About iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Formerly named the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park, this area was renamed iSimangaliso as it was deemed a better way for the park to express its uniquely African cultural identity. This aquatic gem stretches along the Eastern coast of South Africa and comprises pristine beaches with perfect white sand, swamps and marshes and various different lakes. The plant life also ranges greatly from woodland to grassland to coral reef. Having been left virtually untouched by humans, this park showcases Africa in its most pure and unadulterated form and is a mecca for nature lovers from all over the world.Read More
In 1999 the park was declared a World Heritage site and has since continued to prosper and flourish. It is currently home to the largest population of hippos in the country and also has a substantial concentration of crocodiles. Those same waters are further inhabited by sharks, whales and hundreds of species of fish. On land, game-seekers are likely to spot leopards, rhinos, elephants and dozens of smaller creatures such as frogs and butterflies.
The best way to see the park is by driving along the trails either with a guide or independently in a 4x4. However, some of the park's most fascinating wildlife is found below sea level, making snorkelling and diving within the park highly appealing. Kayak excursions are also popular options for those who might not want to be completely submerged in the water but still want to catch a glimpse of a humpback whale or majestic hippo.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park Hotels
If you are planning a iSimangaliso Wetland Park holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Makakatana Bay Lodge iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Makakatana Bay Lodge is a luxurious accommodation offering beautifully decorated rooms kitted out with plush furnishings and constructed with rich wood. The suites are nestled within the dense vegetation that surrounds the area and are often visited by the local fauna, including warthogs, bush babies and even hippos. Makakatana Bay Lodge is privately set in a dune forest, where it is hidden just metres away from the water's edge of the banks of the Lake St Lucia
Rocktail Beach Camp iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Rocktail Beach Camp has tented rooms with hardwood floors and glass sliding doors opening onto a wrap-around balcony. It is a comfortable lodge with a dive centre adjacent to the complex. There is a central dining area where guests can relax in the evenings as well as a viewing deck from which much of the wildlife that inhabits the region can be spotted. The lodge is located near an incredibly beautiful and remote beach and in summer sea turtles flock there to nest.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to iSimangaliso Wetland Park.