The Isimangaliso Wetland Park was the first South African named heritage site. The name Isimangaliso means miracle and wonder and there is no more appropriate name for this place. Located in the Kwazulu Natal Province of South Africa, this park consists of 332,000 hectares of breath-taking nature. There are three major lake systems and eight interlinking ecosystems. Come and enjoy all the park has to offer.
The coastline stretches from Maphelane in the south to the Kosi Bay mouth near the Mozambique border which makes for more than enough beach area to enjoy. Cape Vibal and Sodwana Bay are two of the most popular beaches. The water temperature is pleasant throughout the year.
This is also an ideal place for birders to visit. With 526 bird species recorded so far there are plenty of opportunities to spot and maybe photograph your favourite species.
Game Drives are very popular as you are almost guaranteed to see some of your favourites. You are very likely to spot some hippo on the Pan Loop. The Elephant and the Giraffe particularly enjoy the Western Shores and will primarily be spotted here. Licensed Operators offer guided tours of these sections including full day beach and bush experiences to Cape Vidal as well as night drives providing the opportunity to see the endemic Setaro Dwarf chameleon and the frequently spotted nocturnal leopard and hyenas.
The Eastern Shores of the park are popular for the Equestrian Experiences offered there. Depending on your skill level and preference you can have a horse riding experience like no other, strolling on a golden lit beach just before sundown with the warm African wind in your hair.
The coastline of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park is the only remaining major nesting site in Africa where Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles still lay their eggs. Here they are very well protected and guided tours are offered to see this once in a lifetime wildlife phenomenon.
Come and experience all that the amazing Isimangaliso has to offer!