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 nature lovers.
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 place.
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A gorgeous stretch of beach where one can swim, snorkel, fish and sail. There are trails of varied distances through the nearby reserve.
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 and waterbirds.
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 their crafts.
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