St Lucia History

Kings Palace, St Lucia Accommodation South Africa – St Lucia History 

St Lucia is a small holiday town nestled between the Indian Ocean and St Lucia Estuary, the ideal vacation grounds for the nature lover who wants to get away from the busy city life. It is situated in what is to be considered the oldest, third largest park and the first Natural World Heritage Site in South Africa.

Lake St Lucia is a saltwater lake and stretches 64km inland with an approximate depth of only 1m. Many animals can be found around the lake area, such as: 

Hippo, Crocodile, Many fish species, Terrestrial and migrating birds, Rhino, Elephant, Leopard, Cheetah, Many buck species, to mention but a few! 

Leatherback and Loggerhead Turtles use our 280km of shoreline as nesting grounds. Turtle season is from November to February. 

Migrating Whales also pass along our shoreline. These Gentle Giants travel from the south to the north and can be seen during the June to November months. 

History of St Lucia South Africa

Iron Age man first ruled the Eastern Shores of St Lucia and later the area was home for two tribes being the Lalas and the Tongas. They had called it CWEBENI LAS ENTLENGENI which means The lagoon of rafts. The Portuguese on the other hand called it RIO DE MEDAOS DE OURO which means The River of downs of gold. 

During 1575 a Portuguese explorer named Manuel Prestrello arrived in the area on the feast of St Lucy. He then renamed the area Santa Lucia in honour of the Saint.  

On the 16th of April 1897, under the provisions of Section 14 of Zululand Proclamation no. 11, His Excellency the Governor declares this area a game reserve, which makes this the oldest game reserve in Africa. 

St Lucia is part of the Unesco World Heritage Site List 

A World Heritage Site is listed by the World Heritage Convention, a body established by UNESCO (United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization). The Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park was declared a World Heritage Site on 1 December 1999.  

St Lucia South Africa Climate 

Sub-tropical with hot summers especially from January to March during which time rain can generally be expected. Winters are mild.