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Posted on: Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Getting Out and About in St Lucia

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Greater St Lucia

Greater St Lucia

St Lucia, in KwaZulu Natal, is an exquisite destination that is abundant in spectacular plant and animal life, making for a very rich tourist experience. The Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park has been dubbed a World Heritage Site, and is a wonderland for nature lovers who relish the sheer beauty of the South African landscape.

The greater St Lucia Wetlands Park comprises five distinct ecosystems, each of which presents its own variety of fascinating fauna and flora. In fact, there are certain intriguing species that are unique to St Lucia, making an exploration of the area very special.

Extreme Nature Tours has a vested interest in the splendour of St Lucia and invites visitors from all over the country and world to enjoy exciting activities within the gorgeous surrounds that they call home. They are a group of conservationists and began this adventurous endeavour in 1998. They offer visitors the following incredible experiences, and more, during their time here:

Getting Out and About in St Lucia

Turtle Tours

Turtle Tours

St Lucia Turtle Tours – walk on the beach and watch the Loggerhead Turtles and Leatherback Turtles nesting within their natural habitat. Extreme Nature Tours conducts these tours in areas in which the population of turtles is highest to give visitors the opportunity to watch these graceful creatures get their young ready to embark on their challenge-filled lives in the ocean.

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park Safaris – this game reserve is home to the Big 5 as well as many more fascinating wildlife species. There are various packages available through Extreme Nature Tours.

Cape Vidal Snorkelling Safaris – Cape Vidal is part of the larger iSimangaliso Wetlands Park (St Lucia Wetlands Park) and offers stunning snorkelling opportunities behind the reef at low tide. These packages include lunches and all equipment.

Hluhluwe Umfolozi

Hluhluwe Umfolozi

St Lucia Wetlands Tours and Safaris – see the magnificent wetlands from an open vehicle as you delve deep into the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park (as the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park is now known). The many bird species are rivalled only by the types of wildlife and plants to be enjoyed from the comfy safari vehicles.

St Lucia Birding Tours and Bird-watching Packages – a most rewarding experience, bird-watching in St Lucia is sure to yield an enormous variety of different avian species. Whether you choose to concentrate solely on bird-watching or to combine this activity with hikes, game drives or snorkelling with the turtles, you are sure to be well rewarded.

St Lucia is hot and humid in summer, and mild and dry in the winters. Although it is almost spread evenly throughout the year, 60% of the annual rainfall occurs during the summer months. So, regardless of when you visit St Lucia, be sure to pack lightweight waterproof clothing as well as sunscreen.

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Amelia Meyer


Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

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