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The beauty of iSmangaliso Wetland Park in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

The beauty of iSmangaliso Wetland Park in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
Written by See Africa Today

Formerly known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, true to its name is magical.

Formerly known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, true to its name is magical. iSimangaliso in Zulu means magic and wonder which is visibly true for anyone visiting the wetland at KwaZulu-Natal’s coastline.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a World Heritage Site that brings eight unique ecosystems together thereby creating ten amazing destinations. This wetland stretches from Maphelane to Kosi bay, on the Mozambican border to the north.

Its nature is surrounded by astonishing habitats from the Ubombo Mountains to grasslands, forests, wetlands, mangroves, coral reefs, beaches and ancient dune. The world’s highest coastal vegetated dunes, which are 25 000 years old are at iSimangaliso Wetland National Park.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

iSimangaliso Wetland Park. [Photo by isimangaliso.com]

Flora and fauna have thrived in the park due to its unique ecosystem. African lions, African leopards, elephants, black and southern white rhino, buffalo, whales, dolphins, leatherback and loggerhead turtles are some of the animals in the wetland. Nile crocodiles, hippos are also common.

The underwater reefs at iSimangaliso Wetland Park have created an ecosystem for millions of coloured fish, octopuses, squid, whale sharks and plankton. 

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Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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