When one speaks of St Lucia
, really one is referring to the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, South Africa’s third largest park. On the north-eastern coast of KwaZulu Natal
, this wilderness reserve covers some 280 km of coastline, stretching from Kosi Bay in the north to Cape St Lucia
in the south and was the first park in South Africa to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.
The park includes Lake St Lucia and its estuary, a surround of wildlife reserve, a number of islands and a section of the Marine Reserve along the coast. It is home to five recognisable ecosystems and includes swamps, lake systems, coral reefs, beaches, wetlands, woodlands and coastal forests.
There is no limit to activities in the area. There are hippo cruises, kayak safaris, game safaris and the beautiful beaches with their high sand dunes are perfect for walks, volley ball and sunbathing. The town of St Lucia
proper is at the most southern entrance to the park, about 300 km from Durban
There is no limint to St Lucia
accommodation and there is a wide variety to choose from. From guest lodges, self -catering units, and homely bed and breakfasts to safari lodges and backpackers, accommodation in St Lucia
has it all to ensure a pleasant holiday.