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Come experience the diversty in the 10 jewels that make up the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Enjoy the endless beaches that stretch from Maphelane in the south to Kosi Bay on the Mozambiquen border, view game on guided trails on the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains in uMkhuze or in the coastal forests and rolling grasslands of Lake St Lucia’s Eastern Shores. View the spectacular coral reefs and colourful underwater life whilst diving or snorkeling in crystal clear water or embark on adventures ranging from kayak trips and river boats to horse back safaris in the bush, maybe even try your hand at a spot of Deep Sea fishing, what ever your coastal desire iSimangaliso does a great job at fulfilling it.

Kosi Bay

Consists of four lakes linked by a network of channels. The Kosi estuary offers extraordinary snorkelling opportunities and is one of the world’s top fly-fishing destinations. Take a boat trip through the traditional fishing traps and view  practices dating back 700 years that are still passed down from generation to generation. This is the only place where all South Africa’s mangrove species occur and the only stand of naturally occurring Raphia palms.

Coastal Forest

Accessible only by our off-road vehicles, this section of the Park includes the pristine, untainted beaches of Mabibi, Island Rock, Rocktail Bay and Black Rock. Snorkelling and scuba diving are popular activities in the area. Large strelitzias and beautiful dune vistas are features of this section of the iSimangaliso.

Lake Sibaya

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

Sodwana Bay

Sodwana Bay is one of the top ten dive destinations in the world and a must for any diver visiting the area. The coral reefs contain over 1200 species of fish as well as a variety of underwater seascapes and marine fauna and flora. It is also home to the pre-historic Coelacanth which was discovered in the deep Jesser Canyon offshore from Sodwana Bay.


More than 420 species of birds can be found in this bird-lovers’ paradise! Leopard, black and white rhino, elephant, giraffe, wild dog, cheetah, hyena and various antelope are also viewable. A guided stroll through the Sycamore Fig Forest to the aerial canopy boardwalk can be arranged, game spotting at the world-famous kuMasinga Hide and a visit to the iNsumo Pan are also favourite activities for visitors to the uMkhuze area.

False Bay

This area includes sand forest, thornveld and open savannah. Popular activities here include boating and fishing. Enjoy the view of Lake St Lucia at its widest point. Marine fossils both animal and plant are often found here along the shore line.

Western Shores

See a vast amount of 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 Shores dunes.

Lake St Lucia

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

Eastern Shores

The Eastern Shores is the ideal beach and safari destination. A number of game viewing roads 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 by the Bhangazi people.


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

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Some Activities In The Area Include:


Horse Back Riding Safaris,

Dolphin & Whale Watching,

St Lucia Estuary Tours,

Heritage Tours,

Crocodile Centre Visits,

Boat Trips,

Scuba Diving,

Cultural Tours,

Deep Sea Fishing Excursions,

Game Viewing Safaris,

Estuary & Lake Fishing.

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