iSimangaliso Wetland Park Wilderness Trails
About iSimangaliso Wetland Park:
“iSimangaliso must be the only place on the globe where the oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world’s biggest terrestrial mammal (the elephant) share an ecosystem with the world’s oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world’s biggest marine mammal (the whale)”-
Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa
iSimangaliso Wetland Park comprises a number of beautiful and diverse wild spaces, ending along the eastern shore of Lake St. Lucia. The park comprises of a number of conservation areas, the oldest of which is the St Lucia Game Reserve which was established in 1895.
The park and region contain the highest vegetated dunes in the world, extensive and diverse wetland systems, as well as coastal grasslands and the highest density of common reedbuck. The birding here is incomparable, with birdwatchers coming from around the world to see the more than 520 species of wildfowl, grassland, forest and sea birds who call the park home.
iSimangaliso was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in 1999, thanks to a decades long fight by the Wilderness Foundation and Wilderness Leadership School to protect the St. Lucia wetlands from titanium mining.
About the trail:
iSimangaliso is unique in offering visiting groups the opportunity to study and explore truly wild bush, coastal and wetland habitats and eco-systems.
All our trails are accompanied by experienced local guides, who offer insight into the reserve’s historical and natural importance.
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