Turtle Bay Lodge
Turtle Bay Lodge Guest House and B&B is located in the beautiful town of St Lucia on the Zululand coast of KwaZulu-Natal. St Lucia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and for good reason – the area boasts one of the largest estuaries in the world and is home to an incredible range of wildlife species, including hippos, crocodiles and a variety of bird and marine life. There are also a number of gorgeous beaches, coastal forests, rolling grasslands and game parks to explore in the region.
Turtle Bay Lodge Guest House and B&B is situated in a quiet suburb of St Lucia, just one kilometre from the estuary, and is within walking distance from the town centre. In the town itself, there are a variety of restaurants and shops for your convenience. We provide complimentary welcome drinks on arrival, so that you can ease into the holiday mood. Your hosts, Jan and Fiona, will provide you with information and maps for the area and show you around the beautiful grounds. Located in a luscious tropical garden, our guesthouse has a swimming pool and a cocktail bar for our guests to enjoy after a day of exploring.
Our Honeymoon suite and Luxury rooms have king size beds and the double rooms have queen size beds, all come with en-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi, secure parking, laundry services and airconditioning. A full English breakfast is served every morning and includes a sumptuous selection of fresh fruits, yoghurts, cereals, bacon, eggs, toasts, jams, juices, tea and coffee. DSTV is available in the lounge and bar area.
Our staff is also happy to help with any excursion bookings you may be interested in – there are a diverse range of activities available in the area, from horse riding and kayak trips, to boat cruises and bush and beach safaris. Please don’t hesitate to speak to one of our staff members if you need help arranging an activity.
For those interested in deep-sea fishing, we offer a charter service on a 24ft sports fishing boat. Our boat is equipped with a comfortable cabin, microwave and toilet facilities.
About Turtle Bay Lodge Guest House and B&B
Turtle Bay Lodge Guest House and B&B is run by Jan and Fiona, who are both passionate anglers and have earned their provincial colours for fishing. Jan and Fiona have released 36 and 35 billfish respectively in local and international waters. Together they have tagged and released 42 sailfish in Kenya, 8 sailfish in Guatemala, and 4 bluefin tuna ranging from 700 to 800 pounds in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Locally, the pair has caught 24 billfish from their own boat. In 2011, they won the prestigious Billfish 15000 competition in Sodwana when they caught a total of 7 billfish in a week.
With a passion for fishing, it was a natural progression for the couple to leave their home in the inland, and move to the coast to live their dream. In July 2016 Jan and Fiona moved from Pretoria to settle in St Lucia. Here, they have fallen in love with the tropical climate and the beautiful surroundings, and are passionate about sharing their home with guests from all around the world. They are happy to offer any travel advice you may need, and can help arrange fishing trips, as well as a variety of other activities in and around St Lucia so that you can fully explore the unique and diverse ecosystem of the area.
Jan and Fiona will make every effort to make your stay as relaxing as possible. They pride themselves on the quality and comfort of their guesthouse, and want their guests to enjoy their home as much as they do. The couple has travelled extensively, and know first-hand what travellers need for a pleasant and memorable stay. All you need to do is relax, have a dip in the pool, taste a homemade cocktail, and enjoy the tropical setting!
Jan is the son of Dutch immigrants, so he is able to speak Dutch as well as English and Afrikaans.
Accommodation at Turtle Bay Lodge, St. Lucia
We have a range of comfortable rooms to choose from. Our three luxury en-suite rooms have a patio overlooking the pool area, while our three double en-suite rooms are spacious and luxuriously furnished. Our honeymoon suite has a private entrance and patio. Our rooms come with with 100% Percale Cotton bedding, en-suite bathroom with shower, free Wi-Fi and secured parking.
Things To Do
Big 5 Safari
The Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park is around 55km which is ± 45 minutes drive from St Lucia. The Big 5 Safari includes - lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard which can all be seen in the park, as well as a variety of other species, including cheetah, wild dog and giraffe.
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is home to some of South Africa’s best birding species. These areas host a range of endemics such as Neergard’s Sunbird, Rudd’s Apalis, Woodward’s Batis and Lemon-breasted Canary.
Cape Vidal is renowned for it's untouched beaches and sport fishing. It holds the distinction of allowing visitors access to both the Africa Wildlife, such as the white rhino, as well as the Marine life of the Indian Ocean Coast.
The coelacanth was thought be extinct more than 70 million years ago. These fish were only recently discovered, in the St Lucia Wetland Park Marine Coast.
The Crocodile Centre offers an exciting and informative outing for visitors. Enjoy a guided tour conducted by a SATOUR registered guide who works closely with crocodiles every day. The Centre now hosts an remarkable collection of snake species.
Tour of the St Lucia village and the surroundings on Mountain Bikes. Your guide will have comprehensive knowledge of common birds, estuary ecology, forest and grassland ecology.
For the South African locals, St Lucia is traditionally famous for it's fishing activities. The estuary and marine life is very rich and diverse making fishing an extremely popular activity along the entire St Lucia Coastline and the Estuary System.
The Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal
St Lucia lies within The Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal South Africa. Elephants, Rhino and Lion, Whales, Turtles and Marlin, Warm Indian Ocean, Pristine Blonde Beaches, Sub-Tropical Climate, are some of the terms connected within this area.
St Lucia Estuary Cruise
How about a relaxed boat trip down the St Lucia Estuary, where you can watch the passing fish eagles, hippos, crocodiles and goliath herons against a setting of mangrove swamps while you sip a drink.
St Lucia Wetlands
In 1999 UNESCO declared iSimangaliso (The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park), a Natural World Heritage Site. The park, surrounding five major ecosystems, is affectionately referred to as a ecological paradise and is home to a diversity of wildlife, birds, plants, insects, fish, reptiles and scenic beauty.
Bhangazi Horse Safaris offers beach and Safari rides in the St Lucia Wetlands where close encounters with the game is assured. The Park is home to many antelope, zebra, wildebeest, elephant, buffalo, rhino and more.
For the keen adventurer who wants to kayak amongst the Hippos and Crocs on the St Lucia Estuary. Please note this is not for the faint hearted.
Safari Night Drive
A 2-3 hour Safari Night Drive in an open game drive vehicle. See the nocturnal wildlife that are only active at night. Sightings include Hippopotamus (out of the water), bushbabies and even the elusive leopard.
St. Lucia Sports
For the Sporting visitor, St Lucia offers Squash and Bowls, in the village and Tennis and Golf at the nearby Monzi Country Club.
St. Lucia Beaches
St Lucia is in a sub-tropical climate, experiencing ± 300 days of sunshine a year. This together with the warm Indian Ocean and St Lucia's pristine blonde beaches makes for a wonderful beach adventure.
During the turtle season you have the unique opportunity to view the gigantic Leatherback and smaller Loggerhead Turtles beach, at their ancestral nesting ground - bringing forth a new generation.
St Lucia area has been subject to minimal human interference so hikers have the opportunity to experience natural landscapes which are undisturbed by man. Good chance of sighting small antelope, zebra, and bush pig. Bird life is plentiful.
Boat based whale watching tour. From July to November, the Humpback and Southern Wright whale dwell in the St Lucia waters, during their annual migration to mate and calf. Whale sightings guaranteed or your money back.
Zulu Cultural Tour at Khula Village
A tour of the Khula Zulu Village will give you an summary of current Zulu life with visits to schools, churches, Zulu dancing and a taste of Zulu beer. This combined with a visit to the traditional Sangoma, which is also known as a witch doctor.
- Awards & Accreditations As Claimed By The Establishment
- Tourism Grading - 4 Stars
- air conditioner
- bar/cocktail lounge
- communal TV lounge
- free toiletries
- golf (less than 5km)
- hair dryer
- laundry facilities onsite
- linen & towels provided
- outdoor pool
- parking all onsite
- restaurant (walking distance)
- wi-fi / hotspot