SugarLoaf Campsite St Lucia
The most popular Campsite, Caravan Park in St Lucia, Sugarloaf Campsite
What makes the Sugarloaf Campsite St Lucia so unique? Location without a doubt. Situated just outside of the residential area towards the St Lucia Estuary and Beach. Still within walking distance to town for the more willing avid adventurer. The campsite is nestled and surrounded by dense bush ideal for wildlife that roam this very area.
Don't be alarmed to witness or hear Hippos grazing, Bush Babies cries, and smaller Duiker. The odd Leopard has been spotted so make sure to keep an eye out for these amazing creatures.
Apart from the wildlife rest easy while listening to the Hippos grunting in the estuary and the waves crashing on the nearby beach.
Prior to arrival at the SugarLoaf Campsite please note that one has to stop at the KZN Ezemvelo offices.
The campsite / caravan park offers a variety of sites ranging from sunny to fully shaded campsites. The majority of the camp area is grassed. The entire area is well protected from the prevailing winds thanks to the indigenous sub-tropical bush.
The SugarLoaf Campsite is a safe and pleasant camping area for the entire family.
All of the campsites within SugarLoaf offer adequate space for Caravans as well as Tents.
Nearby Amenities & Contact numbers to Sugarloaf Campsite:
- Spar is approximately 2km from the campsite
- St Lucia Ski Boat Club is approximately 200 meters from the campsite
- St Lucia fresh fruit market is approximately 1,5km from the campsite
- The chemist is approximately 1,5km away at the Wimpy center (Alpha Pharmacy 035 590 1612)
- Engen Garage is approximately 1,6km away from the campsite
- Lee's Laundromat (083 300 9604)
- Doctor, general practitioner 035 590 1095
Getting to the Beach
The beach may be reached from the entrance to the campsite walk along the road towards the estuary and then follow the boardwalk. It's a short and beautiful walk towards the beach. The beach sand may be quite warm during the summer months so it is advisable to take some slops along. Please note that there are no lifeguards so swimming is at one's own risk. The Indian ocean offers warm water year-round and is also one of the top fishing destinations in KwaZulu Natal. It would be a good idea to take some light tackle along if possible.
Sugar Loaf and the St Lucia Estuary
The campsite is within close proximity and therefore offers some magnificent sunsets, Hippos grunting during the evening and of course the bounty of Nile Crocodiles and Birdlife. Certain caution must however be followed when visiting and exploring the Estuary. Please do not swim in the estuary, Crocodiles, Hippos and even some species of sharks may be found within the Estuary. Fishing is allowed however a permit is needed. Please stay vigilant at all times.
St Lucia Ski Boat Club
All campers are more than welcome to enjoy the St Lucia Ski Boat Club. Scrumptious meals are on offer daily as well as breakfast. The club also offers a small plunge pool and a lovely lookout deck to enjoy both the estuary and ocean from.
Should you be camping and would like to launch your vessel please note that there is a surcharge and tickets may be purchased from the club. The club offers a tractor that assists all vessels going to sea.
- Campsites may accommodate 6 people
- Modern Ablutions
- Hot & Cold Water
- Laundry Facilities
- Electric Plug points
- Swimming Pool (freshwater)
BoardWalk & Estuary
The Sugarloaf Campsite borders the Boardwalk as well as the St Lucia Estuary. One may easily access these on foot from the campsite. From the entrance one ay also enjoy the St Lucia Ski Boat Club for some scrumptious meals and of course spectacular views of both the Estuary and Ocean. Please note that the Hippos do wonder at night and care must be taken.
Best Times to visit and Camp at Sugarloaf Campsite
May June and July has to be the best time of the year to visit and camp in St Lucia. The intense heat of January and February has subsided. With the subtropical weather May, June and July means virtually no wind, almost no mosquitos, and truly the perfect weather days imaginable.
The above dates also coincide with the quietest months in the area ironically. The campsite will undoubtedly be quieter thus offering you a better experience. This is definitely the best time to get out and about without the hustle and bustle.
Like it when it's busy well then the December school holidays is a must. The sugarloaf campsite will without a doubt be booked to capacity. Boats, bicycles, and every type of camping trailer and caravan will be on display. It's a jovial and social time especially if you are camping with family and friends.
Please note that this campsite does get booked way in advance so if it's possible please do so early.
During the Summer months, it is advisable to take mosquito nets along due to the location (next to the estuary).
Travel Times & Distances to the Campsite
- Distance from Durban via the N2 237.9km travel time 2Hr 39 min
- Distance from Richards Bay via the N2 77.3km travel time 1Hr 9 min
- Distance from Pongola via the N2 179.7km travel time 2Hr 6 min
Things to do in St Lucia & Surrounds
- Hiking trails ( Iphiva Hiking trail, Igwalagwala Hiking trail)
- Visit and explore the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (Cape Vidal)
- Deep-Sea Fishing
- Enjoy the panoramic views from the Beach and maybe hike to First Rocks
- Explore the town at night and you will definitely see some wildlife (Hippos)
- Cycling is a fun way to enjoy the area
- Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise
- Visit the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park
- Visit the Sugar Loaf Curio Market
Top Free Attractions to Enjoy while at Sugar Loaf Caravan Park
The caravan park is central and therefore makes exploring St Lucia easy.
Hiking & Birding Trails
Should you enjoy hiking and birding then why not venture into the Igwalagwala Hiking Trail.
This trail is no more than 900 meters from the Caravan Park. From the entrance turn right and continue past the Eden Park Caravan Park. You will see a sign on the left-hand side indicating the start of the trail. The hiking trail meanders through the dense like bush and then past the estuary. This trail is best enjoyed early morning and late afternoon, please do keep an eye out for Hippos.
Fishing Rock & Surf
St Lucia has for years been a top destination for fishing, why not enjoy some fishing from either the Estuary or Beach. Light tackle makes for some incredible fun. Please do note that a fishing permit is required and may be purchased from the St Lucia Post Office.
Surf fishing species include the likes of Grunter, Shad, Ignoblis, Leervis and the list goes on and on.
St Lucia has numerous markets, one being virtually next to the SugarLoaf Campsite, this market sells various touristy arts and crafts. The main road has a larger market which offers some amazing fresh tropical fruit as well as crafts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Nearby attractions include
- The St Lucia Boardwalk (200 meters)
- The beach (500 meters)
- The St Lucia Estuary (200 meters)
- Igwalagwala Hiking Trail (800 meters)
The St Lucia Ski Boat Club Restaurant is the closest and is virtually across the road from the Sugarloaf Campsite. Visitors are more than welcome to enjoy a meal and enjoy the awesome views.
- iSimangaliso Wetland Park (S.A. first world heritage site)
- Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park KwaZulu Natals largest Big 5 Game Reserve
Eden Park Campsite St Lucia
St Lucia's second campsite, Eden Park Campsite. Smaller in size with only 20 campsites. Please note that Eden Park Campsite is only open in high season. The campsite is open to caravans and tents. There is a modern ablution with hot & cold water as well as flushing toilets, laundry facilities, and dishwashing area.
For Bookings Please Call +27 35 5901340
Some top Camping Tips:
- Take extra black bags along for waste
- Plan meals in advance
- Don't forget fire lighters
- Charcoal is quicker and easier
- Washing line pegs have so many uses
- Zip lock bags is a must
- Please keep all tents and caravans zipped up & closed due to Vervet monkeys
- Don't forget the mosquito repellant
- Did you know that a slice of tomato may also work for mosquitos
- Have fun and enjoy this super campsite
Cape Vidal Campsite
Not convinced, maybe experience Cape Vidals Campsite, situated within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This campsite is pure bliss and offers pristine beaches and wildlife.
Maphelane Campsite & Log Cabins
Yet another magnificent campsite and Log Cabin option in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
St Lucia falls within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and is therefore a world heritage site the first in South Africa. It's a small quaint village that has so much to offer should you be an avid wildlife lover. Hippos roam freely and with the largest population in South Africa, you are in for a treat.
Numerous restaurants litter the main street as well as a magnificent fresh fruit market with all of the tropical fruit one could expect. Camping at sugarloaf will undoubtedly give one that true feel of an African campsite with Hippos grunting in the distance in the evening. Enjoy some smaller wildlife such as bushbabies and vervet monkeys as they go about their day.
While in St Lucia why not visit the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park KwaZulu Natal's largest Big 5 reserve.
Should you require any additional information please do not hesitate in dropping us an email.