Lidiko Lodge, St Lucia Isimangaliso Wetland Park
“Umuzi ngumuzi ngokuphanjukelwa” A Zulu proverb translated: “A home is a home if it is visited”, meaning people will not visit a home where hospitality is not offered. The lodge is truly South African, both in ambiance, personality and hospitality. Together with their well trained team they deliver excellent personal service to all the guests. Where else in Africa, let alone the rest of the world, do you have such an abundance of wild life; the warm Indian Ocean with unspoilt beaches; an authentic Zulu Culture; a little village offering all creature comforts; great weather all year round; no malaria; safety and security to name but a few. In order to keep the lodge personal, exclusive and hands on the lodge only sleeps 36 people in the 16 individual rooms. There are 911 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. 704 of these are Cultural Sites, a further 144 are Natural Sites and 27 are Mixed World Heritage Sites. iSimangaliso Wetland Park surrounds the village of St Lucia and was chosen as South Africa’s very first World Heritage site.
It is home to the greatest congregation of hippo and crocodiles in South Africa with more than a 1000 hippos and more than 2000 crocodiles. The hippos frequently visit the village of St Lucia and guests have often encountered them walking down the main road! It is home to elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, various antelope and buck, hyena, monkey…..not to forget chameleon, dung beetle and all the little creatures that make the African bush such an unforgettable experience. Leopards are frequently spotted in the village; the monkeys and mongoose have fixed addresses in the village and so do the red duiker and the bushbuck, not forgetting the hippos. Our guests often have more en-suite than bargained for.
As former president Nelson Mandela declared: “St Lucia Wetland Park (iSimangaliso 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 an ecosystem with the world’s oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world’s biggest marine mammal (the whale).” The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is South Africa’s third largest park, comprising of 328 000 hectares and 280 km of coastline and 3 major lake systems. Lake St Lucia is Africa’s largest Estuary, approximately 85 km long.
Unesco World Heritage Site!