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  • Intimate guesthouse with comfortable rooms, a pool and tropical garden for a relaxing stay
  • Right in the heart of town
  • Huge variety of activities and adventures on offer in the area

Whalesong Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In St Lucia


-28.3758, 32.4176


The little village of St Lucia is an idyllically relaxing setting for Whalesong Guest House, which offers tropical peace and quiet, homely luxury and a perfect springboard into the extraordinary iSimagaliso Wetland Park, the spectacular Indian Ocean coastline and numerous Big Five game reserves.

Set underneath swaying palm trees on manicured lawns, the guest house contains five warmly-decorated rooms which satisfy the needs of everyone from couples, to travelling friends and families. Each room is air conditioned and has tea/coffee facilities.

Sea Spray is the most luxurious and spacious of these, making it perfect for honeymooners, although the King-size bed can be converted into twins for those who prefer. The room’s glass sliding doors open onto a furnished patio with easy access to the lovely pool area and garden. In the classy designer bathroom, guests can soak in a luxuriant inset bathtub or make use of the spacious shower. Also allowing the option of either a King-size or twin beds, the Dolphin Room can accommodate an extra single bed, while boasting the perks of a full en-suite bathroom and garden patio. 

The slightly less-spacious Superior Rooms, Turtle and Whale, are still extremely comfortable, with Queen-size beds leading to patios with garden views, and are suited to guests who need a shower only. Families of up to five can be easily accommodated in the Marlin Family Unit, allowing parents to sleep in a main bedroom with a Queen-size bed, while the children stay in a second bedroom with a single and bunk beds. A comfy lounge area leads to an attractive bathroom with a shower.

Awakening refreshed, guests start their day with a satisfying Full English breakfast in the stylish dining room or on the sunny patio. St Lucia’s balmy climate allows a dip in the swimming pool on most days, after which guests can relax on loungers in the lapa, or stoke up the braai to enjoy a pleasant outdoor meal.

The beautiful St Lucia beach, where kilometres of golden sand meet the warm Indian Ocean and subtropical forest, is a short walk away, and so is the estuary, which boasts great fishing and some of the highest coastal dunes in the world. Guests are also perfectly positioned to explore the astonishingly diverse iSimangaliso Weland Park, where activities range from brilliant bird watching and game viewing, to turtle tours, whale watching, scuba diving and horse riding. 

Visit one of the nearby game reserves for the chance to see the Big Five, or take a tour of a preserved Zulu village to experience the traditional lifestyle and customs of this noble tribe. Returning to Whalesong, guests can enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the TV lounge, before savouring the guest house’s delicious South African dishes (served on request) or heading to one of the nearby restaurants.

Rates & Summary

Luxury Pool View (Sea Spray Room)

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

Luxury Triple (Dolphin Room)

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Additional single bed on request
En-suite bath and shower
Patio with garden views

2 Superior Rooms (Turtle and Whale)

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
Turtle has en-suite shower
Whale has en-suite bath and shower
Patio with garden views

Family Unit (Marlin)

Sleeps 3 adults in Queen-size and single bed
Bunk bed for 2 children
Lounge area
Bathroom with shower
Garden views


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Full English breakfast included
Dinner on request


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the lazy village of St Lucia, within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Whalesong Guest House boasts four comfortably-appointed rooms, a swimming pool and ample facilities to satisfy the needs of guests. Set in a beautiful tropical garden, the guest house offers a laidback atmosphere and home-from-home luxury within walking distance of St Lucia’s beach and estuary, while being conveniently positioned for explorations of northern Kwazulu-Natal’s plentiful attractions.


  • Intimate guesthouse with comfortable rooms, a pool and tropical garden for a relaxing stay
  • Right in the heart of town
  • Huge variety of activities and adventures on offer in the area

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: beaches, whale watching, turtle viewing, scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, boat cruises, canoeing, forest walks, game viewing, 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
  • Licensed
  • Braai area available


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No 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


  • 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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