Lake Saint Lucia Travel Guide

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Lake Saint Lucia Highlights

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    Gili_S says…

     Fantastic place, the village, the Wetlands Park, the sea, the lake and nature and wildlife. 

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     The day we did the boat tour it rained. 

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     When You Come to St. Lucia, Plan On Staying Longer! 

Lake Saint Lucia Things to Do

  • Get Close Up at the Crocodile Center

    The St. Lucia Croc Centre was set up to help protect and conserve St. Lucia’s Nile crocodile population. There are many pools of crocodiles on displace from various ages and types. There are baby crocs, juvenile crocs, some old crocs, as well as some North American alligators, dwarf crocodiles and long snout crocodiles from other parts of the...

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  • Cape Vidal

    Cape Vidal is more of resort area than a park. It has beautiful beaches where people like to sun themselves, kick the football around, fish, and snorkel. The dunes here run all along the coast and are 150 m high. The dune forests are facinating and have an abundance of interesting life in them. Look out for the rare Samango Monkey. There are also...

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  • Visit Hluhluwe Game Reseve

    Hluhluwe (shlo-shlo-wee) is apart of the Kwazulu-Natal Park system and is located 15km West off of the N12. You can rent a car at Imperial rent a car and use St. Lucia Resort as a base to explore the park. If you don't like this cheaper and better option there are full day and half day tours of the area that can be booked at the backpackers or many...

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  • Visit Imfolozi Game Reserve

    Umfolozi is apart of the Kwazulu-Natal Park system and is 50 Km North North-West of Mtubatuba and about 80 from St. Lucia. It is really one park with Hluhluwe to the North. Both are connected by a corridor so the animals can move freely between both parks. You can rent a car at Imperial rent a car and use St. Lucia Resort as a base to explore the...

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  • Visit Mkhuze Game Reserve

    Mkuze is apart of the Kwazulu-Natal Park system. It is really an extention of the St. Lucia Greater Wetlands park. You can rent a car at Imperial rent a car and use St. Lucia Resort as a base to explore the park, although it is a bit far. You may want to camp at Mkhuze as it is a great option and cheap. Animals are free to move into both areas....

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  • Bird Watching

    The St Lucia Wetlands Park is heaven for bird watching, you will see and hear birds where ever you go, they are everywhere, by the sea, lake and in the forest, not always easy to catch them on camera but here are few nice one I did manage to catch.

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  • Self driving in the park

    A self drive around the greater St Lucia Wetland Park can give you all the freedom and pleasure to track and spot the animals around. Few nice images here of Zebra’s, Kudu, Nyala, Waterbuck & Buspig

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  • Cape Vidal

    We had the chance to visit also Cape Vidal, part of the SL Lucia marine reserve, there you can enjoy more of the sea and the beautiful beaches around.

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  • Whale Watching

    You can take also a boat cruise into the big wide ocean and go on a whale watch cruise. This is no fun cruise, this is an adventure, a fast boat will take you in a high speed into the deep ocean and will hunt for you the whale, the chances in St Lucia for seeing a whale is very good and so we did and it wasn't a disappointment. Just be prepared to...

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  • Guided Boat Cruise

    There are boats who has guided cruises tours over the lake where you can see from the inside the incredible wild life on this area.

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  • Fishing

    It seems fishing is rather popular here, I saw many do so, in this photo you can see well equipped vehicle going fishing by the sea. Did he get anything? At the time I was watching I didn’t see anything coming up.

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  • The sea and the beach

    Walk around the very beautiful long beaches here. Depends on the season the beach can be spent for swimming, sun tanning, bird watching and relaxing time.

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Lake Saint Lucia Restaurants

  • St Pizza

    St Pizza is exactly as it said in the sign, food and drinks, a good place for a quick snack and some drinks in between what ever activities. They have a nice large terrace to sit outside the relax.

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  • Alfredo

    Alfredo is a nice local Italian place own by a nice local man with Italian roots. Well, I wasn’t impressed with his pizza but at list the espresso was good ;-)

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  • Braza Restaurant

    This is rather new local restaurant, we chose it for being in good location with fantastic balcony to sit outside, even if it was winter season in South Africa, coming from Finland we felt like an average summer day ;-)

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Lake Saint Lucia Nightlife

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    by Gili_S Written Sep 15, 2008

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    There is actually rather usual and active nightlife in the centre of St Lucia as they have few clubs and pubs, all are very comfy and easy going as should be in a tourist resort. However, living in urban Europe I appreciated much more the sunset and the wildlife nightlife of this place :)

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Lake Saint Lucia Transportation

  • Car

    I did not notice of any public transportation to St. Lucia, there might be some but anyhow, it seems everyone come with his own car or boat to this place.

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  • How to Get to St. Lucia Village From...

    There is very little information on how to get to St. Lucia from Durban. This is what you can do.Take the 9am Greyhound bus to Richards Bay from the main bus station in Durban. The bus will take about 2.5 hours and cost R140.The bus will drop you off at a McDonalds. You must walk about 1 km across town to the mini bus terminal. Ask around where the...

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  • Imperial Car Hire in St. Lucia Village

    It is difficult to get around St. Lucia's many nice game reserves. If you want to visit Cape Vidal or Mkuze, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi renting a car is your best bet. It is possible to hire a car from Imperial Car Rental in St. Lucia. When I was there over the summer they had a weekend rate that was really good. You can rent a Tazz 1.3 for R153 a day with...

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Lake Saint Lucia Shopping

  • The street market

    The street market just by the centre of the village is also very nice place to do some of your souvenirs shopping as well as for some fresh fruits.

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  • Scatterings of Africa

    This is a small and very nice shop in St Lucia village where you can buy some nice souvenirs, handcrafts, cloths and other unique items.

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  • Local Crafts in St. Lucia

    On the west side of St. Lucia Resort on McKenzie street there are vendors that sell local crafts and fresh fruit Wooden carvings of animals, figures, and masksWoven items, baskets, fansFresh fruit such as pinapple, bananas, oranges It is quite inexpensive, especially compared to what you may find in the cities

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Lake Saint Lucia Warnings and Dangers

  • Vervet Monkeys

    Be sure you close your room window while out, those Vervet Monkeys are well adapted to the urban life these days, they will be all around the village and be sure that if you leave something tempting in your room, they might fancy it.

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  • Danger currents

    Not only might the animals be danger here, but also the sea. The beaches are wonderful but be aware that the currents are very active, so be careful and do not go to swim too deep into the charming blue sea.

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  • Do Not Feed the Crocodiles

    Additional to all the danger signs it is also prohibited to feed the crocodiles, so please do not throw food into the water. In case your wife is there with you... . . he he ;-)

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Lake Saint Lucia What to Pack

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    by Gili_S Written Sep 15, 2008

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are during summer you need only very light summer cloths. At the winter have something warm for the evenings and night.
    I had my hiking sandals on (as in the photo here by the sea) but if you plan long hiking, have also good hiking shoes then.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito Repellent can be helpful, depends on the season you visit, we in the winter didn’t need it at all.
    Same regarding malaria pills, depends on the season, please ask advice from your medical expert.

    Photo Equipment: I think this is very clear and no need to mention, you go all the way here to see the animals, have the best what you can get, especially if you plan birdwatching.

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Lake Saint Lucia Off The Beaten Path

  • 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

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  • 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 :)

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  • 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...

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Lake Saint Lucia Favorites

  • A World Heritage Site

    St. Lucia is a World Heritage Site, it is a fantastic place to spend your holiday, there are so many things you can do and see I that no matter what is your taste, you will find your way to enjoy this place.

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  • Cape Vidal Fishing & Snorkelling...

    Cape Vidal is well known for its great Fishing and Snorkelling, and it is relatively safe for swimming.We were lucky to see some fishermen bringing in their catch.half a dozen BIG Mackerels. I remember what an awsome sight it was when we walked the short walk from the parking lot to the beach , where there were people in the Ocean enjoying...

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