Saint Lucia Estuary Travel Guide

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    The pier at Lake St. Lucia
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Saint Lucia Estuary Things to Do

  • Nightdrive

    One of the best tours we made in St.Lucia is the nightdrive with Shaka Barker. Kian, our guide had a very good knowledge of the wildlife and the environment. The nightdrive takes you into the iSimangaliso wetland Park after dark. Three hours searching with a spotlight to find nocturnal animals.Kian is very good in finding chameleons, it was amazing...

  • Drive into the iSimangaliso wetland park

    Next to the town you will find the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. You can make organized tours into the park, in open jeeps with qualified guides, but you can also drive yourself. There is one main road all the way up to Cape Vidal. There are many loop roads and vista points along the way.Stop at least at Mission Rocks, an ideal place to eat your lunch...

  • Hippo and Croc tour

    There are several parties offering a hippo and croc tour. They following nearly the same route and theoretically it makes no difference which one you take. But there are differences in the size of the ship. It is up to you which one appeals more, a larger boat or a smaller one.We took the tour with Advantage tours and liked it very much. We did see...

  • A boat journey on Lake St. Lucia

    One of the best ways to explore and see the lake is a boat trip. A number of companies operate from St. Lucia town and the KwaZulu Natal Parks Board operates several trips a day from their pier next to the St. Lucia Bridge.

  • St. Lucia Crocodile Centre

    Located on a barrier island within the St. Lucia Estuary in the Indian Ocean near the Mozambique border, the Crocodile Centre has a superb collection of crocs and other reptiles from both South Africa and elsewhere (There are a couple of large alligators from the bayous of the southern US, for example.). You can walk through the enclosure and view...

  • Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park

    St. Lucia is a pretty handy place to use as a base for daytrips over to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park. (BTW, Hluhluwe is pronounced as "shloo-SHLOO-way") This is unquestionably one of South Africa's best. Although it is nowhere as large as Kruger, the real crown jewel of their park system, it is nevertheless one of the best-run and contains about...


Saint Lucia Estuary Restaurants

  • Not very classy

    It was a busy night at the Quarterdeck Seafood and Grill, but that is no excuse for bad service. There was service personnel hanging around the kitchen, but not in the restaurant serving tables.We got all seven dishes at different times and even then some were cold. The menu looked promising, but the food was not what we expected. The pasta...

  • Great service, great pizza

    St.Pizza looks like a fastfood place on the outside, but inside it is somewhat better. The service was great, fast and friendly. The food was maybe even better. We had five different pizza's and two pasta's which were all served at the same time, so nobody had to wait while the others were eating.The restaurant is open from 10:30 to 22:00 Just...

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    by LoriPori Updated Apr 17, 2005

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    Located in St. Lucia Village, OUT OF AFRICA ARTS & CRAFTS had just about everything you would look for in African crafts. There were carvings of giraffe in all sizes,also zebra, elephant and hippo carvings. T-shirts, animal print bags and purses. Hand-carved chess sets, etc.

    What to buy: I bought a set of hand-carved wooden salad set of fork and spoon. The handles were carved with images of a zebra.

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Saint Lucia Estuary Warnings and Dangers

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    Don't get eaten!!

    by MikeAtSea Written Oct 15, 2004

    Every year accidents happen in the bush and also in St. Lucia. To swim in the lake is not only silly but very dangerous. The lake is infested with crocodiles and even if you just stand in the lake on the banks crocodiles can swim unseen towards you and attack you.
    Also at night be aware of hippos - hippos cause most of the fatalities on the African continent, particulary if you come between them and the water!

    No swimming!
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Saint Lucia Estuary Favorites


    The Zululand coastline is a magnificent combination of rivers, lakes, lagoons and wetlands. The largest of the Zululand wetlands is the GREATER ST. LUCIA WETLAND PARK. This unique region extends parallel to the coastline for more than 80 kilometres from Maplelane in the south to Sodwana Bay in the north. This coastal jewel is an internationally...


    Wednesday September 28, 1994One of the best snorkeling and spearfishing venues on this coast is CAPE VIDAL. While we were there we had the experience of seeing two fishermen just bringing in their day's catch of Mackeral. Of course Hansi had to get right in there with them. I'm surprised he didn't help them clean the fish too.


    This Map shows the general area that we visited, including Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, Mkuze Game Reserve and St. Lucia Estuary. They were all fairly close together and within a short drive from Bonamanzi Game Park where we called home for four days and three nights.


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