About iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Previously known as the St Lucia Wetland Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park lies on the north eastern edge of KwaZulu-Natal in the sublimely beautiful region known as the Elephant Coast.

Did you know? The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is so biodiverse, it supports more species of animal than the Kruger National Park, despite being only the third largest park in the country.

The incredibly beautiful series of beaches, coral reefs, lakes, swamps, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands that stretch all the way from Kosi Bay, virtually on the Mozambican border, to Cape St Lucia in the south collectively form the first of eight South African UNESCO World Heritage sites.

There is a wealth of diversity of bird and animal life that ranges from whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and incredible waterfowl - such as storks, pelicans, terns and herons; well over 500 South African bird species including the Madagascar fish eagle, the Nile crocodile, South Africa’s largest hippo population, elephant, black and white rhino, giraffe, buffalo and a range of antelope that includes waterbuck, impala and kudu.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park includes Lake St Lucia, the St Lucia and Maputaland Marine Reserves, the Coastal Forest Reserve, the Kosi Bay Natural Reserve and Mkuze Game Reserve – no fewer than 328 000 hectares of pristine natural ecosystems, and the country’s third largest protected land mass.

A considerable part of the park centres on the huge estuary, Lake St Lucia – part of the largest estuarine system in Africa - that runs parallel to the coast line with the world’s highest forested sand dunes sandwiched between the estuary and the sea.

The park is one of South Africa’s most popular destinations, and, aside from the numerous hiking trails, offers fishing, rock and surf fishing, estuary fishing and deep sea fishing, as well as diving, horse riding, game viewing and whale and bird watching.

For additional information please see Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park and iSimangaliso Wetland Park, WHS.

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WhereiSimangaliso Wetland Park, St Lucia, Elephant Coast, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

WhenBest during daylight hours.

OvernightStay in St Lucia Accommodation, KwaZulu Natal

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