St Lucia South Africa Overview

South Africa's First World Heritage Site, herewith an introduction and overview to this unique and incredible area.

Formerly a small fishing village, St Lucia astonishes and mesmerizes visitors from across the globe. Pristine beaches, magnificent wildlife, and a slower pace makes this tourist destination a must-do while in KwaZulu Natal.

There can truly be no other place like this in such a small proximity and have the ability to witness and enjoy so much.

This is the Ideal Bush and Beach Destination.

Where is St Lucia situated in South Africa

How to get to St Lucia

From Durban take the N2 (National Road-Toll Road) travel northbound for 3 hours.

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St Lucia

Small and quaint this town has a lot to offer. Virtually surrounded by water.

Some Quick Information

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  • Warm tropical weather year-round
  • Hot & Humid conditions in Summer
  • The Indian Ocean to the East
  • The St Lucia Estuary to the West
  • 800 Resident Hippos
  • 1200 Nile Crocodiles
  • An abundance of Bird Species
  • Situated within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Surrounded by water and dense bush you quickly realize this is no ordinary town, with Hippos grunting in the background and the beat of  Zulu drums in town you have finally arrived. The town is small and with only 1 main road (Mckenzie Street) its easy to navigate, all shops and restaurants are to be found here.

One street back and you find yourself in the residential area, littered with bed and breakfasts, lodges, and hotels. With a permanent residence of approximately 1000 residents and 800 Hippos, 1200 Nile Crocodiles this truly is a place where everyone gets along. Beyond the residential area you will encounter a green belt with thick bush, beyond this lies the Indian Ocean.


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Arriving in St Lucia for the first time, one quickly realizes this is not just any normal village. Being greeted by the grunts of Hippos as you cross the St Lucia Estuary is for one quite unique. You have arrived in a village or town that is surrounded by an abundance of wildlife. Vervet monkey troops wondering the streets in search of a quick treat. The occasional Hippo holding up traffic and this during daylight hours, or the lapping of palm trees. Yes, this is a place like no other.

A slower pace and for a good reason, this is, after all, a holiday destination. Orientation is easy to the West the Estuary, to the East the Indian Ocean to the North the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and to the South the Estuary.

All shops, restaurants, and curio markets are to be found on the main road. A quick visit to the local fruit market will ensure some tasty tropical treats. Get set for an incredible stay.

Arriving in St Lucia KZN

What Makes St Lucia so Appealing?

Easy Access

Natural Beauty & Surroundings

Incredible Wildlife in and around St Lucia

Numerous Accommodation Options

World Heritage Status

Smorgasboard of Activities

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Mission Rocks, en-route to Cape Vidal (Eastern Shores, iSimangaliso Wetland Park)

St Lucia Tourist Attractions

Just some of the incredible wildlife that may be encountered while in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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Catalina Bay Look Out a true favorite, iSimangaliso Wetland Park

St Lucia South Africa Overview


Winter: May to September (cooler temperate conditions)

Winter months are dryer however the area remains green and lush year-round. 

Summer: October to April (hot & humid conditions)

Summer months are wetter with early morning and late afternoon showers. 

St Lucia South Africa Overview

Please Note

St Lucia is within a reserve please adhere to the speed limits.

The likelihood of seeing Hippos roaming the streets is high please keep your distance and do not get out of your vehicle.

Numerous other wildlife species do roam the area including the occasional Leopard. Stay vigilent.

There are numerous areas to enjoy walks from these include the Igwalagwala Hiking trail, Iphiva Trail, and the Boardwalk.

This is not a Malaria Area 

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St Lucia, Mckenzie Street (Main Road)

Where to Eat

The town has numerous restaurants to enjoy for the complete list Please > CLICK HERE <

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Brazza Portuguese & Mozambican  035 590 1241

Things to do in St Lucia

You would be utterly amazed by the number of things that you could do while in St Lucia, herewith a shortened version.

For the Full List

Hippo & Croc Boat Trips

Natural Beauty & Amazing self-guided Walking Trails

Magnificent amount of Bird Species ideal for Bird Lovers

Explore either the Eastern Shores or Western Shores of iSimangaliso Wetland Park (Guided or Self-Drive)

Enjoy the warm tropical weather year-round not to mention the amazing and pristine Beaches

Sunrise, Sunset or Night Drive Safaris

Zulu Cultural Shows, Beed Making 

Rock and Surf fishing as well as Deep Sea Charters

Biking in and around St Lucia (Organised Tours) or Rent a Bike

Turtle Tours witness both Leatherback and Loggerhead Turtles (Seasonal Nov-Jan)

Whale Watching, Humpback Whales, (Seasonal Jun-Nov)

Watch Hippos strolling through the streets at night

Venture into the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Emergency Contact No:

Doctor: 035 590 1095

Alpha Pharmacy: 035 590 1612

iSimangaliso Wetland Park: 035 590 1633

Ezemvelo KZN WILDLIFE: 033 845 1000


Where is iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Situated in the northern side of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. One has the option of accessing various parts of the park from varying gates. The park is massive in size and stretches over an area of 3280 square kilometers.

For the purpose of this article, we will be discussing the southern section of the park.



Navigating this massive Park from St Lucia

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  • Taking the N2 northbound from Durban, turn left at Mtubatuba
  • Continue for another 28km towards St Lucia, keep an eye out for the Western Shores Gate (Dukuduku Gate)
  • From St Lucia travel in a Northerly direction approximately 3 km towards the Eastern Shores Gate (Cape Vidal Gate)


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Top Attraction is the Hippo Boat Cruises at R300 pp