|St Lucia acts as a base to explore a surrounding countryside like
no other in the country. The wetlands, swamps, mangroves and lagoons
making up the town's environment attract many eco-tourists and natur
Extensive coservation programmes have been undertaken since a
game reserve was establish on the estaurine system fed by the
Mkuze, Nyalazi and Hluhluwe Rivers. No trip to Kwazulu-Natal's
northern coast is complete without a visit to this unforgettable
A gorgeous stretch of beach where one can swim, snorkel, fish
and sail. There are trails of varied distances through the nearby
The coast off St Lucia is world-renowned for game fishing, with
record catches of marlin, tunny and barracuda. Mission Rock is
a popular haunt for salt water fly-fishing aficionados.
Greater St Lucia Wetland Park
An enormous reserve encompassing the five different ecosystems,
that has recently been declared a World heritage Site.
Across the magnificent St Lucia lake, a paradise for hippos, crocodiles
St Lucia Craft Market
Provides an array of local crafts, beadwork, woodcarving and basketry.
From November to January, loggerhead and leatherback turtles come
ashore at night north of Cape Vidal to lay their eggs in the sand
on the beach This is a fascinating seasonal phenomenon, and guided
tours will get you up close to this miracle of nature.
Apart from being famous for water-birds, St Lucia boasts more
than 400 species of avian delights. Narina Trogons, Knysna Loeries,
longclaws and LBJ'S get twitchers twitching! Bird-safaris in the
northern lakeland of St Lucia, and guided excursions along the
trails will reveal many unusual species.
St Lucia Dunes
The Dunes lie along the coast, from just south of the town of
St Lucia all the way up to Sodwana. It is possible, with the correct
beach permit, to drive along the beach from Cape Vidal to Sodwana
Bay. And it is a worthwhile trip: on the one hand the warm blue
sea where dolphins play, on the other side the towering green-clad
dunes. As this is a nature reserve, care must be taken only to
drive between the high and low tide marks.
The sand of the dunes is mingled with heavy minerals such as
titanium, beryllium and silica. These are often found in drifts
within the sand - and some people mistakenly think that the sand
is dirty, or polluted with oil. It is, in fact, very valuable!
Zulu Traditional Arts and Crafts
Zulu beadwork is bold and beautiful. Not only is it an adornment
and decoration, but also a means of communication and identification.
Other curios worth looking out for are woodcarving and weaving.
Animals, small items of furniture, walking sticks and other curios
are skilfully carved from indigenous woods. The basket-weavers
are justly famous, and there are several craft-markets in the
vicinity where craftsmen and women can be observed practising