Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
41Trip End Nov 27, 2008
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We quickly moved out of our hostel to a holiday flat. It was 3 times the size of our NYC apt and was sparkling clean. The kicker was it was 65 rand (about $8)less than the crap hole we were staying at. We liked St. Lucia from the start-now we love St. Lucia!
There is a lot to love about St. Lucia. It is on what is called the "Elephant Coast", on the eastern coast of South Africa. It has the Indian Ocean to the east and the St. Lucia wetlands to the west. So you have beach and swampland within walking distance. We took a boat cruise through the St. Lucia Estuary and saw tons of crocs and hippos. The streets are full of exotic plant life and are very pretty to run through. Monkeys and meerkats roam the yards and streets.
Also very nearby is Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. We took a game drive and saw 4 of the big 5 (elephants, rhinos, lions, and buffalo ... but no leopards). We also saw lots of other animals including zebras, a hyena, warthogs, impalas, inyalas, and giraffes. A couple cool things we saw was dozens of vultures eating a carcass left by a lion, and a zebra with a fresh bloody scratch along its back where it was clawed by a lion. The park and St. Lucia was a very cool wildlife experience and the biltong pizza was awesome!