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  • Magnificently verdant natural setting for a 'town' guesthouse, in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Elegant, homely rooms and warm hosts make you feel welcome
  • Convenient base for all the activities the region offers

St Lucia Wetlands Guesthouse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In St Lucia


-28.3752, 32.4176


The little village of St Lucia lies in the heart of the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, a stunningly beautiful protected area of lake systems, swamp forests, estuaries and coastal dunes. Visitors looking to fully explore this magnificent region will need a base from which to do so, and will not regret choosing St Lucia Wetlands Guest House as a comfortable home-away-from-home.

This impeccable bed and breakfast is set within verdant tropical gardens, and after being cheerfully welcomed by owners Hettie and Derrick, guests can settle in to enjoy traditional comfort and warm South African hospitality. The nine rooms on offer are homely but not short of luxury, featuring air conditioning, a wall safe, tea and coffee facilities, a hairdryer and in-house telephone. Extra beds in several of the double rooms, as well as a family unit, means that options are available for every type of traveller, from couples who want romanticism to families looking for a comfy holiday retreat.

Loving couples will particularly enjoy the four poster bed and full en-suite bathroom in one of the King rooms. The other King room, as well as the King and Queen rooms with an extra bed, have patios where guests can soak up the tranquillity of the gardens. 

Guests travelling with large amounts of luggage will appreciate the storage space afforded by a walk-in dressing room in one of the Queen rooms. Two en-suite bathrooms in the family unit ensure that no rows emerge over who gets to use the bathroom next, while a patio allows for outdoor relaxation. The guest house is located in a low risk malaria area, and although chances of catching the disease are slim, beds in all the rooms are fitted with mosquito nets for peace of mind. Just to be safe, cover up with insect repellent in the evenings and when out on your daily activities. 

There is a huge amount to do in the immediate surrounds, with the guest house conveniently situated a kilometre from both the wetlands and the ocean. Guests can grab the provided snorkelling equipment and beach towels and head out for a fun-filled day on the beach, where the warm water and complete seclusion are bound to soothe the soul. 

This part of the coast is known for its fantastic scuba diving, fishing, whale watching and a healthy population of turtles, which in the summer months haul themselves onto the beach at night to lay eggs. The guest house can assist you with booking these activities.

In the massive wetland park - the third largest national park in South Africa - visitors can explore the lakes by boat or canoe, go for hikes through the coastal forest or enjoy the scenery from horseback. Some great game viewing and bird watching can be had in the park and the several Big Five game reserves in the region, while a variety of interactive experiences immerse guests in the vibrant culture of the Zulus. If you prefer to relax at the guest house, take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool or look for the numerous bird species which frequent the garden.


Rates & Summary

2 King Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower or shower only
One with patio

King Room with extra bed

Sleeps 3 in King-size and single beds
En-suite bath and shower

Queen Room

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Walk-in dressing room

Queen Room with extra bed

Sleeps 3 in King-size and single beds
En-suite shower

Family Unit

Main bedroom with King-size bed
Second bedroom with Queen-size bed and single bed
Each bedroom has an en-suite shower
One bedroom has a patio


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Continental and English breakfast included


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated within the pristine iSimangaliso Wetland Park, just a kilometre from the Indian Ocean, St Lucia Wetlands Guest House offers accommodation in six homely guest rooms, and is well-positioned to explore an incredibly diverse array of natural and cultural attractions, and tropical coastline. The lush gardens are especially pretty and provide all the tranquillity needed for a peaceful stay.


  • Magnificently verdant natural setting for a 'town' guesthouse, in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Elegant, homely rooms and warm hosts make you feel welcome
  • Convenient base for all the activities the region offers

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 the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

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


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • 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
  • Limited business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

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


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




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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