Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 6
Mammals: 8
Birds: 9
Reptiles: 8.5
Trees: 8

Lookout for

Elephant
Black Rhino
White Rhino
Hippo
Buffalo
Kudu
Nyala
Zebra
Impala
Warthog
Baboon

The 332 000 hectare iSimangaliso Wetland Park was the first World Heritage Site in South Africa. It provides a mix of coastal and inland habitats around South Africa’s largest estuary – St Lucia. The park boasts a combination of diverse ecosystems including marine, coastal dune forest and bushveld resulting in its impressive bio-diversity. The area has close on 400 species of birds and makes up part of the breeding grounds used by Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles, which can be viewed on evening ‘turtle safaris’ arranges by most private camps in the area. Larger land game can be found in a 20 000 hectare portion of the park. The Kosi Bay lake system in the far north is truly unique and is made up of four lakes of varying size and salinity levels hosting a plethora of fish and bird life as well as resident populations of crocodiles and hippos. A highlight of any trip to the Kosi Bay area are the traditional fish traps which have been used for 700 years.

Why we like it

Incredible biodiversity; Combination of coast and bushveld; Turtle safaris; Crocodiles and hippos; Abundant fish and birdlife

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 332 000 Ha
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Hippo
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Hluluwe

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Falaza Game Park and Spa, Zululand Middle Full Board
Makakatana Bay Lodge Luxury Full Board
Rocktail Bay Beach Camp Full Board
Thonga Beach Lodge Luxury Full Board

Tours & Trips (click on the links below)

Tour / Trip Budget Duration
Zululand & Elephant Coast Safari Tour Middle 11 Days

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Map Info

Key Species

MAMMALS
Whales
Dolphins
Hippo


BRIDS
Buff-spotted Flufftail
Palm Nut Vulture
Emerald Cuckoo
Green Twinspot
Green Coucal


REPTILES
Nile crocodile
Loggerhead Turtle
Leatherback Turtle


TREES
Llala Palm
Fever Tree
Natal Mahogony


HABITAT TYPES
Coastal Forest
Grassland
Savannah
Sand Dunes
Estuary
Coral Reef
Ocean