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Bloomestate Luxury Retreat / Guesthouse

Swellendam, Western Cape  



Lily Pond Country Lodge  

Plettenberg Bay / Nature's Valley, Western Cape.


An idyllic retreat of peaceful lily ponds and indigenous forest, this architect-designed lodge is a balm for the soul, with its light and airy spaces that frame the mountains and beauty of nature all around. Situated near Tsitsikamma National Park.  


iSimangaliso Wetlands Park

St Lucia and our guesthouse are surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, new name for the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park, since December 1999 an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Because of the intensive relationship between our village and this magnificent and unique park ('it's our back garden'), it's obvious our guests will visit the park. The authority of the park is continuously busy with new projects to improve the ecological conditions for a durable conservation. 


Fact in numbers:

  • Lake St Lucia is Africa's largest estuary
  • largest number of hippos and crocodiles in SA
  • last significant breeding ground for the giant leatherback and loggerhead turtles
  • 8 interlinking ecosystems
  • 3 major lake systems
  • 350 km of water surface
  • 220 km of coastline and beaches
  • 190 km of marine reserve
  • 100 species of coral
  • 1.200 species of fish
  • 25.000 years old coastal dunes
  • 700 years of traditional fish traps
  • 36 snake species
  • 80 dragonfly species
  • 110 butterfly species
  • 526 bird species


Birdlife in KwaZuluNatal (KZN)

South Africa has an extremely extensive birdlife. In KwaZuluNatal are several birdingroutes incl. St Lucia (Zulu Birding Routes).


KZN Wildlife

The whole region is dominatede by nature for a long time. The number of nature and game reserves is convincing. A lot of new developments are under construction even transfrontier in co-operation with Swasiland and Mozambique e.g. the 3 Lubombo Routes which connects Kruger Park area with the Elephant Coast / St Lucia area. Hereby Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife is a very active key player (supplier management rof eserves).




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