulu Natal

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Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday --September 27, 28 & 29, 1994
Hans, his brother Wim and I stayed at the BONAMANZI GAME PARK in a Tree House for three nights. It was our "Home" while we visited three game reserves located in the area -- Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve -- Mfabeni/Cape Vidal -- Mkuzi Game Reserve and the St. Lucia Estuary.

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  • Related to: Family Travel
  • Written April 16, 2005
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Our Tree House

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