Lake Saint Lucia Travel Guide

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Lake Saint Lucia Things to Do

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • Go wildlife viewing

    Wildlife is plentiful but you need to really look for it. There are many antelope in the forests (and in the Cape Vidal campground - see pic) including Reedbuck, Kudu, Nyala, Waterbuck, Impala and Duiker. Warthhogs and bush pigs are relatively easy to surprise. Wildebeest can be seen in the grasslands. You can also see hippo and crocs in the water....

  • Go surf fishing from the beach

    Cape Vidal is well set up for fishing - bait is available from the main shop. In the village of St Lucia, you can buy everything you possibly need for fishing, if you have left it at home. You will need a permit to fish at Cape Vidal - in the reserve. This can be bought from the reception office in the resort of Cape Vidal (R40 when we were last...

  • St Lucia Wetlands

    Right on the doorstep of Bushlands Game Lodge, St Lucia is not to be missed. With beaches that you just can't wait to sink into, the sand is very hot, remember your flip flops and of course a trip by boat over the waters to get right up close to the hippos and crocs whilst enjoying a sundowner on board, you can't beat it.

  • Crocodiles in St. Lucia Greater Wetlands...

    There are an estimated 2000 Nile crocodiles in St. Lucia Greater Wetland Reserve. They can be seen up and down the entire lack system. One of the best ways to see crocs is to take the Hippo Lake tour that leaves from St. Lucia. The Croc Center is also a place to get some good shots and info on the crocodiles and their environment.Crocs spend their...

  • Walk into the St. Lucia Game Reserve

    From the Croc Center there are several trails that actually go into St. Lucia Game Reserve. There is a loop trail and a lake trail that takes you to the lake side. The trails are fairly well marked. You have a good chance to see zebra, wildebeest, warthog, and hippo if you go to the lake. I also spotted crowned hornbill for bird enthusiats, a...

  • Trails from Mission Rocks

    Inside the St. Lucia Game Reserve you can take several nice walks from Mission Rocks located 13 km north of the Croc Center and park gate. The Emoyeni trail and Mziki trail heads are here. Now it would seem from the literature that you need to book these trails. The whole Mziki trail is a self guided trail that costs around R40 per day and takes 3...

  • Mission Rocks Ocean View

    From Mission Rocks you can continue east and check out great views of the Indian Ocean. The views are really nice. It is rarely visited by tourist and is a great place to see sunset or sunrise. The Cape Vidal Dunes are also facinating as you must go through dense dune forest to reach the beach which is full vines.From the parking lot there are...

  • Lake St. Lucia Boat Tour

    Make sure you take the 2 hour boat tour. You will see lots of crocodile and hippos as well as many birds including goliath heron, grey herons, and african fish eagles. You may have excellent opportunties to get up close to the hippos and crocs.There are several boats that leave from St. Lucia Resort from the pier on the west side of the village...

  • Hippos in St. Lucia

    There are an estimated 1000 hippopotamus in the Greater St. Lucia Wetland area. Hippopotamus is the heaviest land mammal in world behind the elephant. It is also the most dangerous animal to humans causing more deaths each year, with exception to the mosquito. Hippos have enormous heads with long lower canines that can grow up to 18” (45 cm) long....

  • Turtle Tours

    Turtles weighing just shy of 400kg, and in some cases more than a ton, glide effortlessly through the warm Indian Ocean. They are on their way to a place they know only from a few hours spent there after their birth. They drag their gravity-stricken bodies from the waves and haul themselves towards some of the highest forested dunes in Africa....

  • Whale Watching

    A fantastic trip from Lake St Lucia, is a Whale Watching Trip.You get up close and face to face with the 5th largest animal that has ever lived on Earth!!!The Humped Back Whale, consired one of the most playful of the whales as well as one of the most acrobatic.You can get as close as 50 m away from these huge guys!!!A once in a life time...

  • An evening of Hippos!

    There's a tour that takes you down the river at Saint Lucia's too look at Hippos and Gators. It's relaxful and it's great to see animals in their natural habitat. Now, hippos can go up to 30 or 60 mph, and they are as heavy as a steamboat. When I went our boat went in between a hippo and her child so she started to charge us. It was awesome.

  • A tour on the Santa Lucia , a nice big...

    A Cruise up the St,Lucia Estuary &, there are two trained guides on board . The boat tour takes approximately 1 1/2 , and it was a great tour , it would have been better yet if it did not rain that day.We saw many Hippos whole Herds of them. The Santa Lucia tour boat is comfortable and seats 80 passengers, it has two decks (top deck best view) and...


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    Pic N Pay: Great Market in the Middle of Town

    by Waxbag Written Dec 15, 2004

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    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.

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Lake Saint Lucia Transportation

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Lovely Souvenirs & Craft Shops in St,...

    As you will see in the pictures in the Travelogues , this shop was beautiful and very classy and a large variety of local Crafts.The colours were just great , and even I liked it in their and I rarely shop. I think Lori bought a few items in this store , a wooden fork and spoon for salade mixing and a wooden carved Mask.The wooden animals were...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Lake Saint Lucia Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't get munched

    Swimming in the estuary is very dangerous: hippos and crocs live very happily in the water and can munch you in a moment! Swimming in the sea is fine, although near the estuary mouth it is dangerous (if the mouth is open). Elephants have also been released on the Eastern Shores, and now walking unescorted in that area is not allowed. Walking alone...

  • Mosquitoes and Hippos

    This is a malarial area. There is plenty of water and plenty of mosquitoes. Take the precausions against malaria. Hippos also may be walking around your camp ground or even around town at night. These are the two biggest killers in Africa so be vigilant.

  • Watch out for Game While Walking

    When walking in the Game Reserve keep in mind that even though there are no lions there are some animals that are dangerous including:hippobuffaloblack rhinoleopardcrocodileelephantKeep and I out and maintain your distance.


Lake Saint Lucia Off The Beaten Path

  • 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...

  • 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...

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    Cape Vidal Fishing & Snorkelling...

    by Waalewiener Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Fondest memory: 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 themself in the enormous waves.

    Mackerel big catch.
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