Holidaymakers visiting St Lucia are spoilt for choice by the delightful range of attractions and activities the area offers. In keeping with what’s expected from a top holiday destination, St Lucia is home to magnificent wildlife reserves that provide game-viewing opportunities and cultural villages offering a glimpse into South Africa’s rich heritage – along with opportunities for shopping and eating local delicacies. Make your visit to St Lucia magical and memorable. The following activities are a must-see-and-do on your next visit:
1. Scuba Dive Or Go Deep Sea Fishing
Isimangaliso Wetland Park is a natural wonderland that offers a myriad of things to do that include bird watching, deep sea fishing, game drives (self-driven and guided), walking on Cape Vidal beach and scuba-diving. The two viewing points are standing twenty-three meters high which is favourable for breath-taking panoramic views and to experience serenity.
2. Visit A Local Arts And Crafts Market
The St Lucia Arts and Crafts Market are one of the gems you can visit that is a delight for the senses. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely browse through fascinating curio stalls and sample fresh local produce, as well as stock up on gifts and trinkets.
3. Learn About Butterflies And Biodiversity
Enter another world at the Isiphaphalazi Butterfly House where indigenous butterfly species are a precious feature. In addition to the butterfly exhibit, there’s an earthworm farm, nursery and permaculture unit that offer insight into preserving and maintaining biodiversity.
4. Soak In A Different Culture
Visitors to the Veyane Cultural Village get to experience life in a traditional Zulu community. Tours include a singing performance and re-enactments of daily life.
5. Go For A Birding Walk
The 1.5 square km Igwalagwala walking trail in St Lucia is an unique opportunity to view various bird species including fish eagle, kingfisher and heron. The other birding destination is of course iSimangaliso offerering some of SA’s finest birding, with 526 bird species recorded throughout the Park. Wetlands are renowned for huge numbers of water birds such as flocks of pelicans, storks and flamingos congregating alongside specials such as Pink throated Longclaws, Pygmy Geese and Lesser Jacanas.
6. Choose A Whale-Watching Adventure
Chartered cruises provide visitors with a spectacular personal experience watching whales (including Humpback and Sperm Whales) as well as a variety of other marine animals.
7. Visit The Crocodiles
The Crocodile Centre St Lucia provides a thrilling and informative insight into the world of crocodiles. In addition to informative displays, there are feeding demonstrations.
8. Go and see the turtles
Experience the miracle of the reproduction of the Leatherback (900kg) and the Loggerhead turtles on the beaches of St lucia. Step into the world of these amazing and ancient reptiles as they dodge sharks offshore and humans, crabs, badgers and jackals on-shore to return to and hatch from these ancient nesting grounds..
9. Spot The Big Five
Covering 96,000 hectares, the wilderness wonderland that is Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park houses lions, elephants, buffalo, rhinos and leopards.
10. Go on a small boat over the Estuary
With eco-friendly quiet and smoke free motors getting so close to the Hippos and crocodiles that you almost can touch them. Concentrating on the many bird species at the Estuary like Fish eagles, Herons and many other species.
11. Horse riding
There are few places in the world you can ride in an area as unspoiled or beautiful as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The rides are accompanied by a lead and back up rider allowing to split the group at times to be able to cater each ride to each individuals experience level. From the water’s edge of the Indian Ocean, through the game reserve to the shores of Lake St Lucia Estuary; experience game viewing with a difference
There’s plenty to keep a visitor busy in St Lucia. The key to experiencing all the area has to offer is finding great accommodation to make sure every part of your stay is as pleasurable as your explorations. Why not make a booking at Serene Estate today? We’re a boutique guesthouse as one of the few guesthouses situating at the border of the park with a modern architecture in St Lucia conveniently located near to the attractions listed above.