Fantastic place, the village, the Wetlands Park, the sea, the lake and nature and wildlife.
The day we did the boat tour it rained.
When You Come to St. Lucia, Plan On Staying Longer!
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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 :)
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...more
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...more
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 citiesmore
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.
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...more
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...more