Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat  Verified Listing

South Africa - Elephant Coast St Lucia KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

Excellent Rating: 5.0 / 5
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Member since: 16 July 2010

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Breakfast included
Bath towels
Electric Blankets
Covid-19 H&S Certified
Swimming Pool
Cleaning service
Parking on Premises
Safety Deposit Box
Airport Transfers
Bar fridge
Ceiling fans
No smoking
Serviced Daily
Tea and coffee facilities

Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat is 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. (Formerly 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.

In Room Facilities:

Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat has 4 exclusive African style en-suite rooms all of which have a private patio leading onto a romantic tropical garden.

Suites are furnished with comfortable 2 extra-long twin beds or 1 extra-long king size bed.

All suites are equipped with bar fridge, LED TV, tea, and coffee making facilities, air conditioning, ceiling fans, window insect screens, wall safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers, beach towels, and electrical heat blankets to keep you toasty warm during the winter nights.

All bathrooms are equipped with a large walk-in shower, a hand-wash basin and a relaxing Victorian free standing bath, toilet and shaving plugs are available - all in a beautiful unique open plan African styled design.

Area Information:

Discover the many treasures of the park. Guided tours in safari vehicles or self-drive tours in your own vehicle will give you the opportunity to discover an impressive variety of animals (hippos, crocodiles, black & white rhinos, zebras, wildebeest, elephants, giraffe, buffalo, leopards, hyenas, many species of antelope and a large array of birdlife), the rock pools at Mission Rocks, Cape Vidal, Bhangazi lake, a number of gravel roads (accessible with sedan cars) through the different ecosystems, short walks to beautiful lookout points with views of the Indian ocean, rolling grassland and lake St Lucia, will give you the opportunity to experience nature close up, to taste, smell and feel the bush.

Property Facilities:

After a full day of exploration, your exclusive and cozy room will fulfill your dreams. Wake up each morning with renewed energy, knowing that your heart and soul will be touched by the African spirit!

At Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat your country-style breakfast is served at the location of your choice: in the dining area inside, on the sundeck outside where exotic birds will welcome you, or on your private patio.

At this romantic retreat, all our guests have access to a large lit swimming pool with rim flow. A well-designed sundeck awaits you for the lazy afternoons.

The main lounge provides you with full DSTV, free WIFI and a small library where you can choose a book for a good read and relax on the comfortable sofas.

If you prefer, you can sit around the fire in the “boma”, the perfect place where tales of the day are told.

Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat is situated within a safe walking distance (just watch out for the hippos at night) from the main street where numerous restaurants are situated to cater all your desires.


* Big 5 game drives.
* Boat trips and sunset cruise.
* Whale watching.
* Turtle tours.
* Snorkeling from the beach.
* Boat-based snorkeling.
* Birding safaris.
* Walking trails.
* Cycling Trips.
* Horse riding.
* Deep sea fishing.
* Crocodile and snake center.
* Cultural tours.
* Golf, tennis, and squash.
* Kwalucia.


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03 December 2018

Wonderful B&B in St. Lucia. One of the best we ever visit. Perfect Service - very private. Marie and Adrian are warm and courteous hosts. Excellent barbecue in the evening. Lovely designed and furnished rooms. They made their B&B to our home. Hope to be back one day. Thank you for a wonderful time in Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Peggy & Jim
05 November 2018

We stayed with our wonderful hosts Adrien & Marie on Oct 7-10!
A beautiful guest house with such wonderful hosts!
Adrien was so attentive to our plans for the day making sure everything was all set to go!
Marie made such fantastic breakfasts!
The highlight was the African “ supper” they both made for all 8 of us... Butternut squash soup, Rocket salad, Bobotie, Malva with sauce & ice cream for dessert... one of the best meals by far we had in SA the month we were there!
Would highly recommend this hidden gem in St. Lucia.. I’m going on about Marie’s good... accommodations were outstanding!
6 out of 5 stars!!

Superb. 5 out of 5
26 September 2018

The rooms, the owners, the food, the ambiance - everything was beyond words. It was a hidden Garden of Eden - trees, plants, monkeys - the environment was so relaxing and truly perfection. Only thing we would have changed was to be able to stay longer!!!!

Superb. 5 out of 5
24 September 2018

We stayed four nights with two families in Kwalucia, St Lucia.
Adrian and Marie made us feel at home straight away. They helped us organize our trips and gave excellent tips regarding the area. Nothing was too much for them. Very good breakfast and nice rooms. Marie even cooked a real South-African Meal on our last evening. An excellent place to stay !

Superb. 5 out of 5
19 September 2018

We had a fantastic 3 nights at Kwalucia! The rooms were beautiful and the breakfast delicious with different home made things every day. Thank you to Adrien and Marie for adjusting the breakfast times to our whale watching schedule :) Thank you again for a wonderful stay!

Superb. 5 out of 5
Michèle & Michael
16 September 2018

We arrived to St. Lucia and met Adrian and Marie, as very nice and friendly hosts. Kwalucia seems to be paradise there. We came as guests and leaved as friends. The breakfast was fantastic, all dishes perfect and freshly prepared from Marie. A dreamlike birthday with an evening barbecue as highlight.
Thank you for this wonderful experience.

Superb. 5 out of 5
06 September 2018

Great resort, amazing rooms and breakfast. The owners Marie & Adrian are very welcoming , nice and helpful people. Thank you for a great stay we had a very nice end of our holiday in Saint Lucia. Wonderful country South Africa.

Superb. 5 out of 5
09 August 2018

The owners are very friendly, their breakfast is perfect and they can cook very good, the rooms are very clean and it’s a perfect place to do things like safari’s, going to the beach etc. It was perfect!

Superb. 5 out of 5
26 July 2018

My wife and my son stayed 4 nights with Mari and Adrian and I can honestly say that the lodge is throughout marvelous. They were fantastic hosts and provided first class service. The lodge and the rooms are very beautiful, well maintained and the whole atmosphere is relaxing - ideal holiday spot.
The lodge is in a good location, just a minute to hot spots on the main road.
You don't find such a special place very often!!!

Superb. 5 out of 5
22 July 2018

Adrian and Mari have just taken over Kwalucia and pulled out all the stops to make our stay great, I travelled with my daughter and they arranged the excellent trips - even lending us some coats. The early mornings in the open Jeep were exciting but very very cold. Mari is a great cook. We have never tasted finer cakes and breakfast bakes. What a treat. The rooms were traditional and comfortable. Best of all the location was so central and easy for us. Highly recommended.

Superb. 5 out of 5

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About the Host

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St Lucia Reviews

Ashay Baijnath
10 November 2020

Cleanliness and the game park.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Ashina Dorasami
02 March 2020

I just love St Lucia, the beauty of nature, the bountiful wild life and breathtaking sunsets. It is a safe little town, where you can stroll without worrying about safety.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Ranjeetha Hirawan
03 April 2019

The wildlife and beautiful landscape in St Lucia.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Kathy Naylor
24 October 2018

Driving round to see hippos and bush babies at night in St Lucia (take a powerful torch!)

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Anari de Wet
08 October 2018

Most beautiful nature reserves and beaches.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Linda Westlake
27 August 2018

St Lucia is a friendly, welcoming place. We all felt safe at all times.

Superb. 5 out of 5