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iSimangaliso Wetland Park

A Place of Wonder

Safari Experience

We have some of the most experienced safari guides in the area with many years under their belts & their keen eyes who always deliver on the real African experience. the guides are always providing you with interesting facts and points of interest like landmarks, fauna & flora. Our safari vehicles are specially built for your safety & to maximize the visual experience to accommodate large cameras & the feeling of openness. As this is a true wildlife experience there are very few roads as most of the safari tour takes place on dirt roads through, bushes, trees & even across rivers. There are a number of trips you can adventure too, from half-day safari, full-day safari & beach safari. Beach safari is unique as a certain time of year we have the world-famous turtle hatching event and Whale watching off the coast of Mission Rocks and & Cape Vidal All our trips to iSimangaliso Wetland Park begin early in the morning & evening as this is the best time to capture nocturnal wildlife that is retreating back to their habitats like Hyena, Leopard, Rhino & Wild Dogs.

Along the adventure, you will see a lot of Zebra and Nyala which always provide an iconic photographic opportunity. As we move through the game park you will notice the grass plains and hides (a hide is a camouflaged viewing deck) which provides great sightings of Buffalo, Wildebeest & Warthogs.

Cape Vidal

Cape Vidal offers sheltered beaches, rock pools, sand dunes & ledges surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the coastal forest. Cape Vidal is the best opportunity for sighting marine life at low tide while snorkelling in the shoreline. The beach is a launch site for deep-sea fishing activities, spearfishing, and ski boats.

Snorkelers can keep a lookout for the remains of the ship called Dorothea which was lost in these waters in 1898 - though this wreck has never been found it still attracts international visitors to claim its prize. The fishing opportunity is spectacular with shore fishing and saltwater fly fishing. During the winter months, this becomes a go-to destination as the world-famous Whale watching takes place and later through the year hosts a world ecological event of the turtle hatchings.

Cape Vidal has beautiful picnic spots for the whole family to be entertained with the amenities and facilities to accommodate.

 

iSimangaliso Wetland Park is South Africa's 1st World Heritage Site proclaimed by UNESCO IN 1999, stretching from St Lucia, up KwaZulu Natal, to the border of Mozambique. The nature reserve spans 3280 km's, with a diverse array of biomes, from grasslands, forest, wetlands, mangroves, stunning beaches & coral reefs. The coastline of iSimangaliso Wetland Park covers 220 km's of 8 inter-locking ecosystems and stunning destinations like Maphelane, Lake St. Lucia/St. Lucia Estuary, Cape Vidal, and the Eastern Shores, Charters Creek and the Western Shores, False Bay, Sodwana Bay, uMkhuze, Lake Sibaya, Coastal Forest and Kosi Bay waiting to be explored.

 

The benefits of having multiple eco-systems are the wide variety of animal life and points of natural interest that makes this one of Africa's best eco-tourism destination and an ecological wonder that provides the most magnificent outdoor experience.

Animal sightings include: Elephants, Rhino, Hippo, Leopard, Buffalo, Wildebeest, Crocodile, Kudu, Nyala, Turtles, Whales & Coelacanth is just to say the leats with 520+ bird species and over a 1000 flora species

Mission Rocks

Mission Rocks is the natural habitat with a wide variety of marine species that make it a valuable contributor to the local biodiversity of iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The beach area in Mission Rocks provides spectacular fishing opportunities and is ideal for those that want to escape city life & and relax within the tranquil surrounds of the ocean.

There are fantastic picnic spots for the whole family to enjoy, with amenities to facilitate and take a walk on the shore of the beautiful beach to the rock pools that provide a unique opportunity to see marine life and they all co-exist. Swimming and snorkelling are not advised as the shoreline is surrounded by rocks.

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“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.