The Experience at iSimangaliso Wetland Park

An iSimangaliso Wetland Park holiday offers guests a huge array of activities with highlights such as Hippo and Crocodile boat cruises, game-viewing, Turtle tracking and snorkelling.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa offers wonderful activities. Visitors can go on a big game safari and night drives. Spot Buffalo, Rhino or Leopard. Enjoy Hippo and Crocodile boat cruises. Cape Vidal is perfect for snorkeling. Kosi Bay and Sodwana Bay are dive paradises.

Visitors can also go fishing in pristine surroundings. During the summer (January to February), guests to this Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal can track Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles on the beaches. View Turtle hatchlings make their way into the Indian Ocean, trying to avoid the Ghost Crabs.

Birding

With 521 bird species recorded throughout iSimangaliso Park, they offer some of SA's finest birding. Wetlands are renowned for a large number of waterbirds such as Pelicans, Flamingo's and storks congregating along side other bird species such as Pygmy Geese, Lesser Jacanas and Pinkthroated Longclaws.

Boat Cruises

Visitors can discover Lake St Lucia on a custombuilt passenger ferry which is able to venture into the shallow waters of the lake. The passenger ferry's depart from one of two jetties on a two-hour estuary boat cruise, stopping at interesting sightings along the way.

Guests can expect to experience close encounters with hippo and crocodile. Knowledgeable guides provide commentary on the workings of Africa's largest estuarine system.

Fishing

The iSimangaliso coastline has attracted many fisherman to its shores, with Sodwana Bay and St Lucia being two of the most favoured fishing destinations in the area. The lakes and ocean are teeming with fish.

Game Viewing

A number of excellent game viewing roads traverse the Eastern Shores section of the park. Guests can expect to see Hippo's in and out of the water. uMkhuse is renowned for excellent birding. At uMkhuze guests can expect to see Buffalo, Wild dogs, Impala, Nyala, black and white Rhino and Zebra.

Hiking

There are numerous guided and self-guided hiking trails throughout iSimangaliso such as the Eastern Shores of Lake St Lucia to Igwalagwala trail and St Lucia Nature Park, Western Shores of Lake St Lucia to False Bat and Sodwana Bay to Mgoboseleni Trail and guided trails such as uMkhuze to Fig Forest and Birding/Safari Walk.

Other activities include

  • Deep Sea Charter Fishing
  • Whale watching
  • Turtle Tours
  • Scuba Diving
  • Kayaking
  • Horse Riding
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