St Lucia

Home of the largest estuary system in Africa and gateway to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

St Lucia is one of the wildest towns in South Africa. On the border of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the town is often visited by wildlife such as warthogs, leopards and even hippos. St Lucia is also the perfect base town from which visitors can explore both the Eastern and Western Shores sections of of the park, as well as Lake St Lucia itself. The wide sandy beaches, tall sand dunes and coastal forests that surround the town, also make St Lucia one of the best places for adventurers to explore.

Adventure guides for St Lucia

Check out these detailed adventure guides based on our personal experiences in St Lucia and the surrounding areas.

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Whale Watching Tours

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Map of St Lucia

  • Lake St Lucia Estuary tours
  • Snorkel Cape Vidal
  • Mission Rocks
  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Turtle Tours
  • Whale Watching Tours
  • Game Drives
  • Estuary Boardwalk
  • Unspoiled Beaches
  • Horse Riding Safaris
  • Self-Dive Game Viewing


St Lucia is one of those places that is blessed with great weather all year round. Winter (Jun-August) is mild and usually very sunny (with the occasional cold front from the south) while summer (December-February) is hot and humid. No matter the weather, there is always something you can do in St Lucia.

August – September is a particularly busy time in St Lucia for international tourists, while many local visitors go to St Lucia in the summer holidays (November – December and the winter holidays (July).

I’m not a doctor nor an expert on malaria, but in all my years living in South Africa, I’ve never heard of a case of malaria in St Lucia. Perhaps there have been one or two, but at worst the chances of contracting malaria in St Lucia are extremely rare. Seek medical advise if you’re not sure, and consider this a personal opinion.

Almost impossible to say. I know of some people who went for a week and stayed for a lifetime. Assuming however, you’re not looking to relocate (which may end up being the case once you’ve seen the place), then I’d say as much as 20% of your time in KwaZulu-Natal could be dedicated to visiting St Lucia. Here’s an itinerary that might be of

There are 2 parts to the turtle season: nesting and hatching. Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles come ashore at night from November into late summer to lay their eggs in the sand. Seventy days later, from early January until March, the eggs hatch and the hatchlings make their way to the sea.

Humpback whales migrate from their feeding grounds around Antarctica to breed along the South African coastline from mid-May to December. This is the best time to see them as they make their way up to Madagascar where the pregnant females will eventually give birth.

The best beach to swim at near St Lucia is at Cape Vidal. There are lifeguards on the beach and the coast is sandy. If you plan on swimming, make sure there are lifeguards on duty and do not venture out further than you can stand. This stretch of coast is notorious for strong rip currents so it’s best to be safe. There is absolutely no swimming in Lake St Lucia.

© Stray Along The Way

© Stray Along The Way

© Stray Along The Way

© Stray Along The Way

© Stray Along The Way

© Stray Along The Way

© Stray Along The Way

© Stray Along The Way

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