Previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 by UNESCO while recognising its natural beauty, unique values and activities.

It’s South Africa’s third-largest protected area, spanning 280 km of coastline, from the Mozambican border in the north to Mapelane South of the Lake St. Lucia estuary.

What’s cool about the iSimangaliso Wetland Park?

The word iSimangaliso means “a miracle” or “something wondrous” in Zulu. It is said that the name came as a result of Shaka’s subject having been sent to the land of the Tsonga. When he came back he described the beauty that he saw as a miracle. Hence iSimangaliso.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park covers a wide range of cool and unique destinations. These are some of the many stunning destinations of iSimangaliso Wetland Park:

Sodwana Bay National Park


Sodwana Bay is one of the top ten dive destinations in the world and is home to the Big 7 animals, namely, the humpback Whales, Great White Shark, Lion, Rhino, Elephant, Leopard and the Buffalo.

Activities include but are not limited to; Surfing, Kite boarding, Fishing, Ocean tours and Scuba diving.

It’s one of those places in South Africa you would never wish to forget.


uMkhuze is one of South Africa’s oldest game parks. As large as 40,000 hectares, uMkhuze is an outstanding section of iSimangaliso, particularly for birding and game-viewing. It is home to at least 420 avian species, as well as the Big 5 and rare species such as cheetahs and wild dogs.

It’s a great place to relax and witness animal species and birdlife.

uMkhuze also has accommodation within its reserve and it includes: tented camp self-catering, 6 bed cottage and a rest huts. Day safaris and night safaris are also available

Mkuze Game Reserve Gate Times:

Summer: 5:00 am to 7:00 pm

Winter: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Kosi Bay

Kosi Bay is a series of four wonderfully interlinked lakes in the Maputaland area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

 Described as the last haven of the untouched African paradise, Kosi Bay is home to numerous bird species including iconic African fish eagles, flamingos and the rare palm nut vulture.


What does think about the iSimangaliso Wetland Park?

iSimangaliso Wetland Park is not just a miracle, it’s a box of miracles that gives visitors a wide range of wonderful destinations for relaxing and having fun.

It’s made up of exciting activities, such as Horse riding, Game drives and Turtle tours just to name a few. The diverse terrestrial of iSimangaliso provides visitors with a wide range of activities and experiences.

It’s cool because a visit there is a visit to limitless possibilities.



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