Mapelane Nature Reserve

Mapelane Nature Reserve is the southernmost reserve within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

KwaZulu Natal Game and Nature ReservesThe Mapelane Nature Reserve

Mapelane Nature Reserve is the southernmost reserve within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (previously known as Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park).

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.

Popular Activities in and near Mapelane Nature Reserve

Emoyeni Trail


This hike takes place in the Mfabeni section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park through what has been described as some of the most beautiful parts of the park. Four nights and five days take you through a diversity of terrain - from wetlands to...

More info and contact details: Emoyeni Trail

iSimangaliso Marine Protected Area

Where? St Lucia
iSimangaliso Wetland Park is the largest marine protected area (MPA) in South Africa. Up until February 2016 the country conserved roughly 21 Marine Protected Areas, when an announcement by the government outlined its intention to add a further...

More info and contact details: iSimangaliso Marine Protected Area

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