We recently had the opportunity to spend a weekend in the scenic and relaxing St. Lucia.
St. Lucia is a little town in the northern parts of KwaZulu Natal, and acts as a hub for the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Driving through the whole town will take you no more than 10 or 15 minutes, and what you’ll notice is that most of the properties have converted to BnB’s or some other type of accommodation. There’s almost always a tour group or two, but that doesn’t mean it’s always crowded.
There are a few restaurants around town, but we found that for the most part they were expensive, and not for any particular reason other than that they can be. The Ocean Basket in town is one of the most reasonably priced restaurants and makes quite delicious food. If you’re going to be staying for anything more than a few days, you might want to consider at least some self catering.
Of course going to St. Lucia is about the adventure and the raw nature that abounds. Visiting the wetland park is an absolute must. You can self drive through it quite comfortably and enjoy all the wildlife the park has to offer. We were lucky enough to spot some wildebeest, zebra, warthogs, duiker, kudu, impala, buffalo, and, right near the end of our excursion we were lucky enough to find some rhinos!
We can also recommend doing a river excursion with one of the local tour companies which will allow you to have a close look at the local pods of hippo and Nile crocodiles.
While we weren’t lucky enough to experience it, we were warned on numerous occasions to watch out for hippo’s roaming the town at night.
During the day you can also enjoy a hike along some of the trails just outside the town, or even the boardwalk to the beach. While we didn’t see any wildlife, we did find a number of different butterflies, and tried to get them to land on us by pretending to be trees.
St. Lucia is a lovely place for a weekend getaway, and we will most certainly visit again.