St Lucia is South Africa’s very first world heritage site and for good reason. The abundance of wildlife and natural beauty is incredible. This small but quaint village in KwaZulu Natal has fast become a top tourist destination. St Lucia also happens to be the most visited town in Africa to witness our beloved Hippos. The area offers tropical warm climate year round not to mention the warm Indian Ocean that one can enjoy all year round. St Lucia is a great stop and the perfect gateway to discover the area, with numerous accommodation styles and budgets there is virtually something for everyone.
St Lucia Boat Cruise
Enjoy a leisurely cruise around South Africa’s stunning St Lucia Estuary (iSimangaliso Wetland Park) aboard a double-decker boat. The cruise is perfect for the whole family, and this boat is big enough for all guests to be able to get amazing views of this World Heritage Site. Keep an eye out for crocodiles and hippos as you meander through wetland waters, along with possible sightings of eagles, vultures, African broadbills and dozens of other bird species. Enjoy onboard snacks (own expense) as you travel, savouring the surrounding scenery.
iSimangaliso Guided Walking Safari
Explore the Park’s splendour at your own pace under the guidance of an experienced ranger. Taking a walk along one of iSimangaliso’s many designated walking trails is the best way to see the magnificent game animals that call the Park home. Common mammal sightings on the walking safaris include zebra, wildebeest, waterbuck, impala, warthog, red and common duiker, common reedbuck, kudu, vervet and samango monkeys, banded mongoose and sometimes leopard, hyena and side-striped jackal.
St Lucia Zulu Cultural Tours
St Lucia Zulu Cultural Tours is an Authentic Zulu experience that gives Guests an opportunity to visit the remote rural area Nkundusi (name of the village) situated in Northern KwaZulu Natal, Western shores of iSimangaliso Wetland Park to learn about both the past and present lifestyle of the people living in Nkundusi Zulu village. Interact with them with our exciting activities that are not touristy. A tour may include a performing Art Group who performs traditional Zulu dances, traditional ceremony, play and sing with the local children and/or a traditional church service.
St Lucia lies in the heart of unspoilt beauty with plenty of wildlife in KwaZulu Natal. Be sure to have your camera ready – not just for the beautiful beaches, lush coastal forests, dunes, wetlands, sunsets over the lake or even the leatherback turtles laying eggs (in summer), but also the extensive game and birdlife and fascinating scenery that this world heritage site has to offer. If you’re looking for exciting career opportunities in South Africa, make sure you click through to our job section.