St Lucia 

Book your safari experience of a life time! St Lucia, Cape Vidal, Isimangaliso Wetland Park 
 & Hluhluwe/ iMfolozi. So worth the trip.

St Lucia is situated in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and is a tourist attraction hub with many exciting activities for one to get involved with. Tourist flock globally to the little town to experience the rich cultural heritage and breathtaking view of the St Lucia Estuary as well as the magnificent wildlife that graces the surrounding area. St Lucia offers our guests a multitude of restaurants like the Hippo Steakhouse Restaurant and other eateries, to a vibrant nightlife were locals and international travelers gather to share experiences, with safari drives and boat cruises along the St Lucia Estuary, the little town will sure to have to you entertained and make it a holiday to remember. 

So what is up with the hippo's everywhere?

St Lucia is built on the banks of the St Lucia Estuary, which is the natural habitat of our hippo's, from time to time they can be seen roaming the streets or in Elephant Lake Hotel's grand garden, in search of sweet grass, after all they are vegetarians. The little town has embraced these gentle giants and that why the town of St Lucia is covered with pictures of them. Though if you are lucky enough to come stay with us, you might just fine one lazing around the pool enjoying the morning sun.

"The town of St Lucia is always alive with the sound of nature and traditions coexisting harmoniously."  

St lucia lodge tree logo
"Whats with the hippo's everywhere?"

St Lucia Estuary

St Lucia Estuary is a place of beauty with many attractions and animal wildlife. The estuary is 85km long and 22km at the widest area, making one of Africa's largest estuary and an ecological wonder teeming with life. The rich fauna and flora add to the experience of the area with mesmerizing views and unique interactions with the wildlife. The St Lucia Estuary is home to 800 hippopotamuses and 1200 Nile Crocodile, not forgetting over 520 bird species, from the iconic Fish Eagle to the Kingfisher adding the ambience of the African experience. This is A bird lovers paradise and only 54km away lies the Mkuze game reserve which is known to be South Africa's best bird-watching havens. St Lucia Estuary goes up towards an area called Charters Creek, This area previously almost dry due to drought that hit the estuary for almost 2 years, it has now been rehabilitated by the Umfolozi River, causing the water levels to rise to lead into St Lucia Estuary and once again offers spectacular sightings of Flamingos and other species of birdlife.


Our very own riverboat, the Born Free, takes you on a trip of a sensory lifetime. Starting at the famous Sunset Jetty, heading into St Lucia Estuary and up to iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a total trip of 2 hours with up-close interactions with Hippopotamuses, Nile Crocodiles and Birdlife. All boat cruises are 2 hours long

Boat Cruise Times

Summer - 08:00|10:00|12:00 |14:00|16:00

Winter - 07:00|09:00|11:00|15:00

St Lucia Lodge Estuary Boat Cruise Hippo & Croc Safari