Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat, St Lucia Accommodation, KwaZulu-Natal

Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat

St Lucia Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

Cosiness, elegance and an African retreat within a world heritage site. Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat is a newly build exclusive African Safari Retreat born from the combination of the Zulu spirit and the passion for unspoiled wilderness.

Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat is the first 5 star B&B / Guesthouse nestled in the beautiful village of St Lucia, the only private 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, 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 mouth area to Santa Lucia.

The 19th century saw extensive hunting for ivory, rhino horn and hippo. 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 a area of 332 000 hectares . (Formely the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park).

iSimangaliso means in Zulu“Miracle or wonder” , the words used by uJeqe, uShaka's herbalist who entered this region in 1828 to report seeing “miracles and beauty in the land of the Thonga”. Since uJeqe gazed upon it, the land that surprised him was voted in 1999 the first of the 8 declared World heritage site in South Africa by United Nations Educational, scientific & cultural organization: UNESCO.


At Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat we tailor make each booking to create an experience perfectly suited to your desires and requirements.

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

Suites are furnished with comfortable, extra-long twin beds. The twin beds can, on request, be converted into a king size bed by adding a thick quilted king size mattress protector.

All suites are equipped with bar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, air conditioning, ceiling fans, wall safe, hairdryer and WiFi access point.

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.

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 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.

Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat 2016 Rates:*Rates are subject to change without prior notice

01 November 2014 - 31 October 2015

Rates are quoted per person per night and includes a healthy Country Style Breakfast, which includes hot breakfast, teas, coffee, juices and water

Sharing: ZAR 925
Single: ZAR 1175

01 November 2015 - 31 October 2016

Rates are quoted per person per night and includes a healthy Country Style Breakfast, which includes hot breakfast, teas, coffee, juices and water

Sharing: ZAR 970
Single: ZAR 1235


  1. All rates are inclusive 14% VAT and in (ZAR) South African Rand.
  2. Rates exclude laundry service
  3. During our high season (15 Dec - 10 Jan) prices increase by 10%.
  4. Rates are subject to change without prior notice, however rates quoted for confirmed booking (50% deposit on reservation) will be honored.
  5. Airport shuttle from & to Richards Bay can be arranged: price available on request.
  6. Packages: price available on request.
  7. Tour operators and agents rates available on request.
  8. Check-in time is from 14H - Check-out time is before 10 o'clock.
  9. Please note as courtesy to other guest, no smoking is permitted in the suites, dining room and lounge,however these are smoking facilities on the private patios etc


A deposit of 50% of the total accommodation charges is required to confirm a provisional reservation. For bookings during our high season period (15 Dec - 10 Jan) a full payment is required upon reservation


Our cancellations or non arrival policy is as follow:

  1. 4 weeks before arrival 50% of full amount is forfeited
  2. 2 weeks before arrival 75% of full amount is forfeited
  3. 1 week or less before arrival 100% of full amount is forfeited

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-22.335508, 29.980402

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ZAR 925
  • 12
17 Katonkel Av, 3936, St Lucia Estuary, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
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