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About St. Lucia Wetlands

St. Lucia Wetlands is situated in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. The area is protected habitat, and ideal for backpacking tours, especially for nature-lovers.

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St Lucia Boat Cruise

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St. Lucia Wetlands airports include:
•Durban International Airport


Over 500 different species of birds are resident or pass through the wetland system annually and comprise of marine, wetland and forest birds. The park is home to the largest population of white-backed and pink-backed pelican in South Africa, while other species include fish eagles, flamingos and herons.


With such a wealth of biodiversity, St. Lucia Wetlands conservation plays a key role in preserving the multitude of habitats within the area. Conservation areas such as the St. Lucia lagoon, the Mkuze Park and the St. Lucia marine reserve, the Sodwana Bay National Park, Lake Sibaya and the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve are all part of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park.


St. Lucia Wetlands is a malaria free zone, so you will not have to worry about malaria medication, unless you are planning to travel to a malaria zone in South Africa or to a known malaria zone country in Africa. If you are traveling to a malaria zone after your visit to Durban, talk to a local doctor about malaria medication you will need to take.


St. Lucia Wetlands money and banking information includes:
•Banks are open in Durban Monday to Friday from 9h00, 15h00, and Saturdays from 8h30-11h30
•ATMs can be found in Durban
•Foreign exchange facilities are widely available at malls, airport, hotels and banks
•Credit and debit cards are widely accepted at almost all shops, hotels and restaurants


St. Lucia Wetlands plant life is incredibly rich and diverse, with a wide range of habitats ranging from marine systems of coral reefs and beaches, coastal forests with salt and fresh water marshes, open estuarine waters of Lake St Lucia itself, lush coastal plains to drier woodland areas.

Safety Tips

•St. Lucia Wetlands is safe to visit
•Keep valuables safe and locked away in camps
•Do not try and swim in any of the lakes or rivers
•It is illegal to talk on a mobile phone while you are driving in South Africa
•Do not try and touch or feed any wildlife you see

Travel Books

St. Lucia Wetlands recommended travel books include:
•Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park: World Heritage Sites of South Africa by David Fleminger
•St. Lucia Wetlands Park by Natal Parks Board
•Guide to Wetlands by Dr Patrick Dugan
•Frommer's South Africa by Pippa de Bruyn South Africa Eyewitness Travel Guide by DK Publishing


St. Lucia wildlife spans from forest habitats to coastal areas, and as such is widely diverse. Large land animals include Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Zebra, Eland and Kudu. Marine species include marine turtles, while there are a number of reptiles such as gaboon adder and a large variety of other snake species to be found.


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