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iSimangaliso Wetland Park

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Published 05/09/2017

Fodor's Review

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site (South Africa's first) in 1999, the iSimangaliso Wetland encompasses a number of disparate natural African environments including the Umfolozi Swamp Forest and the Maputaland Marine Reserve, an important nesting site for endangered loggerhead and leatherback turtles. The most carefree way to enjoy the reserve is on a boat trip, where you'll be able to get close to hippos and immense Nile crocodiles and try to spot some of the more than 500 species of birds that call the park home. Two-hour trips run by the park (R140/person) leave daily at 10, noon, and 3, and require a minimum of 6 people. The park protects myriad river and coastal environments, including the estuary of the St. Lucia River, coral reefs, sandy beaches, coastal dunes, inland and tidal lakes, swamps, mangrove forests, and papyrus wetlands.

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, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa




Published 05/09/2017


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