The Mapelane Nature Reserve is situated on the south bank of the Umfolozi River where it enters the sea, opposite the little village of St Lucia. The reserve is an enchanting one offering splendid walks through tropical forest and bush.
The warm waters in the Mapelane Reserve are excellent for ski boating and surf fishing. Try your hand at spear and deep-sea fishing and hunt for mussels, oysters and crayfish in the rocky intertidal pools and if you still have energy left, hike the self-guided Umphafa Trail.
A birders delight - nearly 200 bird species have been recorded in the Mapelane Nature Reserve. Wildlife you can expect to see in the forest include small buck, monkey, mongoose and red squirrel and hippo and crocodile are prevelant at the estuary's edge.
With 20 National Parks, including two of the world's most famous wildlife reserves, the Kruger National Park and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, and numerous private game reserves, your trip to South Africa would be incomplete without experiencing a South African Safari.