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South Africa Holiday - St Lucia & Surrounds

Located in the northern areas of the Kwa-Zulu-Natal province lies one of the most ecologically diverse areas in South Africa. St Lucia is home to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which was previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. It is at this famous world heritage site where one can enjoy one of the widest varieties of plant and animal life in one area, making it a top tourist destination during a South African holiday.

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park consists of a number of must see areas such as:

Lake St Lucia

The impressive lake at St. Lucia is the largest estuarine lake system in South Africa and here you will be able to enjoy a relaxing boat cruise during your holiday in South Africa. A large population of crocodile and hippo’s are found in the lake and its surrounds and you will be able to view them in their natural habitat whilst enjoying a tour on the waters of this beautiful lake.

Lake Sibhayi

Also forming part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the freshwater Lake Sibhayi is the largest in Southern Africa. Home to numerous animals such as hippo’s and crocodiles and numerous bird species it is an obvious attraction for bird lovers during a family holiday.

Cape Vidal

Cape Vidal is situated in the St Lucia Marine Reserve and forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.Cape Vidal is an absolute must see when visiting the area, especially during self drive holidays. Accommodation is available in Cape Vidal, and ranges from more upmarket rentals for a luxury family holiday to camping sites in the forest. Here you can enjoy snorkelling, swimming, fishing, hikes and more.

Kosi Bay

Located a mere two kilometres from the Mozambique border, Kosi Bay is certainly the most northern attraction in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The pristine, clear waters and magnificent beaches along with the abundant marine life naturally make Kosi Bay an immediate attraction for those on a tour to South Africa who are looking for a fantastic snorkelling experience.

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is also one of the largest protected areas in South Africa as it comprises of numerous ecosystems such as grasslands, wetlands, savannahs, beaches, forests even coral reefs amongst others. The natural diversity of this area understandably means that there are a number of assorted plant and animal species to discover, all within a close proximity which makes it an ideal and exciting safari holiday destination in South Africa.

A number of reserves and parks are also located in this world heritage site, and some of them include:

Mkuze Game Reserve

Mkuze Game Reserve in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park offers an exciting and diverse South African safari experience. Home to animals such as elephants, hyena, cheetahs, rhino, wildebeest and many others, this game lodge has a lot to offer visitors. Apart from the wildlife, the game reserve is also home to over 400 bird species and has a number of areas from which one can enjoy bird and animal viewing. A cultural village is situated within the reserve and will give you a true ethnic experience during your African vacation.

False Bay Park

The False Bay Park is an ideal area to explore during self drive holidays in iSimangaliso Wetland Park or surrounding areas. The park contains self-guided trails on which one can explore the birds, animals and plants native to this area. The Park is also home to one of the last remaining colonies of Pink Backed Penguins in South Africa. It also contains a centre where one can view an impressive collection of marine fossils and you may even find one or two in the park itself.

Sodwana Bay National Park

If you love the outdoors and are looking for a spectacular diving location, look no further than the Sodwana Bay National Park with its magnificent coral reefs. This area of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park also offers snorkelling, boating, angling, bird watching, hiking, surfing, horse riding and more. If you plan your tour to South Africa during the summer months, you may just be lucky enough to witness the local turtles nesting and hatching along this splendid coastline.

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