Lidiko lodge is a lodge with personality. The charming thatched roof colonial building, which today houses the reception area, guest lounge and art gallery, was one of the first residences to be built in St.Lucia in the “County of Zululand” in the late 1930’s. The two family/triple rooms are also part of the original building.
It remained a private residence until 2004 when it was converted into a lodge.
Doors salvaged from the wreck of the S.S.Timavo were built into the original building of the lodge in the early 1940’s. The Timavo was a 7500-ton passenger liner owned by the Italian Loyd Triestino Company. During World War 2, on the morning of 10 June 1940, Italy declared war on the Allies. TheTimavo was in Durban Harbor and slipped out to sea in an attempt to reach Mozambique, which was a neutral country. South Africa declared war on Italy on 11 June 1940. Early that morning the Timavo was spotted beyond Leven Point, north of Cape Vidal. The patrol aircraft signaled the Timavo to stop. The ship’s Captain decided to run his ship ashore, rather than have it captured by the British. The crew abandoned their ship and walked north making for Mozambique.
Fourteen custom-built luxury en-suite garden rooms were added. In keeping with the African Colonial atmosphere of the original building, the lodge has been decorated in a unique contemporary Afro- Colonial style.
Whether you are staying in the well-appointed rooms of the lodge or having high tea in the garden under the age-old trees, we hope you will enjoy your visit to this special place in the very special village of St.Lucia surrounded by the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, an UNESCO World Heritage site.