Situated only 54km from the impressive Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve lies the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, this South Africa’s first World Heritage Site since 1999 (Unesco) remains a true African wildlife paradise.
What makes iSimangaliso Wetland Park so unique, various ecosystems, of the highest vegetated dunes in the world, of the highest concentration of Hippos and Crocodiles in Africa, of the largest estuarine systems in Africa and the list just keeps going on.
But what really makes this area so unique, LeatherBack Turtles laying their eggs on the beaches, Humpback Whales migrating past the shores of iSimangaliso, Hippo’s grazing in the littles town of St Lucia or Leopards roaming the outskirts. Its a remarkable area to visit too with miles of beaches to walk on unhindered while travelling through the park.
Isimangaliso Wetlands park authority have over the past 10 years managed the area, since the inception many new roads have been added, loop roads and upgrades have taken place within the entire area. An area that stretches from Mphelane to the border of Ponta de Oura.
The park divided into various areas may be discovered and explored from various areas, St Lucia the southern most point borders both the Western Shores and Eastern Shores divided by the St Lucia Estuary. This area known for its great fishing, magnificent Wildlife and Hippo population. Previously known only to South African as a top fishing destination has fast become a top international stop over.
Many options in accommodation are available within the area, activities include Whale Watching from June to end November ( Humpback Whales) Turtle viewing from November to end of March ( Loggerhead & Leatherback Turtles), Night Drives into both the Western Shores and Eastern Shores, Day drives are also available into both sides of the park. Zulu cultural excursions.
The travelling North one may enter the Mkuze Game Reserve on the Western side of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park this spectacular reserve offers one a bird life haven with hundreds of bird species found here. Further North Sodwana Bay South Africa’s top scuba diving is available here daily.