Lake Saint Lucia Travel Guide
Lake Saint Lucia
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Lake Saint Lucia
Fantastic place, the village, the Wetlands Park, the sea, the lake and nature and wildlife.
The day we did the boat tour it rained.
In a nutshell
When You Come to St. Lucia, Plan On Staying Longer!
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
Compare to many other places in Africa, in some of the areas here it is perfectly safe to hike and take a walk in the wild. Actually there are even guided 4 days Wilderness Trail if you wish including overnights stay in a camp.
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 ;-)
Pic N Pay: Great Market in the Middle of Town
You don't have to worry about stocking up in Durban when coming to St. Lucia. There is plenty of food and supplies availabe right in the middle of St. Lucia Resort at the Pic N Pay. You can get fresh vegetable, meat, can goods, liquor, medicines etc.
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 :)
Written Sep 15, 2008
How to Get to St. Lucia Village From Durban
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...
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...
Open Air Market: 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...
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.
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.
What to pack
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.
Written Sep 15, 2008
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...
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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