Experience the beauty of iSimangaliso Wetland Park

24th May 2013

Travellers heading to South Africa must pay a visit to iSimangaliso Wetland Park, situated on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.

Spanning 332,000 hectares, the park contains three major lakes, eight interlinking ecosystems and most of the country's last remaining swamp forests.

The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, which aptly describes this breathtakingly beautiful place.

It is the natural beauty and rich biodiversity that earned the park the honour of being named South Africa's very first World Heritage Site.

The St Lucia estuary is a thriving hotspot for wildlife, with more than 800 hippos and over 1,500 crocodiles parading its shores. The water itself covers an area of 23,000 hectares, making it the largest estuary in Africa.

Some 20% of the continent's entire bird population can also be seen flying over the estuary and its surrounding area.

The park's natural attractions are evenly spread along KwaZulu-Natal's North coast all the way to the Mozambique border, while its ecological treasures make activities like horse riding with the backdrop of South Africa's highest forested sand dunes a must.

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