A warm introduction to your friendly hosts @ Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat

Welcome to St Lucia, up the Elephant Coast, North of KwaZulu Natal! Spend your next Holiday at Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat. Experience Africa's big five game whilst enjoying top class luxury accommodation on the estuary of St Lucia. Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat offers affordable Bed and Breakfast accommodation in St Lucia

About us ...

A warm introduction to your friendly hosts at Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat

Alex, the proud Catalan, was born in the village of Vilafranca Del Penedès, near Barcelona. Being a member of the world champion human tower builders “Castellers De Vilafranca” played a very important role in his life and he did this with heart and soul. He studied architecture for a while but soon realized that he really wanted to work with aircrafts. A job opportunity arose in Brussels as an aircraft mechanic for Iberia which he did for a year to quickly move to Delta Air Lines, one of the best airlines in the world to maintain and repair their transatlantic fleet of aircrafts happily for the next 15 years. It was at Brussels airport that Alex and Ann crossed paths...

Ann was born and raised near Antwerp in Belgium. She studied languages and tourism, knowing in the back of her mind that one fine day she would move abroad. She started her career working as a Customer Services Agent for Singapore Airlines and spent her days making sure every single passenger that boarded that aircraft was happy. She fell in love with that funny Mediterranean mechanic she saw every day at the airport. Later on, at the European headquarters of Stanley Black & Decker, she managed the reception, did all-round admin work and organized staff events together with her colleague.

Ann and Alex soon realized they had the same passion for nature and wildlife and spent many years travelling around the world looking for the perfect spot to live their lives. Itineraries included several countries in Europe, USA, Canada, India, Australia, Mexico and Brazil but they lost their heart in Africa when visiting Uganda, Namibia, Botswana and of course...South Africa. South-Africa has it all: dramatic scenery, beaches, mountains, desert and of course...wildlife. No better place to go on a self-drive safari than in South-Africa. It didn’t take long for them to find exactly what they were looking for in the beautiful village St. Lucia with its ideal location between bush and beach, surrounded by animals and warm weather year round. In February 2015 they moved from Belgium to South Africa to take over Kwalucia Private Safari Retreat. It immediately clicked with the previous owners (and fellow-Belgians) Serge and Fabienne who shared the same passion for the South-African fauna and flora. They received a wonderful and detailed handover from Serge and Fabienne. They love every minute of it and never looked back!

Ann loves running and hiking and Alex is very much into photography. In their free time they love to go on safari in the nearby parks or discover the abundance of wildlife in their own garden.

Ann and Alex live on the property and manage the B&B themselves. They speak English, Dutch, French, Catalan and Spanish fluently but more importantly...they both strive for excellence in ALL that they do!

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.

~ Eleonora Duse