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Fast Facts on the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Lake St Lucia is Africa’s largest estuary
The greatest congregation of hippo and crocodiles in South Africa
The last significant breeding ground for the giant leatherback and loggerhead turtles
8 interlinking ecosystems
3 major lake systems
350 kms of water surface
220 kms of coastline and beaches
190 kms of marine reserve
100 species of coral
1 200 species of fish
25 000 year old coastal dunes
700 years of traditional fish traps
36 snake species
80 dragonfly species
110 butterfly species
526 bird species

iSimangaliso Wetland Park Map

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

 

Kosi Bay – Kosi Bay consists of four lakes linked by a network of channels. The Kosi estuary offers extraordinary snorkeling possibilities and is one of the world’s top fly-fishing destinations. Traditional fishing practices dating back 700 years are still handed down from one generation to the next. This is the only place where all South Africa’s mangrove varieties and the only stand of naturally occurring Raphia palms occur.

Coastal Forest – Obtainable only by off-road vehicles, this section of the Park includes the breathtaking beaches of Mabibi, Island Rock, Rocktail Bay and Black Rock. Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular things to do. Large Strelitzias and stunning dune vistas are a feature of this section of the Park.

Lake Sibaya – Sibaya is South Africa’s largest fresh-water lake. Tucked against forested coastal dunes, its amazingly clear waters are home to KwaZulu-Natal’s second largest population of hippo and crocodiles.

Sodwana Bay – Sodwana Bay is rated as one of the top rated dive destinations in the world. The coral reefs include over 1200 species of fish as well as a variety of marine seascapes and marine flora and fauna. The Coelacanth was identified in the deep Jesser Canyon offshore from Sodwana Bay in 2000.

uMkhuze – More than 420 species of birds can be found in this 38 500-hectare bird-lovers’ haven! Leopard, black and white rhino, elephant, giraffe, wild dog, cheetah, hyena and numerous antelope are also to be seen. A guided walk through the Sycamore Fig Forest and a visit to the Nsumo Pan are most popular activities for visitors to uMkhuze.

False Bay – This region includes sand forest, thornveld and open savannah. Popular activities here include boating and fishing.

Western Shores and Charters Creek – See elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, as well as giraffe, tsessebe and other antelope species – or sit back and enjoy panoramic views of Lake St Lucia and the Eastern Shore dunes.

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Lake St Lucia – Lake St Lucia is Africa’s largest estuarine system. It is 80 kms long and 23 kms wide at its largest point. Home to over 800 hippos and 1200 crocodiles, this vibrant system hosts large flocks of pelicans, flamingos, ducks, waders and a wide range of fish and other aquatic species.

Eastern Shores and Cape Vidal – The Eastern Shores is the ideal beach and safari desired destination. A number of game viewing tracks offer intimate access to varied habitats including dunes, grassland, lakes, pans and coastal dune forest. Lookout points provide panoramic vistas over a landscape shaped by human residence in Iron Age times and by the Bhangazi people. Popular beach locations are found at Cape Vidal and Mission Rocks.

Maphelane – Maphelane is a popular base for fishermen and nature lovers. There are two self-guided trails: one tracks the edge of the estuary while the other ascends the dunes to offer spectacular views of the ocean and river mouth. The Maphelane dune, at 183m, is iSimangaliso’s highest vegetated dune.

So as you can see there is so much action packed adventure in this part of this top 10 world rated location its just a must see on your trip to St Lucia South Africa.

We offer tour packages on all of this great wonder of the world. And isimangaliso wetland park accommodation.

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Follow Quentin Muir:

Owner Of Heritage Tours & Safaris

Back in 1999 Quentin & Mandy Muir traveled to St Lucia on vacation, on the first day of arriving in the area it was decided to move to this magnificent part of South Africa. The beauty, wildlife and Ocean had made its mark.The couple entered into a partnership and purchased a lodge in the center of St Lucia the first world heritage site within the borders of South Africa. Heritage Tours & Safaris ultimately prevailed over the lodge and since has grown in leaps and bounds.