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Map of The Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park

ST. LUCIA


The Village of St. Lucia is tucked in between the Indian Ocean and the St. Lucia Estuary. As the only private town in the world, St. Lucia is completely surrounded by a natural World Heritage Site - The Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park.

The Village has all facilities to make it's visitors feel free and comfortable. There are two well stocked supermarkeds, two filling stations, post office, hardware store, hairdresser, fishing tackle shops, more than a dozen restaurants, a very popular fruit, vegetable and craft marked and many other shops.

Even though the village can cater for up to 7,000 visitors, booking is highly recommended. In the peak seasons around Christmas and Easter booking is essential.

THE GREATER ST. LUCIA
WETLAND PARK

The Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park has been listed by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance as having international conservation value. On 16 December 1999 The Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park was awarded World Heritage Site Status.

The vegetation is extremely diverse, because the area straddles both subtropical and tropical climatic zones. Five ecosystems coexist, each distinct but interconnected: The Marine Ecosystem, with its coral reefs and beaches; Mfabeni, Forested dunes separating the land from the sea; Mkuze Swamps, formed by sediments washing down; The Lake, with its bird-rich islands; and the Western Shores, with their sand forests and fossils of ancient marine life.

Giraffe The Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park covers an expanse of some 260,000 hectares. The profuse wildlife found here includes an abundance of Nile crocodiles as well as hippos, giraffes and numerous antelope species. There are thousands of water birds, like pelican, stork, heron and flamingo. A number of hiking trails traverse the area.

St. Lucia Estuary:
St. Lucia is the gateway to the eastern shores of Lake St. Lucia which has some of the highest vegetated dunes in the world, as well as extensive wetland and grassland. Large stands of ncema grass, used by Zulu people to weave their sleeping and sitting mats, are found here. The grasslands support the worlds largest concentration of common reedbuck. St. Lucia Estuary provides access to Cape Vidal and the Mziki trail and is a good starting point for the Umfolozi, Hluhluwe and Mkuze Game reserves.

St .Lucia Game Reserve:
St. Lucia Game Reserve, the oldest of all the reserve areas in the Wetland Park, was establish in 1895 and consists of the large lake, it's islands and the coastal area of Mapelane. Nile crocodile at the shore of St. Lucia Estuary St. Lucia Lake is connected to the sea by a narrow channel that is rich in hippo, crocodile, goliath heron and numerous fish hunting birds. Four rivers feed the lake, maintaining the delicate balance against the inflow of sea water and evaporation. The Nile crocodile is playing an important part as a consumer in maintaining the ecological balance. Crocodiles used to be found as far as Plettenberg Bay; now only as far as the Tugela river. This ancient reptile is probably better looked after in Kwazulu-Natal than anywhere else in the world.

St. Lucia Marine Reserve:
The St. Lucia Marine reserve stretches from 1 km south of Cape Vidal to a point 11 km north of Sodwana Bay and 3 km out to sea. Coral cowries and colorful tropical fish is some of the wonders to be found in the Marine reserve. North of this point is the Maputo Maine reserve, an underwater wonderland containing some of the southernmost coral reefs in the world. The reserve is also breeding ground for many of the fish found on the Southern African coast, and the natural habitat of the turtles, two of which breeds on the beaches.

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Morning Walks
Beach Shuttle
Sunsets at the Estuary
Beach Fires
Mud Baths
Free Meal on Wednesdays
Zulu Dance on Saturdays
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Hippo & Croc Tours
Game Reserve Safaris
Night Drive Safaris
Whale Watching*
Turtle Tours*
Bird Watching
Hiking
Kayaking
Horse Ride Safaris
Snorkelling at Cape Vidal
Deep-Sea Fishing
Off-Road Self Drive
Crocodile Centre
Cultural Tours
Ncema Festival*
Shembe Festival*

Kruger Park Safaris
Mozambican Tours

*Seasonal Tours/Activities
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