Introduction: East of Mtubatuba through plantations and evergreen coastal bush that the Zulu refer to as Dukuduku, there is the water world of St. Lucia. It was formed about 60 to 100 million years ago when the Indian Ocean withdrew from the sandy coastal regions of Kwazulu Natal. The greater St. Lucia Wetlands is one of the world's great eco-tourism destinations.
The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance has listed
St. Lucia as having international conservation value. The region also satisfies the criteria for listing as a UNESCO World Heritage area. The park protects five interconnected eco systems and through the ages the lush plant grow and permanent water supply attracted considerable numbers of animals, especially antelope, hippo, crocodiles and elephants.
Must See: I Simangaliso Wetland Park; Charters Creek, Mission Rocks, Cape Vidal and the Lake St. Lucia Estuary.