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THE GREATER ST LUCIA WETLAND PARK

INTRODUCTION

The Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park extends roughly from Sodwana Bay and the Lower Mkuze Road to Mapelane South. This is the Southern end of the Mozambique Coastal Plain.
The Park is only a 2 hour drive north from Durban & +- 6 hrs from Gauteng.
All  5 Eco-Systems co -exist in this unique area & the biodiversity of this region allows the visitor access to the wetlands, Lake St. Lucia, the warm Indian Ocean, sand dune forest, grassland, Mkuze swamps &  Historical fossils dating back 90 million years.
The Big 5 may also be found in Parks in and around the Park

ATTRACTIONS

  • Unique to this Park the big 6 of  water.  These six are CROCODILE, PELICAN, HIPPO, FISH EAGLE, FLAMINGO, GOLIATH HERON. 
  • LAKE ST. LUCIA is the largest estuary in Africa, it is  65 Km`s long & 25 Km`s wide at the widest point. Large mammals including buffalo, black rhino and humpback whales may also be found
  • BHENGAZI LAKE-SOUTH is unique in that it is 14 m below sea level is a fresh water lake  between the Indian Ocean and the salt water of Lake St. Lucia on the other side.
  • Cultural Zulu village which is a "living museum". The indigenous people of the area , descendants of the famous Zulu King Shaka live in the village where the visitor can experience Zulu customs, lifestyle & traditional dancing. 
  • CAPE VIDAL Beach, has the highest vegetated sand dunes in the world
  • Giant female leatherback & loggerhead turtles return to the same beaches in the greater St. Lucia Wetland Park where they were born to lay their eggs. 
  • Whale Watching: Humpback whales migrate along the coastline, mating takes place in the  Indian Ocean

ACTIVITIES

  • BIRDING: The  Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park has over 420 species of birds.

  • KOSI BAY:  Kosi Bay is on the northern boundary of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park  here Mocambique can easily be vited from here. 

  • SELF-GUIDED WALKING TRAILS: There are many self-guided walking trails in the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. 

  • CAPE VIDAL: Ideal for snorkeling, nature trails, golden beaches, fishing etc.
    This is a untouched private spot which includes the highest vegetaed sand dunes in the world

  • Visit Hluhluwe or Mkuzi Game reserves:  Lion, Rhino,  Leopard, Cheetah,  wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe and many other wild animals may be seen.

  • Fishing: Deep Sea. Surf or boat fishing  are all popular in the area