Bed and Breakfast in Zululand, South Africa
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Our Splendid World Heritage Site

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Lake St. Lucia north to the Mozambican border is host to 460 species of birds, especially in the summer months (October to March).

The lake is 80 kilometres long and 23 kms at its widest point and is one of the largest international estuaries, with five separate ecosystems.

It is home to more than 800 hippopotami, 1,200 Nile crocodiles and over one hundred fish eagles. Check out 'The Ten Jewels' of iSimangaliso here.

Guided boat tours provide wonderful sightings of these and the prolific bird life. The margins of the lake are studded with mangroves in which mud skippers, fiddler crabs and mangrove whelks can be seen.

The cultural and ecological treasures of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park broadly cover northern Maputaland east of the N2 highway between St. Lucia town in the south and Kosi Bay in the north on the Mozambican border.

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    Lake St. Lucia is home to the largest breeding population of crocodiles in South Africa and at the Crocodile Centre you will learn many aspects of the life of this ancient reptile.

    The Crocodile Center is one of only four permit holders that are allowed to keep the impressive Gaboon Adder in captivity. The greater St. Lucia Wetland Park has more than 109 species of reptile.

    There is also a curio shop and a cycad garden in which many of these plants, which have remained unchanged for 200 million years may be seen.

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    Leatherback

    A giant sea turtle that can weigh over 800 kgs. Females will lay approximately 1,000 eggs in a season. This is done by laying a batch of 120 eggs every 9 to 15 days. They return to the coast every 1 to 5 years.

    Loggerhead

    This is a smaller Sea Turtle weighing up to 138 kg. Females emerge at night in late Spring to lay about 500 eggs in batches of 100 at 15 day intervals. Most return to nest after 2 to 3 years.

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    May to November. Whale sightings are guaranteed.

    The whales pass St. Lucia on a migration route between the Antarctic and Northern Mozambique and Madagascar, where they breed.

    The majority of sightings are of Humpbacks, which tend to be more spectacular than the Southern Rights. South Africa is the fifth largest whale watching country in the world.

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    A premier destination because of the unspoilt coral reefs. There is a large variety of fish including the coelacanth, blue marlin, whales, dolphins, sharks. It is also popular because of the variety of depths and dive sites that are available to divers. The entire area measures some 50kms and is a protected area up to 3 nautical miles out to sea.

    There are plenty of trails through the unspoilt dune forest where one can encounter small game and vervet and samango monkeys.

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    St. Lucia has long, pristine golden beaches, lapped by the warm waters of the Agulhas current, moving slowly south from Mozambique.

    Between the beaches and Lake St. Lucia are some of the world's highest vegetated dunes as well as swamp and sand forest plus some of the oldest peat lands in the world, some over 45,000 years old!

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    There are many unique trails lasting from a half an hour to three hours in and around the village of St. Lucia. One of these trails winds through dune forest ending overlooking the ocean, birdlife and antelope are plentiful on these walks.

    Another interesting walk starts at Mission Rocks Beach, walking northworth on the beach, along uninhabited coastline for about an hour before one get to a cave with fruit bats. It is recommended that this walk be undertaken during low tide.

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    For those who have never ridden before and even for "old hands" there is little more romantic than a ride along the beautiful white sand beside rolling waves.

    On lucky days dolphins ride the waves along side as you head up the beach. In Summer one can see the tracks of turtles who came in the previous night to nest and July to November migrating whales pass on their way to Madagascar.

    Kayak Safaris in St. Lucia

      Bed and Breakfast in Zululand, South Africa   In the tranquility of our World Heritage Site get up close to, and become part of, the real Africa. You'll experience the adventure of a lifetime as you move amongst the hippos, crocodiles and birdlife.

    No crowds, no noise, no pollution- just you, your senses and nature.

  • Emoyeni Trail

    The Emoyeni Trail is designed to show off some of the most beautiful parts of the park. Experiences on this trail are both varied and unique.

    The trail has been developed as a four night, five day excursion - a trail for the serious backpacker. It begins and ends at the Mission Rocks office and its total length is approximately 65 km. Each of the four nights is spent at a different camp.

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    Wilderness Trails

    To the north of Cape Vidal is an area of approximately 15 000 ha, known as the Tewate Wilderness area. Here no permanent structures or roads are permitted. Wilderness trails are conducted in this area between April and October.

    The area in which the trails are conducted is particularly scenic and ecologically unique, ranging from wetland to dune forest. Birdlife is plentiful and thee is always the possibility of seeing black rhino as well as all the other species already listed.



Other Information About St. Lucia


    1. 280 kms. of coastline and beaches
    2. 100 species of coral
    3. 526 bird species
    4. 5 species of turtles
    5. All 5 of the Big Five
    6. 36 species of snakes
    7. 8 inter-linking ecosystems
    8. The highest density of black rhino in any place on the globe

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    1. The major swamp forests left in South Africa
    2. 3 major lake systems including Kosi Bay, Lake St. Lucia and Lake Sibayi
    3. 8 major game reserves in the broader Maputaland
    4. 105 years of conservation (the St. Lucia Park was declared a game reserve 3 years after the Yellowstone National Park and is Africa's oldest protected area)
    5. 105 red data species
    6. The highest number of frog species in southern Africa (35 of which 2 are endemic)

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    • 80 species of dragon flies
    • 110 species of butterflies
    • 2000 species of flowering plants
    • All 5 of South Africa's surviving mangrove tree species
    • 25 000 year old coastal dunes, among the highest in the world
    • 700-year-old fish traps, commented on for the natural and cultural beauty by early Portuguese explorers
    • 5 natural groups: Zulu, Swazi, Shangaan, Tonga and relic group of Gonda speakers

    1. ZERO other places in the world where the world's largest terrestrial mammals (elephants) range within kilometers of where the world's largest marine mammals (whales) swim.

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Attractions Nearby

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Kosi Bay is largely untouched and relished by nature lovers and anglers. It has one of the largest reserves of swamp forest, grassland and dune forest in South Africa.

Ozabeni provides a unique experience for those wishing to visit more remote areas of the Park. There is unspoilt wetlands and grassland.

Ndumo Game Reserve is the bird watching capital of South Africa with many African birds reaching their southern limits here. There are more than 200 species of trees and numerous hippos and crocs.

Lake Sibaya is the largest freshwater lake in South Africa with abundant hippo and crocodile populations.

Mkuze Game Reserve is a 40,000 ha bird watchers' paradise. There is accommodation and a variety of hikes and night drives.

Rocktail Bay must have the most secluded stretch of beach in South Africa!

Sodwana Bay has some of the best coral reef in the world and hence superb SCUBA and snorkel diving. There are many trails to occupy visitors who do not want to take advantage of the great fishing. Coelacanth also live in the deep canyons offshore.

Fani's Island is on the western shores of the lake and provides trails and mountain biking through the local bush.

Charters Creek is a favourite venue for water bird watching and anglers.

False Bay Park has many beautiful picnic spots along the lake shore.

Mission Rocks' rock pools provide many hours of exploration at low tide. There is also a lookout point here with lovely views of the lake.

Pongolapoort Biosphere Reserve is a large tract of wilderness at the foot of the Lebombo Mountains. There are many game species, excellent tiger fishing in the lake and night game drives.

Maphelana boasts safe swimming at low tide, excellent fishing opportunities and delightful walks through the coastal bush.

Lake St. Lucia - Facts & Figures

The cultural and ecological treasures of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park broadly cover northern Maputaland east of the N2 highway between St. Lucia town in the south and Kosi Bay in the north on the Mozambican border.