Listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its unique global values. The name iSimangaliso means ‘miracle and wonder’.
The 332 000 hectare Park contains 3 major lake systems, 8 interlinking eco-systems, 700-year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25 000-year old forested coastal dunes - amongst the highest in the world.
Popular places to visit within iSimangaliso Wetland Park include Lake St Lucia, Cape Vidal, Sodwana Bay, uMkhuze, Lake Sibaya and the Coastal Forest as well as Kosi Bay. Boat and kayak tours, whale watching, scuba diving and snorkelling, horse safaris and game drives and walks along pristine beaches are possible in the Park.