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  • Situated in the heart of the vibrant tropical Elephant Coast town of St Lucia
  • Newly-built comfortable Afri-chic chalets with private outdoor showers and a lush garden
  • Spectacular outdoor actitivites to explore in the region

Lodge Afrique

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In St Lucia

 

-28.3779, 32.4153

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The 4-star Lodge Afrique is one of the most comfortable guest houses to be found on the beautiful Elephant Coast, a 220km stretch of land bounded by mountains, oceans and loush coastal bushveld.

After being led down the wooden walkways from Reception at Lodge Afrique, guests enter a lush tropical setting, sheltering 8 freestanding and pleasantly luxurious thatched chalets. Each air-conditioned chalet is quirkily decorated in an Afro-chic, Zulu-influenced style and houses King/twin or Queen beds, and full bathrooms with spacious bathtubs and showers. Each suite has a private outdoor shower leading off the deck, which is a sheltered outdoor retreat in the tropical garden.

A sparkling swimming pool with loungers is found in the garden. A romantic Balinese-style thatched lapa - very popular for honeymooners opting to enjoy a champagne breakfast away from other guests - is located at the end of the wooden walkways. Breakfast is served every morning on the outdoor patio, which can be closed off, if bad weather strikes. 

Lodge Afrique is conveniently located close to the iSimangiliso Wetland Park - South Africa’s largest wetland system and a World Heritage Site. The Park serves up a feast of activities, from boat cruises, to bird watching, kayaking and game drives, while the Indian Ocean surrounding the town offers whale-watching in season and some superb warm water swimming and snorkelling. The centre of St Lucia village is a short walk from the Lodge, and your hosts are more than willing to lead you on the right path through the town, and to book tours and activities for you to enjoy.

Rates & Summary


8 Thatched Chalets

Located in lush tropical gardens
Each sleeps 2 in King/twin beds
En-suite with bath and shower
Outdoor shower
Private deck

Pricing

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Catering

English & Continental breakfast included
Dinner on request

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Characterised by warm personal service, Lodge Afrique offers accommodation in newly-built thatched Afro-chic chalets set in lush subtropical gardens, a stone’s throw from St Lucia's village centre and the magnificent iSimangiliso Wetland Park. This vibrant holiday town offers glorious golden beaches, tropical ocean waters and numerous wildlife activities.

Summary

  • Situated in the heart of the vibrant tropical Elephant Coast town of St Lucia
  • Newly-built comfortable Afri-chic chalets with private outdoor showers and a lush garden
  • Spectacular outdoor actitivites to explore in the region

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fishing gear, binoculars for birding, whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

The roads in St Lucia are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Horse riding
  • Forest walks
  • Quadbiking
  • Bird watching
  • Deep sea & shore fishing
  • Hippo and crocodile tours
  • Seasonal whale watching
  • Turtle nesting tours in Dec - Feb

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Braai area available

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Elephant Coast

KwaZulu Natal

About

On the eastern seaboard of South Africa, the wild country of the Elephant Coast presses up against the Indian Ocean in the east, Mozambique in the north and Zululand to the south and west. Here, the bright lights of the city are nowhere to be seen, replaced by night skies as unpolluted as nature created them.

The area was named for the elephants that once roamed here in great numbers, hunted for their tusks until they had all but disappeared. Luckily this has been turned around and elephants can once again be seen in many of the region’s game reserves, along with the rest of the Big 5.

Made up of extensive commercial farms, private game farms and government game reserves, the Elephant Coast is still relatively untouched by modernity. It incorporates vast expanses of wilderness, including an internationally renowned World Heritage Site, the 328000ha Isimangaliso Wetland Park. It is also home to Africa’s oldest game reserve, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, founded in 1895.

The area is a must-visit for ecologically minded tourists; there is far more to see than just the two flagship reserves. Fortunate tourists can see the Big 5, scuba dive with whale sharks or manta rays, watch turtles laying their eggs, fish for tigerfish, and ride horses on the beach or through the bush. It’s a region that is rich in diversity.

Ndumo Game Reserve and Tembe Elephant Reserve are both on the border with Mozambique and offer unique experiences for twitchers and pachyderm fans.

Tembe now boasts herds of elephants that are noted for their impressive tusks, and it’s one of the better places in South Africa to get good sightings and photographs of these animals.

Ndumo is best known for its birding. Species such as the narina trogon, palm-nut vulture and green twinspot can be seen in the forests of figs and other beautiful trees. Healthy populations of hippo and crocodile lurk in the pans and rivers.

KosiBay, a reserve protecting a series of shallow coastal lakes and all that lives in and around them, offers excellent fishing. There are also fascinating cultural and wildlife walks and birding opportunities. In season, one can watch turtles as they lay eggs or hatch from them.

Also on the coast is Sodwana Bay, yet another conservation area run by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. It’s a mecca for scuba divers and snorkelers from all over the world.

Sodwana holds beneath its waters coral reefs that are home to an estimated 1 200 fish species. These include the prehistoric coelacanth, as well as sharks and other fish.

Lake Sibaya is another attraction, although one that has failed to attain the popularity it deserves. The largest fresh-water lake in South Africa, Sibaya is home to thousands of waterbirds. Game is plentiful along its shores and crocodiles stalk its clear water.

The Jozini, or Pongolapoort, Dam offers a wonderful blend of sport fishing with game viewing. The river itself is also home to healthy populations of tigerfish.

Look out for

Isimangaliso Wetland Park – this World Heritage Site is amazingly diverse and deserves at least a few days of your time. Go for a boat cruise on the estuary, a game drive through the bush, and a hike along the shores of Lake St Lucia.

Sodwana Bay – take advantage of one of the world’s top scuba diving spots. Beginners can go on courses or snorkel; while more experienced divers have a number of reefs to choose from.

Birdwatching – the entire Elephant Coast is home to bountiful birdlife, although there are a few hot spots. The pans of Mkhuze Game Reserve play host to pelicans and all sorts of other birdlife. Over 420 bird species have been recorded in the riverine forest, woodland and savannahs of the park. Ndumo Game Reserve has an even better record, with more than 430 species recorded, the most for anywhere in South Africa. Beautiful, fever tree-lined pans are home to specials such as Pel’s fishing owl, broadbill and black egret.

Fishing – the Elephant Coast’s Jozini Dam is one of the few places in South Africa where anglers can try their luck at landing the tigerfish, one of the most ferocious, toothy fish in the world. If salt-water fishing is preferred, Kosi Bay is a popular and exceptional fishery, while deep-sea charters also operate from St Lucia.

Turtle tours – St Lucia is probably the best place in the country to go on an organised turtle watching tour. While sightings can’t be guaranteed, you have a good chance of seeing leatherback and loggerhead turtles laying eggs or hatching. Community guides at Kosi Bay also offer turtle watching tours that are very worthwhile.

Game view – the Elephant Coast is still home to a healthy population of big tuskers, especially in Tembe Elephant Park. A good sighting of these animals will stay with you for the rest of your life. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is internationally famous for saving the white rhino from extinction, and it remains one of the best places in the world to view this docile behemoth. The rest of the Big 5 can also be seen here, along with many other interesting animals.

Hike – while some areas require a guide (especially the Big 5 parks), there are some exceptional walking trails on the Elephant Coast. Almost all game reserves will offer day trails, while a trail with a difference can be enjoyed at Kosi bay. Here you can wander around the Kosi Mouth estuary, inspecting the primitive fish traps and watching locals at work spearing their catch. 

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