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iSimangaliso Wetland Park - World Heritage Site

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
World Heritage 

iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in recognition of its unique global values; no other place has comparable ecological processes or the superlative natural beauty and biodiversity of iSimangaliso. The 332 000ha park contains three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700-year-old fishing traditions, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25 000-year-old coastal dunes, among the highest in the world. The Big Seven wildlife include the Big Five and the marine whale and shark. The name iSimangaliso means “miracle and wonder”.

Experience iSimangaliso’s “Ten Jewels”, incorporating 190km of pristine coastline from Maphelane in the south to Kosi Bay on the Mozambique border, the foothills of the Lebombo mountains in uMkhuze to Lake St Lucia’s Eastern and Western Shores. The diverse terrestrial and marine habitats of iSimangaliso ensure a wide range of activities and experiences. Thrilling marine activities include boat-based whale watching or nighttime turtle tracking to see the nesting of the giant Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles. See spectacular coral reefs and colourful underwater life whilst diving or snorkeling in the Coastal Forest, Sodwana Bay or Cape Vidal sections of the park. Fishing is popular and options range from deep-sea fishing charters to surf and rock and fly-fishing. Game and bird viewing includes self-guided and guided walks and drives, whilst night drives introduce the nocturnal inhabitants of iSimangaliso. Boat cruises on the Lake St Lucia estuary to view some of the park’s 800 hippos, over 2 000 crocodiles and prolific waterfowl are one of the most popular activities. For the more adventurous there is kayaking on Lake St Lucia or Lake Sibaya, or a horse ride on St Lucia’s beaches and the Eastern Shores.

“iSimangaliso must be the only place on the globe where the oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world’s biggest terrestrial mammal (the elephant) share an ecosystem with the world’s oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world’s biggest marine mammal (the whale)” – Nelson Mandela

Come and experience the magic of iSimangaliso!

Contact Details:

035 590 1633


From Maphelane to Kosi Bay, KwaZulu-Natal