St. Lucia, South Africa

St. Lucia is tucked in between the Indian Ocean and the St. Lucia Estuary, and could almost be described as being on an island. As the only private town in the world, it is completely surrounded by a Natural World Heritage Site, but despite this then it is very easy to access the town via the R618 road.

St. Lucia has beautiful beaches with warm ocean water all year around, exotic animals just outside the doorstep and amazing sunsets. There are more than 500 species of birds and within close range you can enjoy the abundant wildlife on spectacular safaris and tours, from the Big 5 inland to the turtle nesting grounds, whales and dolphins at the ocean.

The town has all necessary facilities to make the stay for the visitors comfortable and pleasant. There are a dozen 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.

Even though St. Lucia is a small town, there are accommodation facilities to cater for up to 4,500 guests and campsites for up to 2,500 campers, and still booking is essential for peak seasons.


St. Lucia was first named ‘Rio de Areias de Ouro’ (River of the sands of gold) in 1554 by the survivors of the Portuguese ship Saint Benedict. At this time the Tugela river mouth 130 km further down the coast, was known as St. Lucia, but in 1575 Tugela was named Tugela and St. Lucia got its current name.

In 1822 a British survey expedition visited the area. The ship was the H.M.S. Leven and its captain was Lieutenant Vidal. The Leven Point and Cape Vidal was then named. Mission Rocks was named in 1888, when a catholic Mission was established 10 km north of the St. Lucia Mouth on the Eastern Shores.

How to get to St. Lucia

From Johannesburg

Take the N12 road towards Witbank, turn of at Orgies and take the R545 to Bethal. From here take the N17 to Ermelo and continue by the N2 through Piet Retief, Pongola, Mkuze and Hluhluwe. 48 km after the Hluhluwe turn-off, turn left to Mtubatuba. Just as you arrive in Mtubatuba turn left to St. Lucia and follow the road for 25 km.

From Durban

Take the N2 north. 40 km after the turn-off to Richards Bay turn right to Mtubatuba. When you arrive to Mtubatuba turn left. Take the second road to the right. Follow the road for 25 km.

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The phrase Big 5 refers to Elephant, Rhinoceros, Buffalo, Lion, and Leopard.

The phrase was originally coined by big-game hunters referring to the five most difficult animals to hunt on foot.