Mtubatuba Community Tourism Organisation (MCTO) Profile

The Mtubatuba Community Tourism Organisation (MCTO) is the local tourism governing body that aims to assist local businesses as well as providing information to guests visting the St Lucia, Khula Village, Dukuduku, Monzi and Mtubatuba area.

We aim to develop and promote tourism in the District of Mtubatuba Muncicipality and to provide helpful information to guests visiting our area.

Our objectives include:
  • Signing up of New Members and Membership Updates,
  • Monitoring compliance to the District and Local Tourism policies,
  • Providing advice to Tourism businesses,
  • Coordination between local tourism businesses and the Mtuba Muncipality,
  • Coordinate workshop and training for those involved in local tourism,
  • Developing tourism initiatives,
  • The improvement of existing tourist attractions, and
  • Market and promote the area as a top tourist destination.

Organisation Contacts

  • Chairman: Colin Riley - 082 462 1573
  • Vice Chairman: Tom Ntombela - 072 466 4106
  • Treasurer: Elmerie Snyman - 035 590 1554
  • Secretary/Events: Amanda de Gaspary - 083 442 1896
  • Membership: Victoria Doyle - 083 792 7899
  • Membership: Ernest Nlambo - 072 762 7235
  • Marketing: Deon Steyn - 082 4689997



About the Area

"iSimangaliso must be the only place on the globe where the 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)"
Nelson Mandela


The Mtubatuba CTO region is the gateway to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Proclaimed in 1999 due to its awe inspiring beauty, ecological and historical importance, this 332, 000 hectare Park boasts the highest bird count in all of Southern Africa, the southern-most breeding spots for turtles in Africa, Africa's tallest forested dunes, the largest remaining stands of sand forest, the biggest peat beds in the Southern Hemisphere, vast wetlands as well as the worlds oldest protected estuary and Africa’s largest estuarine system; the iconic Lake St Lucia.

All of this runs alongside 220 kilometers of pristine beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, where turtles nest, whales often pass on their way to breed just a little further north in Mozambique and dolphins play in the surf.

The Park covers a mosaic of landforms that have created a vast array of biomes to support a very wide variety of animals (the big 5 including wild dog), plants and birds (526 species).

The UNESCO World Heritage status confirms that St Lucia, the only town in the world to be surrounded by a World Heritage Site and the surrounding areas are a place of unique splendor that deservedly rank’s alongside great icons of the globe.



Activities Available in the Area

The Mtubatuba CTO proudly claims that our area is the supreme tourist destination in South Africa. Perfect for adventurous traveller, those looking for relaxation or a splendid family holiday, there is an activity for everyone.

On the land
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Bird watching
  • Bowls at St Lucia
  • Chameleon Night drive
  • Crocodile Watching on estuary
  • Cultural Tour
  • Dolphin watching
  • Eastern Shores Night drives
  • Estuary fishing
  • Explore the biggest estuarine in the world
  • Fly fishing
  • Game drives and watching
  • Golf at Monzi
  • Hippo watching on estuary
  • Horse riding
  • Picnic spots
  • Shore Fishing - Rock and Surf
  • All species of bony and cartilaginous fish (excluding great whites and ragged tooth sharks) may be caught - excluding shad and galjoen in closed seasons. Shore fishing is permitted throughout the marine reserves excluding the Sanctuary areas.
  • Stargazing
  • Tennis at Monzi
  • Traditional Zulu music making and dancing
  • Traditional Zulu Story telling
  • Turtle Hatching/Nesting Tour
  • View highest vegetated dunes in Africa
  • Visit Bats Cave at Mission rocks
  • Visit Crocodile/Snake/Cycad Centre
  • Visit Jolly Robino (stranded ship)
  • Walking Trails
  • Whale watching

On the Estuary
  • Bird Watching
  • Crocodile and hippo tours
  • Estuary Fishing
  • Explore the biggest estuary in Africa
  • Kayaking
  • Star gazing
  • View the highest vegetated dunes in Africa

In/On the Indian Ocean
  • 40 mile deep sea tour
  • Bird watching
  • Boat based whale watching tour
  • Body Boarding
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Deep sea fishing
  • St Lucia has a ski-boat club, which controls all sea launches. Deep-sea fishing charters can also be arranged through the St Lucia Ski-boat Club
  • Free Diving
  • Dolphin sights
  • Reef Fishing
  • Snorkelling
  • Spear fishing
  • Star gazing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming and paddling in rivers, lagoons and lakes is not safe unless the area is free of bilharzia, hippos and crocodiles. Sea bathing is best undertaken on demarcated beaches. Beaches in the area are not protected by shark nets, and do not have lifeguards on duty. Please be sensible and exercise caution when bathing in the surf, as it is an exposed coastline that has dangerous currents
  • Turtle sights
  • View the highest vegetated sand dunes in Africa
  • Visit Jolly Rubino
Mtubatuba Community Tourism Organisation