About Mapelane Nature Reserve

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

Did you know? The reserve is an enchanting one offering splendid walks through tropical forest and bush.

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.

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WhereMapelane Nature Reserve, iSimangaliso 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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