St Lucia Accommodation South Africa | Private Safari Retreat In St Lucia, Kwazulu Natal

Welcome to St Lucia, up the Elephant Coast, North of KwaZulu Natal! Spend your next Holiday at Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat. Experience Africa's big five game whilst enjoying top class luxury accommodation on the estuary of St Lucia. Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat offers affordable Bed and Breakfast accommodation in St Lucia

Coziness, elegance and african atmosphere within a world heritage site

Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat is a newly built exclusive African Safari Retreat born from the combination of the Zulu spirit and the passion for unspoiled wilderness.

Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat was the first 5 star B&B / Guesthouse ever nestled in the beautiful village of St Lucia, the only village in Southern Africa to be completely surrounded by a Natural World Heritage Site.

St. Lucia was first named in 1554 as "Rio de Arelas de Ouro" ("River of the sands of Gold") by the survivors of the Portuguese ship Saint Benedict. At this stage, only the Tugela River mouth was known as St. Lucia. Later, in 1575, the Tugela River was properly named Tugela. On 13 December 1575, the day of the feast of Saint Lucy, Manuel Peresterello renamed the whole mouth area to Santa Lucia. The 19th century saw extensive hunting for ivory, rhino horn and hippo teeth. Fortunately, the ecological significance of the wildlife and fish resources were recognized and protected by declaring this area a Nature Reserve on 27th April 1897. This reserve included the Lake and some of the surrounding land. The original reserve of 36 826Ha is considered the oldest permanently declared reserve in Africa.

Today St Lucia is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, covering an area of 332 000 hectares . (Formely the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park).

In Zulu iSimangaliso means "Miracle or wonder" , the words used by uJeqe, Zulu Emperor uShaka’s herbalist who entered this region in 1828 and reported seeing “miracles and beauty in the land of the Thonga”. In 1999 the same land that astonished uJeqe was voted the first of the 8 declared World heritage sites in South Africa by United Nations Educational, scientific & cultural organization: UNESCO.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park and within 75kms of its borders you can enjoy the following:

  • 8 interlinking ecosystems
  • 3 major lake systems including lake St Lucia, Kosi Bay and lake Sibaya
  • Africa’s oldest protected area
  • The largest estuarine system in Africa
  • Some of the oldest (25000 years) and highest vegetated sand dunes in the world
  • Ancient swamp forest
  • 280 kms of unspoiled coastline
  • 2000 plant species
  • All 5 of South Africa's surviving mangrove tree species
  • 100 species of coral
  • 5 ethnic natural groups: Zulu, Shangaan, Swazi, Thonga and relic group of Gonda speakers
  • 97 mammal species (of which 32 are marine mammal species)
  • 800 hippos
  • 1200 Nile crocodiles
  • 526 bird species
  • 110 butterfly families
  • 80 dragonfly families
  • 109 reptile species
  • 36 snake families
  • 50 species of amphibians
  • 35 frog families (2 of which are endemic)
  • 5 turtle families
  • 1200 fish species (including the Coelacanth)
  • All of the African big five (elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard)
  • The world highest density of black rhinos
  • Elephants, rhinos, coelacanths and whales coexisting within a few miles of each other.
Isimangaliso Wetland Park harbours more species than the better known and much larger Kruger National Park & Okavango Delta