KwaZulu Natal’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park has been called a small Eden and it’s not hard to see why. Beach and bush lay side by side and you can find both turtle tracks and leopard spoor on the magnificent shoreline.
There’s no other place in the world with a comparable ecological footprint. Within the park which covers 332 000 hectares you can find no less than eight interlinking ecosystems, 25 000 year old coastal dunes, more than 2000 plant species, 100 types of butterfly, five turtle species, the top frog count in the country and 526 bird species. Wild dog, buffalo, oribi, cheetah, black and white rhino, lions and some of the largest Tusker elephants in South Africa can all be found in South Africa’s first World Heritage Site.