Travel Plan to St Lucia KZN
Plan your next trip to St Lucia KZN, South Africa, Guide
Welcome to St Lucia KZN, you are going to Love It.
If you love the outdoors, wildlife, beach and maybe just some time to sit back and relax, well then you have found the best place to visit. St Lucia KZN is situated in the Northern part of KwaZulu Natal. A small quaint village with an abundance of wildlife, a place where Hippos still roam freely.
Travel Plan to St Lucia KZN - Activities - Accommodation - Areas of Interest
With so much to see and do let's get you started off with some options, below are the Top Activities in St Lucia, a Full List of Accommodation Suppliers, and of course some interesting surrounding areas of interest.
Travel Plan to St Lucia KZN
St Lucia Town is small with only 1 main road, Mckenzie Street. This is where all of the shops, restaurants, and curio shops may be found. The town is synonymous not only with its Hippos that roam the streets but also with the wonderful Zulu Dancers that perform outside most of the restaurants in the evenings.
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park surrounds St Lucia and is therefore set within a world heritage site. It is advisable to try and prebook your accommodation prior to arrival, especially during the main school holidays.
Did you know that it is estimated that the St Lucia Estuary has approximately 800 Hippos and 1200 Nile Crocodiles? These animals all roam freely in and around St Lucia and are often seen at night in town in search of grazing grass. There is a high likelihood of you seeing these amazing animals walking through the streets of St Lucia.
Travel Plan to St Lucia KZN - Getting Here
Getting to St Lucia KZN is easy, driving from Durban simply follow the N2 northwards (+/- 250km) turn off at the Mtubatuba sign and continue towards St Lucia.
Take the N2 southwards and turn off at the Mtubatuba sign and continue towards St Lucia.
Travel Plan to St Lucia KZN - Families and Kids
Family travel to St Lucia, our top recommendations:
- Visit one of the numerous beaches at St Lucia, low tide is an ideal time to be on the beach. Please do take care of rip currents.
- Cape Vidal has a superb beach that is protected and is ideal for some snorkeling.
- Mission Rocks prior to Cape Vidal is rocky however walking northerly you may visit Bats Caves. (Low Tide)
- Fishing for kids is a fun activity and one that most kids will never forget, why not pack a rod and reel before heading off to St Lucia? (Fishing permit is required)
- Visit the Crocodile Center (just before the Cape Vidal Gate Entrance), and numerous species of Crocodiles may be seen.
- Bird Watching is massive in the area due to the number of species found year-round.
- Take a hike along the BoardWalk, this is a short hike with ample opportunity to see Hippos, Crocodiles, and birds.
- Maybe have a look at buying a Rhino Card from Ezemvello KZN Wildlife, this will offer you a discount at many of the parks in the area.
- Bring the bicycles along the kids will love it.
Travel Plan to St Lucia KZN - Self Drives - Cape Vidal - Eastern Shores
Exploring St Lucia is easy, with one road in and 3 alternative routes to explore.
Following Mckenzie Street (Southwards) you will find the St Lucia Ski Boat Club, open to the public and a wonderful place to enjoy some meals while in the area. This is also where you can enjoy the boardwalk towards the beach while passing the new Sugarloaf Curio Market.
From Mckenzie Street, in an Easterly direction you will find an option of 3 beaches to enjoy. In a northerly direction, you will be on your way towards Cape Vidal.
From St Lucia one can easily walk to the main beach which is approximately 3km, however, do take water along during the summer months.
From St Lucia to Cape Vidal one may enjoy countless loops, hides, and wildlife along the way. This may be enjoyed as either a half-day or full-day outing. Don't forget to pack a picnic or enjoy a braai at Cape Vidal.
Travel Plan to St Lucia KZN - Self Drives - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park
Love the bush? why not spend the day visiting the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park? Home to the African Big 5, this 96000-hectare reserve is Zululands greatest gem.