St Lucia Estuary

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venue St Lucia Game Reserve
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
St Lucia North Coast
time Reception office open daily from 08:00- 16:30.
cost Please call for details
age All ages

St Lucia Estuary - Family holiday destination in Kwazulu Natal

This area is the gateway to the Eastern Shores section of the Park. For bird watchers, there are numerous waterfowl, grassland, forest and sea birds. Animals include bushbuck, bushpig, warthog, crocodiles, hippo and red duiker.

Beaches in the area are not protected by shard nets, nor have lifeguards on duty. Please be sensible and exercise caution when bathing in the surf, as it is an exposed coastline which has dangerous currents. There is one self-guided trail in the area, the Gwalagwala Trail.

Family Accommodation

- Eden Park: 20 campsites (plug points)
- Sugar Loaf: 92 campsites (plug points)
- Boat / Caravan Storage facilities available

Facilities & activities

Croc Centre (school excursions welcome):

Consists of an informative display on the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and includes various pens containing crocodiles of varying sizes, a tea garden and curio shop. Learn about the importance of crocodiles in our ecosystem and watch the crocodiles being fed on Saturdays at 15:00 and Sundays at 11:30. The Centre is home to the Nile, long-snouted and dwarf crocodiles.

St Lucia Boat Tour & Charter:

The Santa Lucia is an 80-seater launch with a viewing deck and a bar. This guided tour provides sightings of hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birdlife and beautiful scenery. Each tour lasts for about two hours and advanced booking is essential.

Deep Sea Fishing:

St Lucia has a ski-boat club which controls all sea launches. Deep sea fishing charters can be arranged through the privately operated St Lucia Ski-boat Club.

Gwalagwala Hiking Trail:

This short trail wanders through coastal forest on the edge of the estuary; one is able to see or hear many birds and small animals.

Fishing Regulations:

The bag limits are as prescribed by the Marine Living Resources Act and information brochures are available from EKZNW offices. The following species form part of the overall bag limit; grunter, perch, kob and shad. All shad caught between 1 September and 30 November must be returned live to the water. In addition to the above, no cast-netting is allowed in the estuary. The only permissible method of fishing is with rod and line. The artificial lures are not allowed. Spinning is permitted in the sea 90m beyond the estuary mouth but not in the estuary itself.

Swimming Pool:

A swimming pool reserved for use by residents has been provided at Sugarloaf camp, however Eden Park residents have full use of this facility.
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