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St. LuciaSouth Africa

This small town on South Africa’s Elephant Coast is famous for its wildlife and outdoor adventures near the spectacular iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

St. Lucia is a nature lover’s delight and the gateway to the magnificent iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formerly Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park), a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a jeep or horse safari to spot South Africa’s big animals, hike trails to scenic lookouts, discover superb fishing and join whale-watching excursions. St. Lucia sits on the glorious and rugged Elephant Coast, along the Indian Ocean shores.

The town itself is a lively, tourist-friendly hub at the southern edge of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, with a variety of accommodations, seafood restaurants, bars and cafés. Browse St. Lucia Market for handicrafts, curios and fresh produce. Enjoy a walk along the golden sand dunes of St. Lucia Beach.

Many visitors come to St. Lucia for the scenery and wildlife of the wetland park, a nature reserve of beaches, coastal forests, lakes, wetland and woodland. Join jeep and kayak safaris or ride on horseback along the soft white sands of Iphiva Beach. Explore hiking trails, such as the Igwala Gwala Forest Trail and 39-mile-long (63-kilometer) Emoyeni Trail.

Inside the park, look for crocodiles, leopards, rhinos and more than 500 bird species. Spot South Africa’s biggest hippo population as you cruise along St. Lucia Lake. Visit from November to February to see nesting leatherback sea turtles or from June to November for sightings of humpback whales.

For more wildlife, go to the Mapelana Nature Reserve, a short drive south of St. Lucia. Try deep-sea fishing, hunt for shellfish in tidal pools and take scenic hikes, such as the Umphafa Trail. Explore the unspoiled beaches of Cape Vidal, a popular location for sport fishing.

St. Lucia is about a 90-minute drive from Richards Bay and a 3-hour drive from Durban. Getting around town is easy on foot. Rent a car if you wish to visit the wetland park. The town’s travel agencies offer a wide range of organized tours.

St. Lucia presents the perfect combination of adventure, nature and wildlife, with a consistently mild climate.

Top hotels in St. Lucia

Lidiko Lodge
Lidiko Lodge
4 out of 5
95 Mc Kenzie Street, St. Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal
The price is £92 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan

Situated on the Strip, this lodge is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from St Lucia Crocodile Centre and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from iSimangaliso Wetland Park. St. Lucia Estuary Beach ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (12 reviews)

"Nice place! We loved it! Very attentive. We felt like home. ;))"…"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2019

Lidiko Lodge
Ndiza Lodge & Cabanas
Ndiza Lodge & Cabanas
4 out of 5
153 Hornbill Street, St. Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal
The price is £55 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan

Situated in St. Lucia, this beach guesthouse is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from St. Lucia Estuary Beach and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from iSimangaliso Wetland Park. St Lucia Crocodile ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (50 reviews)

"Breakfast was good even though it seemed the staff had no interest in being there!!! The staff service was disappointing, especially the receptionist!! We were having a drink at the bar at 10.45pm and was told the lodge closes down at 10pm. We had had a 10hr drive and arrived at 6.45pm so once we ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2020

Ndiza Lodge & Cabanas
St Lucia Safari Lodge
St Lucia Safari Lodge
4 out of 5
103 Mc Kenzie Street, St. Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal
The price is £44 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from St Lucia Crocodile Centre and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from iSimangaliso Wetland Park. St. Lucia ...

4/5Very Good! (24 reviews)

"Very good! Except the toilet. We have only one toilet for a family of six"…"

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2020

St Lucia Safari Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in St. Lucia

Little Eden St Lucia
Little Eden St Lucia
4 out of 5
159 Hornbill Street, St. Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal
The price is £43 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan

This family-friendly St. Lucia aparthotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Lucia Estuary Beach and iSimangaliso Wetland Park. ...

4/5Very Good! (26 reviews)
Little Eden

"Apartment was well equipped and spacious. Make sure that you do not get apartment 2 - Imvubu as this apartment is located right next to the generator. Loadshedding happened at 1 am on our first night there and sleep was impossible once the generator kicked in."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2020

Little Eden St Lucia
First Group Lake View Cabanas
First Group Lake View Cabanas
3 out of 5
Mckenzie Street, St. Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal
The price is £42 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb

This family-friendly St. Lucia aparthotel is located by the ocean, within 3 mi (5 km) of St Lucia Crocodile Centre and iSimangaliso Wetland Park. St. Lucia Estuary ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (20 reviews)

"From the moment we were greeted until our final goodbye, we were treated like family. The location of the hotel is excellent, close to several excellent restaurants and downtown. Everything is a short 5-10 minute walk and so easy to find. I recommend waiting to book excursions and work with the hotel. ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2019

First Group Lake View Cabanas
Perna Perna St Lucia
Perna Perna St Lucia
3 out of 5
125 Mckenzie Street, St. Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal
The price is £48 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from St Lucia Crocodile Centre and 2.5 mi (4 km) from iSimangaliso Wetland Park. St. Lucia ...

3.9/5Very Good! (15 reviews)

"Great stay. Only disappointing thing is there are no toiletries eg. soap supplied in the unit."…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

Perna Perna St Lucia
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of St. Lucia

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13 Aug 2019

Lovely town. Liked the crocodile centre feeding and the boat trip from the estuary. Couldn’t do the whale watching because of weather but didn’t matter as we saw them playing in the water from Cape Vidal. Also saw Rhinos on the way there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Mar 2019

Local bowls club short walk from accomodation made very welcome there.

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