iSimangaliso Wetland Park

The stunning World Heritage Site known as the “wonderful sight.”

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is one of the most unique places in the world. It’s unparalleled natural beauty and complex interlinking ecosystems have earned this reserve the highly coveted status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The magnificent Lake St Lucia is the largest estuary in Africa and the centrepiece of the park, while Sodwana Bay frequently tops world scuba diving destination lists.

Adventure guides for the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Check out these detailed adventure guides based on our personal experiences in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the surrounding areas.

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Map of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

  • Kosi Bay
  • Lake Sibaya
  • Sodwana Bay
  • uMkhuze Game Reserve
  • Coastal Forest
  • False Bay
  • Lake St Lucia
  • Eastern Shores and Cape Vidal
  • Western Shores and Charters Creek
  • Maphelane


The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is in a low risk malaria area. This means that there are very few instances of malaria reported and treated.

If you are concerned about contracting malaria be sure to wear clothing that covers your body in the evenings, use natural insect repellent and ask your doctor to prescribe prophylactic medication. You can also avoid areas with stagnant water and plan your travels for the winter time when there are fewer mosquitoes around.

iSimangaliso is a Zulu word that means “wonder”, “miracle”, or “the wonderful sight.” Anyone who’s visited the iSimangaliso Wetland Park will know exactly why it got this name.

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under 3 categories – 1. Geographical diversity and stunning natural beauty, 2. Complex hydrological systems, and 3. Biodiversity and interlinking ecosystems.

The greater iSimangaliso Wetland Park is home to the Big 5 as well as a number of other plant, bird and animal species.

In the southern sections of the park (around St Lucia) visitors can see dozens of antelope species like nyala, impala, and waterbuck, as well as larger mammals like elephant and rhino. Mkhuze Game Reserve is home to a small pride of lions, and there are sometimes packs of wild dog that move in and out of the region. The shy leopard is present throughout the park as well as a few other rare finds like the honey badger.

Most of the waterways in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park are teaming with crocodiles and hippos and let’s not forget the abundance of ocean wildlife from sharks, whales and even coelacanths.

Children (under the age of 16)R16.00
Vehicle entry chargeR29.00
Community LevyR5.00

For current prices checkout the iSimangaliso Wetland Park website.

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