About Elephant Lake Inn
The Elephant Lake Inn is located in the town of St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal, surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first World Heritage Site. St Lucia is 25km from the main N2 route between Durban and Swaziland, 75km south from Hluhluwe town and 80km north of Richards Bay.
The Inn boasts with 34 modern, en-suite, air-conditioned rooms. All rooms are equipped with flat screen TV’s and selected DStv channels, tea / coffee making facilities, electronic wall safes; hair dryer and full range of bathroom amenities.
The Inn has two levels. The ground level has 16 rooms, all with a private patio leading out to a sparkling pool and indigenous garden, an outdoor breakfast Lapa and braai area. The upper level has 18 rooms overlooking the pool and indigenous garden. Individual braai’s are available for guest private use.
Full English buffet breakfasts are served from 07h00 - 09h30 daily. Dinners are served from 18h00 - 21h00 (on request only). Soft drinks are available for purchase at the Inn - no alcohol is sold at the Inn. Guests do however have easy access to all restaurants, bars and liquor stores within St Lucia.
Guests and groups accommodated at the Inn may also make use of the restaurant and bar facilities at the Elephant Lake Hotel.
Elephant Lake Safaris is the resident safari and activities provider that offer preferential rates and services to guest and clients of the Elephant Lake Hotel. With the ideal location of the hotel, guests have a vast range of activities to choose from, all which could be booked and arranged by the hotel:
• Big 5 open vehicle safaris in Hluhluwe / iMfolozi Game Reserve
• Game drives in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (en route to Cape Vidal)
• Catalina Bay sundowner drive
• Whale watching - seasonal
• Turtle tours - seasonal
• Boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary, world renowned for the excellent hippo, crocodile and bird viewing
• Kayaking on the St Lucia Estuary
• Guided walking trails
• Self guided walking trails
• Snorkelling at Cape Vidal
• Deep sea fishing
• Fly fishing
• Night drives
• Marine mammal experience
• Community operated Zulu cultural village
• Crocodile centre
• Arts and crafts
Elephant Lake Safaris also offer shuttle services locally in and around the town of St Lucia as well as nearby attractions. Airport transfers are also provided to and from Richards Bay Airport, Mkuze Airport and King Shaka International Airport.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Excursions to the Eastern shores of iSimangaliso Wetland Park is highly recommended as it is South Africa’s first natural world heritage site, iSimangaliso or in English - ‘place of wonder and miracles’ is an exceptional place that is extremely rich in fauna and flora, World War II history, Zulu culture and is a prime example of conservation and preservation.
iSimangaliso is reclaimed from human interference as decades old pine and eucalyptus forests were removed to allow natural forests and grass lands to once again flourish, bringing back the prolific wildlife from yesteryear. With the entrance gate a mere 2km away from St Lucia town, iSimangaliso is accessible to all types of vehicles as the 35 km road to the Cape Vidal beach is tarred all the way.
Along the route to the beach there are numerous link and scenic roads that could be taken, these roads are all hard surface gravel roads and once again all vehicle friendly with the exception of tour coaches. General game viewing is superb with three of the Big 5 present (leopard, white rhino and buffalo) and with a wealth of bird life present across the five eco-systems.
Guests are assured to enjoy the outstanding natural values that include exceptional biodiversity, ecological processes and superlative beauty. Fact is, there are very few places left in the world where guest can enjoy game viewing and a swim in the Indian Ocean ... all within three hours!
iSimangaliso is truly a unique place and stand true to the wise words of Madiba, South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela. Madiba said - ‘the Wetland Park must be the only place on the globe where the world’s oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world’s biggest terrestrial mammal (the elephant) share and ecosystem with the world’s oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world’s biggest marine mammal (the whale).
Guests can also enjoy a day on the unspoilt beaches, swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean or just simply stroll through town exploring all the interesting shops, restaurants arts and crafts on offer.