St. Lucia - Our Area
The Elephant Coast
The Elephant Coast is a very special slice of Africa, incorporating the World Heritage Site of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, formerly known as The Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park.
This coastline, including the surrounding big 5 (Elephant, Rhinoceros, Buffalo, Leopard and Lion) game reserves, is known as the Elephant Coast. It is in this setting that St. Lucia, known as the gateway to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, is situated.
St. Lucia has more than 300 sun-filled days a year and the Indian Ocean is warm all year. Often the winter in St. Lucia has been compared to a good summer in northern Europe.
The sighting and cry of the majestic African Fish Eagle is something you can witness from the privacy of African Ambience Guest House. Residents are greeted with these sightings and sounds as an everyday occurrence.
The birdlife aboard the Hippo & Crocodile Boat safari offers an opportunity to see Fish Eagles at close range.
St. Lucia Village
The town has all facilities to make your stay comfortable. There are restaurants, supermarkets, filling stations, beach and fishing tackle shops, hairdresser, post office and the popular fruit, vegetable and craft market, all centrally placed in town within walking distance.
Leopard and Hippo roam the streets of St. Lucia at night and bush-babies as well as other nocturnal animal life are found in abundance.
The isiMangaliso Wetland Park
The 38,000ha of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park of lake, islands and estuary, incorporates a variety of habitats ranging from the Lebombo mountains to grasslands, forests, wetlands, mangroves and vegetated dunes, with magnificent beaches and coral reefs.
Nearby golden unspoiled beaches are parts of the Sun, Sea, Sand and Safari options offered all in one area. The opportunity to laze and sunbathe on these beaches and enjoy some wildlife exploration within minutes apart is what sets the area apart as a special destination.
The p ark protects five distinct but interconnected ecosystems:
- The Marine Ecosystem - Coral reefs and rocky and sandy beaches.
- The Eastern Shores - Barrier between lake and sea.
- The Mkuze Swamps - Pans and papyrus.
- Lake St. Lucia - The largest Estuary in Africa.
- The Western Shores - An old marine shoreline.