iSimangaliso Wetland Tours

Map of iSimangaliso Wetland Park

iSimangaliso Wetland Park or St. Lucia as many of the residents affectionately refer to this ecological Paradise was declared as South Africa's first Natural World Heritage Site. The declaration was by UNESCO protocol and the Official ceremony took place on December 1, 1999.

The large size of iSimangaliso Wetland Park includes five major ecosystems. This 328 000 ha (3,280 km2) Natural World Heritage Site stretches for 280 km along the northern part of South Africa's East Coast. The Park plays a vital role in survival of migratory animals and is home to an incredible variety and populations of birds, mammals, plants, insects, fish, reptiles and scenic beauty.

Historically the birthplace of the famous Huberta (the hippo that travelled from St. Lucia to King William's Town) and base for missionaries and Second World War Catalina Flying Boats - even an ancient burial lake of a local tribe - there is much more here than meets the eye!

Thousands of birders annually visit St. Lucia, attracted by a record 526 species of birds. For the serious birders it is possible to go to sea to spot one of the many Albatrosses or for the novice birders take gentle river cruise, which will deliver pleasing results. But the most popular option for birders is a World Heritage Tour, which visits the five ecosystems.

St. Lucia World Heritage Tour

We show you why iSimangaliso Wetland Park has been given this international status. Join us on a full day, off-road exploration of this pristine (Eastern Shores) area - includes an ecological overview of the area, wonderful game viewing, bird watching, short walks and a visit to Cape Vidal with snorkelling and Whale Watching in season. Learn more about the five ecosystems that make up this unique park. Experience the Bush, Forest and Beach all in one day! Full braai lunch, snorkelling gear and drinks included.

Kian Barker in front of Unimog Safari Vehicle

Eastern Shores Excursion

Sunset at Lake Bhangazi

A morning or late afternoon drive - traverses forest, pans and grasslands up to Lake Bhangazi. An Eastern Shores Excursion is an in-depth exploration of the Wetlands and its inhabitants, history and scenic beauty. The safari stops for either a bush breakfast or sundowners and snacks at Catalina Bay or Lake Bhangazi, then a spotlight night safari along the 4x4 routes in the reserve.