Formerly known as St Lucia Wetland Park, the park was aptly renamed as iSimangaliso which in Zulu language, means ‘miracle and wonder’. This park which is situated in the north-eastern coast of KZN, is the biggest estuarine system of South Africa. The park is known for as many as eight different ecosystems interwoven with each other and beautifully co-existing. These prominently include coral reefs, lakes, savanna, rivers filled with crocodile, tall coastal dunes, and swamplands, which unsurprisingly creates a convention of a variety of flora and fauna in the land. With 526 species of pretty birds, rhinos, crocodiles, loggerhead and leatherback turtles, hippos and leopards. The interesting ecosystem of the park allows you to combine a typical wildlife safsari with many thrilling adventure activities of marine reverse like fishing, snorkelling, kayaking and diving.
Location: The Elephant Coast
Known For: Unique ecosystem and adventure activities including safari and water sports
How to reach: The nearest international airport is King Shaka International Airport in Durban, while the closest regional airport is at Richards Bay. You can hire a car or drive yourself from here to reach the park.
Approximate Cost: Approx. 150 to 500 INR (Separate sections of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park have different entry fees)
Operating hours: 6:00 am- 7:00 pm (Separate sections of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park have different opening hours)