Swala Swala Park
At the end of McKenzie street heading west is Swala Swala Park. It's a nice park with clear trails. Follow it and the trail leads to the lake where you may find hippo and crocs and plenty of birds including goliath heron and african fish eagle. You can follow the lake all the way to the mouth of the river to the Indian Ocean.
This is a nice days walk that costs you nothing and gives you another excellent opportunity to see wildlife. The beach is also very beautiful.
On our walk we saw:
african fish eagle
black faced duck
purple crested lourie
Don't walk around here at night. Hippos may be walking the trails.
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
Hiking Trails at St Lucia
There are many HikingTrails in St Lucia.
They range from short trails to longer trails.
Msiki Trail This trail has tree different circular walks which return to a base Hut.
You can pick up this trail at different points and walk a few hours.
MfasanaPan A short 20 minute walk to a Hide on the edge of the Pan where you have a great view at many woodland Birds.
Uvumbo Trail At Cape Vidal a leasurely trail about 4 hours winding to lake Bangazi where there are Hippos and Crocks, and a variety of waterfowl.
The Kalagwala Trail A short Trail on the edge of the Estuary where you are able to hear and see many Birds and small Animals. This is the only Trail that can be done from the Village of St Lucia.
Emoyeni Trail A trail for seasoned backpackers a 5 days 4 nights trail through
Swamp lands Grass Lands an along the lake , this Trail needs to be booked by the Natal Parks Board Central Reservations.
Mpophomeini Trail A 3 hour walk through winding through the Sand Forest .
Interesting trees an a variety of Birds can be seen.
Dugandlovu An ideal trail for families
and groups of shoolchildren with a rustic Camp.
- Hiking and Walking
Animal Watching: Vervet Monkey
Here is one nice Vervet Monkey I spotted while driving in the park, they are easy to recognise by their blue balls, LOL
Animal Watching: Hippopotamus
While walking on one of the trails I saw this big hippopotamus, I wasn’t sure if he was just bored and yawn or wanted to show me his great teeth :)