King Shaka International Airport (KSIA), La Mercy, Durban
Twin jewels of KwaZulu Natal
The gateway to the twin delights of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi big five game reserve and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (St Lucia) is an easy 2 ½ hour drive from King Shaka International Airport, via the beautiful North Coast road.
Just three hours away from Central Durban these wonders are close enough for a day trip, albeit a long one, but with sufficient natural attractions, a wide range of accommodation outlets and services for visitors to be enchanted for a much longer stay.
Set in the heart of Zululand,
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is the oldest game reserve in Africa where Zulu kings such as
Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted and put in place the first conservation laws, where
today the "big five" of African legend stalk the verdant savannah. Established
in 1895, game viewing is the prime attraction. Viewing hides overlook waterholes
enabling visitors to see animals at close range.
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its superlative natural beauty and unique global values.
The 332 000 hectare Park contains three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700 year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25 000 year-old coastal dunes – among the highest in the world. The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, which aptly describes this unique
Come and experience the diverse experiences in the 10 jewels that make up the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Enjoy the endless beaches that stretch 220 kilometres from Maphelane in the south to Kosi Bay on the Mozambique border, view game on self-guided or guided trails and routes on the foothills of the Lubombo mountains in uMkhuze or in the coastal forests and rolling grasslands of Lake St Lucia’s Eastern Shores. See the spectacular coral reefs and colourful underwater life whilst diving or snorkelling or embark on adventures ranging from kayak trips to horse rides.
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