About iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Animal Kingdom ruling over natural wilderness elements, avalanching towards prey and seeking refuge from bigger and more dangerous predators; overseen by clear blue skies, surrounded by evergreen flora and air that reaches its highest level of purity, every day, every minute, every second of its existence. It is a Live Lion King spectacle that will have you stare in awe and wonder how Nature managed to create such uncontaminated loveliness.

Everything you see at the iSimangaliso Wetland Park is personified perfection, the result of a godly plan that has been carefully carved out of a dream and gifted to the people in South Africa, and its visitors.

Must See

  • Bird watching
  •  Lake St Lucia
  •  Big Five game reserves
  • The crocodile farm
  • Snorkeling and scuba diving
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding and horseback safaris
  • Midnight turtle tours
  • Whale watching

How to reach

From Durban involves the N2 north for about 180 km, the R618 to Mtubatuba and St Lucia, and enter the park at the Dukuduku Gate, near St Lucia. However, there are many gates into the park.

By air, it takes 5 hours 45 minutes with a minimum fare of R 2,074.64

Tips

  • Do one of the estuary cruises – definitely worth it for the birds, crocs and hippos plus you see areas of the park you wouldn’t in a car.
  • Look out for the unusual like kingfishers, monitor lizards, sea eagles, and cranes.
  •  If you like being in the trees, head to the Fig Tree Forest where there’s a system of walkways and viewpoints in amongst the branches.
  •  Remember the sunscreen, insect repellent and bear in mind that iSimangaliso is considered a low-risk malaria area. 
  • Bangha Nek beach is not only great for fishing and snorkelling (at least 20 different fish on any swim), but it’s also where you head to sight turtles between October and March.
  • Watch out for hippos, they’re everywhere at night, even on the main street of St Lucia town, so be careful driving.
  • To discourage using iSimangaliso as a thoroughfare the park has a minimum drive time from one gate to another. You’ll have to wait if you ar

Visit Time

Sunday:       6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m

Monday:       6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m

Tuesday :     6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m

Wednesday:  6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m

Thursday:     6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m

Friday:          6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m

Saturday :     6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m

 

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Waiting Time

30 minutes

 

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Entrance Fee

Yes

Eastern shores(Bhangazi gate): Elder R37  Younger R5

uMkuze (Ophansi and eMshopi Gates): Elder R37 Younger R5

Western Shores (Dukuduku & Nhlozi Gates): Elder R37 Younger R5

Sodwana Bay: Elder: R33 Younger R5

 

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Time you can spend

5 hours

 

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Weather

Clear Sky 29.79°C

 

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