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St. Lucia, South Africa
Fast Facts
Waterway Cruises
Wildlife Park
Market / Fair
Tourist Attractions
Family-Friendly Tours
Points of Interest Nearby
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The village of St. Lucia is the gateway to St. Lucia Estuary and Eastern Shores area. Take a boat tour on Lake St. Lucia and watch hippos, crocs and waterbirds. Meet the living dinosaurs at the Crocodile Centre. Hike the 1.5 km Gwalagwala Walk and spot birds and small game. Enjoy a relaxing lunch in a village restaurant. Shop for souvenirs. Travel north to Mission Rocks and Cape Vidal and explore the wilds.
Getting There
The village of St. Lucia is part of iSimangaliso Wetland Park and is located 80 km (50 miles) north of Richards Bay and 25 km (16 miles) from Mtubatuba. Take the N2 to Mtubatuba. Follow the road signs through the town.
Getting Around
The village of St. Lucia is easily walked. In addition to the 1.5 km (3-mile) Gwalagwala Walk there are four loop trails near the croc center. All four travel through a myriad of environments; mangroves, grassland, marsh, swamp forest, forested dunes and proteaveld. Check with the camp office for trail closures and guided walks.
When to Travel
The climate in St. Lucia is subtropical. Summers are hot and humid. Winters are mild and dry. Rain is possible from December to February. Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles breed on the Eastern Shores from November to March. Humpback whales can be seen off the coast from June to December. The peak season (December, January, April, and July) coincides with South African school holidays.
Health & Safety
St. Lucia is a malaria risk area. Precaution is warranted. Swimming is prohibited in the lake and estuary due to crocodiles. There are no shark nets on this stretch of the Indian Ocean.
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Hours & Seasons
Park gates are open 24 hours a day. The camp office is open daily 8:00 - 16:30. Gate times and camp office hours vary at all areas in the park.
Admission & Fees
Entrance to this area of the park is free of charge. A fee is charged for camping, launch tours and overnight fishing.
Contact Details
To contact the camp office in St. Lucia dial +27 (0)33 5901340. For additional information on iSimangaliso Wetland Park dial +27 (0)33 845 1002 or send an email to info@kznwildlife.com.
Things to Keep in Mind
The village of St. Lucia is not full-service but it boasts shops, restaurants and an open-air market. The crowds are madding during the peak fishing season.
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