St. Lucia - South Africa

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St. Lucia is a small town on the south coast of eastern South Africa. St. Lucia is located next to the large nature reserve iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a UNESCO World Heritage List and is a protected nature reserve. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park has a unique nature of wetlands, lagoons and has a rich variety of animals. Unique to the Wetland Park are the fossilized oyster waterfronts. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is one of the largest nature reserves in South Africa. The park covers about 280 km coastline to the border with Mozambique. The park has 10 individual parts. Kosi Bay, Coastal Forrest, Lake Sibaya, Sodwana Bay, Umkuze, False Bay, Lake St. Lucia, Cape Vidal, Charters Creek and Maphelane. Not all parts are accessible for tourists. Cape Vidal is free to visit for tourists. Other parts of the park can be visited without a guide.

St. Lucia is a small village where is lots of activity. There are a lot of restaurants where you can eat. There are also many tourist shops where you'll find souvenirs. You can also book several boats in St. Lucia to sail on Lake St. Lucia. We have made a boat trip on the estuary of Lake St. Lucia through the wetlands. It is also possible to walk in St. Lucia. There are several hiking trails, not all equally well marked. And because St. Lucia on the coast, you can spend hours walking along the beach. St. Lucia has a beautiful sandy beach. St. Lucia also has the highest vegetated dunes in the world. These are located on the west side of St. Lucia and are quite special.

When we arrived in St. Lucia, we asked the owners of the B & B if it was safe at night walking through St. Lucia. St. Lucia residents have no problems with crime, but with hippos. In the evening, these hippos get out of the water and walk through the village. You do not have to worry that you are robbed, but if you see a hippo, you'd better choose another route.

Hippos and crocodiles are frequently present in and around St. Lucia. If you want to watch hippos from nearby St. Lucia is the perfect place to do that.

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