Tourist Information and Top Things to Do while in St Lucia South Africa

St Lucia was proclaimed as a world heritage site in 1999 by Unesco, St Lucia is South Africa's very first world heritage site and for good reason. The abundance of wildlife and natural beauty is incredible. To this very day, Hippo's can still be witnessed wandering down the streets at night in search of grass.

Hippos are predominantly known as the most aggressive and contribute to the most deaths in Africa however in this very small town they seem to have become accustomed to being photographed and watched by numerous visitors on a daily basis.

St Lucia is situated on the North East of Zululand a mere 2,5hrs from Durban the capital of KwaZulu Natal. The area offers a tropical warm climate year-round not to mention the warm Indian Ocean that one can enjoy year-round.

The abundance of wildlife does not stop at Bush Baby cries at night, Red Duiker foraging nor the odd Leopard witnessed all the while in the town, no theirs more Humpback Whales migrate off the shores during the winter months.

Leatherback and Loggerhead Turtles lay their eggs on the beaches during the summer months and Whale Sharks pass during summer as well. The marine life is incredible almost untouched, the beaches pristine and just keep going on as far as the eye can see.

The area known as iSimangaliso Wetland Park is the authority on the reserve, the area is enormous and stretches from St Lucia to the border of Mozambique in the North. 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.

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St Lucia Tourist Information

  • St Lucia Town size: 2.69 square Kilometers
  • Average Population: 500 permanent residents
  • Average Temperature: 21 degrees
  • Summer Months: September - March
  • Main Road: Mckenzie Street
  • Surrounded by Water: St Lucia Estuary & Indian Ocean
  • St Lucia is situated within iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • St Lucia is, therefore, a World Heritage Site


  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park proclaimed in 1999
  • 800 Hippos roam freely within the area
  • 1200 Nile Crocodiles
  • 526 Recorded Birded Species
  • Approximately 5000 White Pelicans breed here, winter
  • 2,5 hr Drive time from Durban
  • 27 km from St Lucia to Cape Vidal
  • King Shaka International is the closest Airport (International)


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st lucia hippos

St Lucia Kzn has the largest free-roaming Hippo population in South Africa, with an estimated 800 Hippos you are sure to witness them both by day and night.

st lucia south africa ,safarisHeritage Tours & Safaris offers a multitude of both Day and Overnight Tours & Safaris. Centrally situated within the town the company offers a Tourist Information Centre and will gladly assist you with any queries that you may have.



St Lucia Tourist Information & Links

Herewith a complete list of all St Lucia Activities with all of the needed information. Simply click on the link for related information, rates, and booking procedures.

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Top Attraction is the Hippo Boat Cruises at R300 pp