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ST. LUCIA- MY AFRICAN PARADISE

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A June 2005 trip to St. Lucia by Linda Kaye

Beach at the Indian Ocean Photo, St. Lucia, South Africa More Photos
Quote: Four days in St. Lucia, South Africa – Not nearly long enough

ST. LUCIA- MY AFRICAN PARADISE

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Overview

Beach at the Indian Ocean Photo, St. Lucia, South Africa
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St. Lucia sits at the edge of the Indian Ocean in the Province of Kwa-Zulu Natal and is a favorite vacation spot for South Africans. Among the ecotourism attractions is the St. Lucia Estuary and the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site. A combination of lake, swamp, forest, grassland, high dune, and marine wilderness offers a wide range of environments. A large contingent of crocodiles and hippos call Lake Lucia home. The main street through St. Lucia is scattered with bed-and-breakfast lodges and guesthouses, restaurants, and shops, all geared for the tourists. Our choice for accommodations was Zulani Guest House. From Zulani...Read More

Zulani Guest House

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Hotel

Zulani Guest House Photo, St. Lucia, South Africa
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Zulani Guest House is located just off the main street in St. Lucia and is an easy walk to the local markets, restaurants, Internet café, and St. Lucia Estuary. Our hosts, June and Gary Lang, greeted us with a welcome drink and immediately made us feel at home. The guesthouse consists of five beautifully decorated guest rooms that are large and very African. The largest is the Elephant Room (also known as the Honeymoon Suite) with its own Jacuzzi, refrigerator, and television. All rooms have coffee- and tea-making facilities. Our room was unusually spacious, with a king-size bed with warm and decorative covers. A small table with a lighted mirror provided the perfect place for hair and ma...Read More

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Zulani Guest House
75 Flamingo St.
St. Lucia, South Africa
27 (0)35 590 1427

Khula Village

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Attraction | "Culture Tour of Khula Village: PART 1"

Khula Village Photo, St. Lucia, South Africa
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Our host at Zulani Guest House, June, told us about a man named Sipho doing wonderful and innovative things for his Zulu Village in the Duku-Duku forest. The Khula Village has an interactive center at the entrance to the village, but Sipho would take us into the village, meet with the people, and educate us on their way of life. We were intrigued and excited and asked June to set up the tour. We were picked up at Zulani in a safari vehicle driven by an interesting young Zulu nicknamed Colgate for the short drive to the Khula Village. We left the vehicle at the front of the village and went on foot into this strange and interesting place. As we walked, Sipho gave us a little history of ...Read More

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Khula Village
Khula Village
St. Lucia, South Africa

Khula Village

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Attraction | "Culture Tour of Khula Village: PART 2"

Khula Village Photo, St. Lucia, South Africa
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Our walking tour through the Khula Village with Sipho, our guide, became more of a parade than a walk, as many curious barefoot children joined us. We visited a home where the women were weaving grass mats. A few of us tried the weaving and hopefully didn’t mess it up too badly. I noticed that as we left, Sipho gave the women a few coins. He told us that on his tours, he visits different homes and gives a portion of the tour charge to them. He keeps a portion for himself, and the rest goes to the village for improvements. We walked past two schools and a church under construction, and visited a chicken hatchery. We were able to see the day-to-day life of the inhabitants of this vil...Read More

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Khula Village
Khula Village
St. Lucia, South Africa

Deep-Sea Fishing

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Attraction

Deep-Sea Fishing Photo, St. Lucia, South Africa
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You can’t imagine our surprise in the morning of our deep-sea fishing trip to see Sebert pull up in his bakkie (sounds like bucky, meaning a pickup truck) towing his boat. We loaded up and off we went toward the beach. Never before had we experienced a beach launch. It was so exciting. We curiously watched our captain pushed the boat with the pickup through the sand and into the water. Removing our shoes and rolling up our pant legs, we jumped into the boat and were instructed to sit on the deck, bracing ourselves against each other and facing the back of the boat. Hold on was the captain’s command. He then started full speed through the high and powerf...Read More

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Deep-Sea Fishing
Throughout St. Lucia
St. Lucia, Africa

About the Writer

Linda Kaye

Linda Kaye
San Antonio, Texas