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The ideal destination to start exploring St. Lucia

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The St.Lucia EcoLodge is nestled between the St. Lucia Estuary, the Indian Ocean and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and is an ideal point from which to explore South Africa’s first World Heritage Site. The region is blessed with an all round summer, making it comfortable throughout the year.

The St. Lucia EcoLodge has been a favourite with South African and overseas leisure and business visitors for the past eighteen years. A lodge of this nature is a rare find on the sought after Elephant Coast of KwaZulu-Natal and is within easy reach of the major cities and the newly booming metropolitan areas of Richards Bay and Empangeni.

The lodge adjoins the rich diversity of Zululand's wetland lakes and forests, while the sea and game reserves are a mere stones throw away. In fact hippo, leopard and a myriad of smaller mammals are residents or frequent visitors to the gardens of St Lucia!



St. Lucia EcoLodge offers 29 fully air-conditioned units, each with large bedrooms, full bathroom, lounge, fully kitted out kitchenette, TV and veranda or balcony. Enjoy our warm, extremely comfortable and relaxed home-from-home atmosphere.

Accommodation choices are bed and breakfast or self-catering.

  • We have 29 en-suite units in varying configurations.

  • Conference groups are easily accommodated. Our beautiful lodge sleeps 72 guests in comfort!

  • Bed and breakfast or self-catering.

  • Each unit has its own private entrance and balcony.

  • Units are serviced daily.

  • Every room has a ceiling fan and is air conditioned for your comfort.

  • There is a TV in each unit 

  • Each room has a hair dryer

  • We offer 24 hour check-in

  • There is a safe in each room

  • Each unit has a tea and coffee station

  • Ample secure parking on the premises


We have six ground level and six upstairs Garden View suites. They all have twin beds, an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, a fully equipped kitchen and a private veranda overlooking lush, indigenous, tropical gardens. (Double bed available on request subject to availability).



We have three Bed & Breakfast rooms on the ground level and one upstairs. All have twin beds except for one which has a double bed. Each room features an

en-suite bathroom with bath and/or shower and a private veranda. No kitchen.



The two ground level Ocean View suites each feature a King bed, while the two upstairs Ocean View suites each feature a four-poster King bed.


All our Ocean View suites have an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, fully equipped kitchenette and private veranda overlooking the iSimangaliso Wetlands Forest, the estuary, the beautiful Indian Ocean and Mapelane in the distance.



Our Eco Cottages are large, luxury suites featuring either a King (can be converted to Twin) or a Queen bed, an en-suite with bath and/or shower, a large living area and fully equipped kitchen.

A large veranda with a 180° views of the iSimangaliso Wetlands Forest and the beautiful Indian Ocean in the distance completes the picture of total serenity. Eco Cottage 2 and 3 have an interleading door. Eco Cottage 5 features an additional bunk bed to accommodate children under 10.



The Family Studio features Twin beds and a bunk bed, a bathroom with bath and shower, fully equipped kitchenette and private veranda overlooking lush, indigenous, tropical gardens.

(Double bed available on request subject to availability).



We have four Family suites with two bedrooms per unit. Each bedroom features a private veranda overlooking lush, indigenous, tropical gardens, an en-suite bathroom with bath and/or shower and a fully equipped kitchen and living area. Three of our Family suites have bunk beds in the upstairs bedroom making them suitable to accommodate six people. Please note that this a double story building with bedroom/s accessible by stairs only. (Twin to double bed conversion available on request and subject to availability).



Swimming Pool


Cool down in our sparkling pool after a day on safari, at the beach or after a hippo cruise.

Daily Braai

We make a braai fire every night. Braai with us or use our coals on your own private patio braai.

Free WiFi

We have free WiFi throughout the lodge and in all our rooms.

Book a Tour

Shakabarker excursions conveniently depart from reception every day.

Delicious Breakfast

Enjoy a full breakfast at our Bistro overlooking our lush indigenous garden.

Our Verdant Garden

Wake up to bird song from our beautiful garden overlooking the warm Indian Ocean.


A travel desk | Airport transfers | Safe parking | Medical services nearby | A laundry service 

Special functions, weddings or birthday parties | A telephone and mailing service | A back up generator | Babysitting services | Wheelchair friendly access | Wake-up calls | Airport transfers

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The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a United Nations World Heritage Site located on the Indian Ocean coast of South Africa near the borders with Mozambique and Swaziland. The park encompasses several different conservation areas centered on Lake St. Lucia, it’s tidal estuary, neighbouring game reserves and the St. Lucia Marine Reserve which extends offshore into the Mozambique Straight.


Kian Barker, owner of The St. Lucia EcoLodge and Shakabarker Tours will be your guide as you explore the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park and surrounds. Kian is a passionate and knowledgable raconteur with many years of experience under his belt. Whether it’s a hippo and croc cruise, a night safari or a tour to Cape Vidal you are longing for, Shakabarker Tours has many options on offer.

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St. Lucia Eco Lodge - Kian - Conference


The St. Lucia EcoLodge and Conference Centre is situated in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Natural World Heritage Site - an easy two and a half hour drive from Durban. The entertainment and team building opportunities for delegates here are endless!

  •    Conference reception and welcome lounge. 

  •    Accommodation for up to 72 delegates with overflows in the neighbouring guest houses.

  •    A 100 seater conference venue and a secondary 48 seater conference venue.

  •    The Hog ’n’ Hippo Bistro, seating 80 delegates for all events or banquets.

  •    Executive lounge with bar and upstairs viewing deck.

  •    Free WiFi.

  •    Disabled access.

  •    Tranquil setting in the indigenous garden.


  •    Team Building Facilitator

  •     Hippo and Croc Boat Tours

  •     Night Drive Safaris

  •     Kayaking

  •     Birdwatching

  •     Horse Riding

  •     Fishing

  •     Cycling

  •     Crocodile Centre

  •     Scuba Diving and Snorkelling

  •     Golf, Tennis and Bowls

  •     Turtle Tours (summer)

  •     Cultural Tours

  •     Whale Watching (winter)

  •     Big Five Game Reserves


Whether you are looking for an exclusive, refined and intimate indoor venue or a lush outdoor garden setting, The St. Lucia EcoLodge will cater for your every need with personalised attention at affordable prices.


We are provide a professional and personal service experience ensuring a unique, magical and memorable day for you and your guests. Our in-house event organisers will ensure that every detail of your special day is catered for.