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  • Proudly owner-managed with warm and attentive service
  • Spacious and elegant but colourful rooms
  • Close to the beach and Durban's amenities

Carter's Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In La Lucia


-29.7555, 31.0646


Run with great pride by owner Carol Carter, Carter’s Lodge extends warm hospitality to its guests, ensuring that they enjoy a trouble-free stay just a few hundred metres from the sea. 

After a cheerful welcome, guests are taken to their rooms, where they will be greeted with fresh rusks, and chocolates on the pillows of the comfortable, percale linen beds.

Individually-decorated and spacious, the rooms have a homely atmosphere and are fitted with amenities such as air conditioning and heating, satellite televisions, hairdryers, safes, bar fridges and tea and coffee facilities. Wireless internet is available throughout the guest house. In most of the rooms, guests can walk straight out of their doors into the garden.

The three garden rooms are decorated in soft light shades, enriched by different splashes of colour, depending on the room. Guests have a choice between two King-size/twin rooms with either an en-suite shower or a bath with overhanging shower, or the Queen room, which has a bath with a telephone shower. Decorated with subtle hints of Africa, the family room has a lovely two-seater bath for the parents to enjoy, along with an overhanging shower. After a busy day on the beach, kids are accommodated on a sleeper couch.

Privacy is assured in the deluxe room, which is set slightly away from the rest of the accommodation and has its own private driveway. A bathroom with a two-seater bath and separate shower, as well as a partial sea view, make this room an idyllic choice for honeymooners. 

To start what should be an entertaining day, the guest house serves a buffet of cereals, yoghurt, fruit salad, cheeses, cold meats and steaming home-made muffins, as well as an English style breakfast made to order. The omelettes, in particular, are held in high esteem.

Breakfast is often served around the lovely rock swimming pool, and after the meal you can plunge in and refresh under the trickle of the small waterfall. Guests relaxing on the loungers should look out for birds flitting around in the tropical garden.

Being only 800 metres from the sea, the guest house is well-situated for guests to have a fun-filled day on the beach, partaking in activities ranging from deep sea fishing, to swimming, surfing or long walks.

For those who prefer the buzz of shopping malls and entertainment complexes, Umhlanga and Durban are both just a few minutes’ drive away. A visit to uShaka Marine World will delight all members of the family, while sports enthusiasts can head to one of the nearby stadiums to watch a rugby, soccer or cricket match, or play a round of golf at one of the top-quality courses.

This barely scratches the surface of what can be seen and done, and Carol and her staff are always willing to help guests make the most of their stay.

Rates & Summary

3 Garden Rooms

2 with King-size/twin beds
1 with Queen bed
En-suite shower or bath with shower

Family Room

Sleeps 2 adults in King-size/twin beds
Child on sleeper couch
En-suite two-seater bath with shower

Deluxe Room

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite two-seater bath and shower
Partial sea view


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Continental and English breakfast included


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the village of La Lucia, the owner-managed Carter’s Lodge offers comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation close to the Indian Ocean and the attractions of Durban and Umhlanga. Being less than a kilometre from the beach, the guest house is ideally located for a laidback seaside holiday. Guests can wash off the sea salt under the small waterfall in the rock swimming pool, which is located in a lush garden attracting plenty of birds.


  • Proudly owner-managed with warm and attentive service
  • Spacious and elegant but colourful rooms
  • Close to the beach and Durban's amenities


The deluxe room is set away from the other units and has its own private driveway.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fishing gear, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching/dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Nearby: beaches, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, Durban Beachfront, uShaka Marine World, golf courses, botanical gardens, bird park, horse trails, mountain biking, game reserves, urban adrenaline adventures, health club, entertainment and shopping complexes, Moses Mabhida Stadium.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Full business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 500m
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




North Coast

KwaZulu Natal


Stretching some 110km from Umhlanga to the Amatikulu River, the North Coast is as diverse as it is spectacular. The old North Coast Road is the best way to access the region. It follows the edge of the Indian Ocean, crossing the lagoons and estuaries of the Umhlanga, Umdloti, Mvoti and Tugela Rivers. It then weaves through fields of sugar cane and patches of indigenous forest.

Over the years, the North Coast has changed from a few sleepy little towns of local farmers’ beach cottages to a hugely popular tourism centre. It draws hundreds of thousands of annual visitors and offers something for just about everyone.

The towns range from Zinkwazi, as relaxed and serene as anywhere on the entire South African coast, to the bustling Umhlanga with its big-town feel. In-between is Ballito, a holiday destination par excellence where tourists are welcomed and entertained. A host of other towns each have their own attractions.

As you’d expect, it is the beaches that are the biggest drawcard to the area and around which most of the action is centred.

Ballito in particular is a surfing mecca and hosts regular surfing competitions.

Other beaches all along the coast offer surfing, swimming and angling. Scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and boat trips can also be organised at most popular tourism towns, as can microlight flights.

Don’t for a second think that the North Coast is simply a beach and party destination. Nature is ever-present and many of the towns are surrounded by beautiful coastal bush or are close to nature reserves. Birdwatching is excellent and diverse, while blue duiker can even be spotted from the Umhlanga promenade.

Fascinating history also pops up when you delve a little deeper. King Shaka, that South African Napoleon, once ruled from a kraal in the area of KwaDukuza. A visitor’s centre, memorial and museum all celebrate and explain his life and reign. Another great Zulu man, this time a man of peace, grew up down the road in Groutville. Albert John Luthuli would later play a major part in the struggle against apartheid and would become the first African to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

The North Coast has always been the trendier part of KwaZulu-Natal’s long and spectacular coastline. It’s more developed, the hotels are bigger and it just feels like there is more on the go. There is an incredible amount to do, things to see and places to stay.

Look out for

Mount Moreland – every year an estimated three million barn swallows spend the South African summer at a wetland on Mount Moreland, not far from the coastal town of Umdloti. From around October to April, this huge concentration of tiny birds can be viewed coming in to roost en masse. Take a few drinks or a picnic and your deckchairs and have a sundowner while this immense flock fills the sky.

King Shaka Heritage Route – King Shaka forged the Zulu nation and ultimately shaped the future of South Africa. On this route you can find out a bit more about this fascinating character. You can visit spots such as Observation Rock, from where he watched his impis train. You can also see the pool where he bathed, the site of his burial, and the tree under which he is reputed to have been assassinated.

The Gateway Shopping Centre - on the other side of the scale is Gateway, a huge shopping centre in Umhlanga that caters for absolutely everyone. Rainy days can be spent watching movies, rock-climbing, bowling, driving go-karts and much, much more. There are obviously also plenty of shops and restaurants.

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board – offers interesting insights into these denizens of the deep. Educational tours are held, as are regular shark dissections.

Birding – the North Coast is home to an estimated 460 bird species, including rarities such as finfoot, green twinspot, bat hawk and black coucal. It’s not necessary to visit nature reserves to spot them either, although you will have better luck at places like the Zinkwazi lagoon or the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve.

Adventure – scuba diving (or learning to scuba dive) is great for family bonding. The North Coast has a number of operators who offer this. Other chances for adventure include excellent mountain biking, quadbiking, paintball and horse riding.

Microlight flights – and helicopter flips give wonderful perspectives of this long and beautiful coastline. You’ll see how urban spread has affected the cane and bush, as well as just how much remains intact. Whales and dolphins are often spotted on such flights.

Dining decadence- be it high tea or a curry buffet at the sensational Oysterbox, a prawn feast at the Amatikulu Prawn Shack, or the Ballito Prawn and Jazz Festival.

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