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  • Colourful, comfortable guesthouse offers good value
  • Warm, personal service from the owner-managers
  • Incredible amount of natural heritage to explore around town

Santa Lucia Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In St Lucia


-28.375, 32.414


Managed with passion by owners Francois and Rika, Santa Lucia Guest House is a place of warm luxury and personal service, contributing to an idyllic stay on Kwazulu-Natal’s spectacular northern coastline.

The guest house is a short stroll from St Lucia’s lovely estuary, beaches and restaurants, while an equally short walk will lead guests to the shores of the spectacular Lake St Lucia. After a warm welcome, guests are given a map of the area and a mouth-watering overview of the multitude of nearby attractions and activities, making itineraries much easier to plan. 

The large subtropical gardens and swimming pool create a relaxing holiday atmosphere, and are complemented by rooms which merge homeliness with luxury. This is the ideal setting to return to after an action-packed day, or to unwind for a few tranquil hours. The rooms can be set up in a variety of ways, with the goal to accommodate the needs of most travellers.

In the main wing of the house, three rooms offer en-suite showers and a choice between a King-size or twin beds, with two of these able to accommodate an extra child. Each room has a patio with pretty views of the garden. The Queen room doubles as a spacious, romantic honeymoon suite with a full en-suite bathroom and a patio, but families or groups of up to five people can also link this room to the King/Twin room next door.

On the opposite side of the house, the annexe plays host to another Queen room with a full en-suite bathroom, adjacent to a generously-proportioned King/Twin room with a lounge area and large patio with easy access to the garden and pool. These two rooms can either be taken separately or together, with two children able to sleep on a sleeper couch in the lounge.

To create a comforting environment for guests, each room is cooled by air conditioning and ceiling fans, with additional amenities including a hairdryer, mini fridge, wall safe, tea/coffee station and satellite television. Francois and Rika are personally involved in the cooking of breakfast in the morning, ensuring that palates and appetites are left utterly satisfied. The continental spread includes a wide selection of breads, muffins, cereals, yoghurt, fruit, meats, preserves and cheeses, followed by a delicious cooked-to-order English breakfast.

The patio is a serene place to savour the feast while admiring the gardens and ample birdlife. For lunch and dinner, guests can take a stroll to one of the restaurants just down the road. In the immediate vicinity, days can be spent fishing in the estuary, swimming in the warm Indian Ocean or taking boat cruises on the lake. 

The area is famous for its scuba diving and snorkelling, and during summer tours can be arranged to see huge turtles hauling themselves up onto the beaches to lay eggs. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a magnificent area for bird watching and offers a wide variety of adventure activities. Nature lovers can walk through verdant coastal forests or head to one of the nearby Big Five game reserves, while there are various cultural tours that allow a fascinating peek into the Zulu culture. The Santa Lucia team are always on hand to give helpful advice and answer any questions about the area.

Rates & Summary

King/Twin Room A

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Patio with garden views

King/Twin Room B

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Can accommodate extra child
En-suite shower
Patio with garden views

King/Twin Room C

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Can accommodate extra child
En-suite shower
Patio with garden views

Queen Room D

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
Extra child can be accommodated
Can be linked to King/twin Room A
En-suite bath and shower
Patio with garden views

Queen Room E

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
Can be linked to King/Twin Room F
En-suite bath and shower

King/Twin Room F

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
2 extra children in lounge
En-suite shower
Patio with garden views


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Continental and English breakfast included


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Santa Lucia Guest House is an endearing bed and breakfast which offers a wide range of rooms for visitors looking for the perfect holiday in the village of St Lucia, gateway to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Guests will be impressed by beautiful subtropical gardens, a swimming pool and generous breakfasts at this charming home. The guest house is situated within walking distance of Lake St Lucia and the estuary and beaches, and all guests are given ample information about the area’s attractions from the hospitable Santa Lucia team.


  • Colourful, comfortable guesthouse offers good value
  • Warm, personal service from the owner-managers
  • Incredible amount of natural heritage to explore around town

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, insect repellent, fishing gear, binoculars for game viewing and bird /whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Nearby: estuary, beaches, whale watching, turtle viewing, scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, boat cruises, canoeing, game viewing, forest walks, Zulu cultural experiences, arts and crafts shops.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • 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
  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




Elephant Coast

KwaZulu Natal


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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