Where better than to hold a seminar in South Africa about the environmental concerns of game fishing than St Lucia, an popular destination for sport fishermen from South Africa as well as internationals. St Lucia is a few hundred kilometres north of Durban and just south east of the Swaziland border. There are several local charter companies that accommodate tourists and game fishermen seeking the thrill of hunting Marlin, Dorado and other big game fish, however the impact of this industry on the delicate ocean ecosystems will put under the spotlight in the St Lucia Game Fishing Conference.
St. Lucia is surrounded by a lush paradise, beautiful beaches and bush that can provide you with the ultimate African safari experience. The Isimangaliso, St Lucia Wetland Park is also one of South Africa’s first natural world heritage sites. Travel packages for the area and discounted rates on accommodation can be arranged through Ashanti Backpackers Cape Town .The area of St. Lucia park extends into three different countries: Swaziland, Mozambique and of course South Africa. Many activities allow you to view the beauty of the Estuary, mangroves and islands. The Park is also a bird watchers paradise with many different bird species. You will also get to see some other wild life in the area.
One of the best ways to experience the Wetlands is to go on one of the adventurous kayaking safaris. The waterways you glide through offer sightings of Crocodiles, Hippos and Fish Eagles. The experienced guides will make your journey even more enjoyable by informing you all about the area and keeping you safe. Hippo’s can be quite dangerous so it is a good idea not to venture out alone without a knowledgeable guide. You can experience your kayaking safari adventure from anything that takes one hour to a full day adventure.
No experience is required to enjoy this activity, but anybody who does venture out onto the water must be older than 12 years. Surrounded by Mangroves and the peaceful sound of nature, this is something to experience especially if you need to get away from it all. A more romantic trip would be to take your significant other on a beautiful sunset paddle on the St Lucia Estuary. The St Lucia Fishing Conference will address primarily the environmental impact of game fishing in St Lucia.
The St Lucia Estuary has two camping grounds where you can set up your own tents or park your caravan. The first things I look for, they do provide modern ablutions that give you hot and cold running water. The kids will love the swimming pool and the whole family can enjoy a day out at the picnic facilities available.
There are many other things to do in St Lucia, so if you are not the water type then why not try one of these activities instead:
- Horse Riding: Spectacular views and unspoilt beaches, the novice or experienced rider can enjoy beach rides over white sands or take a Game Ride in the nature Reserve. On the game ride you may see Zebra, Warthog or Impala. A little less stressful than viewing Crocodiles and Hippo’s up close in a kayak.
- Estuary Boat cruises: where you don’t have to paddle on your own. The boat ride makes sure you get close to the Estuary’s local residents without the risk.
- Whale watching: Join an experienced crew on the waves as you head out to find a Humpback Whale. Make sure you book this experience from mid-May to mid-December; this is the time when the whales make their annual migration past this part of the coast line.
- Visit the popular Cape Vidal, experience the tranquillity of snorkelling in the clear waters.
- Fishing: St Lucia is definitely the destination to head to if you love fishing. Cast off from the beach or take a small boat and cruise the lake to find your perfect fishing spot.
Not into the whole camping experience, St Lucia has plenty of alternative accommodation for you to choose from. The self-catering Lai Lai log cabins offer a peaceful and comfortable stay. The cabins are also ideally located close to the beach and the St Lucia Estuary. Be sure to check out the tours on offer at the travel centre section of Ashanti Lodge Cape Town Backpackers.
Looking for more luxury accommodation, travel and find your way to the Amazulu Lodge. The Lodge has been given a four star rating and offers all that stay here a true Zulu African experience.