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ST. LUCIA

SAACI 2014 St Lucia
The St Lucia Wetlands or as they are now known the iSimangaliso Wetland Park is South Africa’s first world heritage site. Situated in the heart of Zululand Natal  and only 2,5 hours North of Durban, the area stretches from St Lucia in the South to the border of Mozambique.

With so much to see and do within the area many visitors use St. Lucia as a base. St Lucia Wetlands is an incredible destination with unspoilt beaches stretching as far as the eye can see to the second highest vegetated sand dunes in the world. Its diverse and pristine wildlife in the area roam freely within unhindered spaces. Mkuze Game Reserve also forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and offers incredible birding as well as the Big 5 within its fences. St Lucia Wetlands  is part of the largest Estuarine system in Africa approx. 85km from North to South and 8 km from bank to bank. It is resident to 800 Hippos and 1200 Nile Crocodiles, Mangroves, Swamps and pans. It’s a birders haven with migratory species year round.

St Lucia offers a wide variety of accommodation, amenities and tours.

One of most popular tours is the Hippo and Croc Boat Cruise along the Estuary.

This 2 hour tour offers you close up sightings of hippos, crocodiles and an abundance of bird life. This cruise is available to all fully paid up delegates on Sunday 17 August at various times throughout the day. Be sure to book your time slot once registration opens.

Map compliments of Seasands Lodge (A SAACI Member)


St Lucia is surrounded by a green belt and is sometimes reffered to as an island. With only one entrance and exit to the village, Hippo’s do still roam the streets at night so please do take care.

Mckenzie Street is the main street once you have entered the town. The main street has all of the amenities and include a Spar convenience store, Restaurants, Booking offices, Laundromats, Curio Shops and more.

On entering the town one will find a circle, turning right takes one into town, turning left takes one towards the iSimangaliso Wetland Park gate and traveling straight will take one towards the Indian Ocean.