Lake St Lucia
At about 350 square kilometres in area, Lake St Lucia is the largest estuarine system in Southern Africa, and is situated within the World Heritage Site of iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This lake is an idyllic retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, and promises tranquillity that is coupled with plenty to do and see.
This lake is known for being the home of both crocodiles and hippopotamuses. Embarking on an estuary cruise with a qualified guide will reveal these powerful animals, along with many bird species, and even amphibians. These are exciting finds, and guarantee impressive photographs and lasting memories.
The area of this lake is rich in bird life, and attracts avid bird-watchers from abroad to indulge in their favourite hobby as they keep an eye out for some of the hundreds of species here.
There are a number of trails around the lake, including wilderness walks and even horse riding trails. Exploring these trails gives you the prospect of experiencing the landscape from a new perspective and a comfortable pace. Breathe in the fresh air, feel the sunshine and cool breeze, and touch the flora around you on these trails to get an authentic taste of Africa.
The St Lucia Lake is also ideal for kayaking. In this way, visitors are able to maintain their hobby, while enjoying new sights and sounds. Of course, because it is home to dangerous animals, kayakers are warned to exercise caution and only go when visibility is good. During your time on the water, try your hand at fishing for the ultimate in relaxation and reward. The conditions here are ideal for pros and novices alike, and there are a number of fishing-related sports shops in the area to assist fishermen. You can choose to head out onto the lake’s waters on your own, or can opt to organise a guided fishing charter.
The area of Lake St Lucia and its surrounds remains one of great cultural import, and there are a number of Zulu arts, crafts and even villages in the vicinity. These are a delight to visit as they reveal much about the area’s people, history and heritage. The midnight Turtle Tour only takes place between November and January, but is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that should be seized. Every year, around 500 loggerhead turtles and 1 500 leatherback turtles leave the ocean and make their way onto the shores to lay eggs in the sand. Each turtle lays about 120 eggs, very few of which will survive to adult animals. Witnessing this spectacular event is nothing short of breath-taking, and is recommended to all visitors to Lake St Lucia.