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BLOG 6: ISIMANGOLISO – South Africa - May 2016

Posted by Craig Ward, May 2016 on

eternal endemism©


Hopefully you read that I spent most of January in Madagascar ‘expeditioning’ on a little ship. My month of travel and work finished up in the large port town of Richards Bay. Only about an hours drive from the port, South Africa’s first World Heritage Site - the iSimangaliso Wetland Park is an extraordinary place. A small team of wildlife people and myself, armed with a lot of camera gear set off for a superb day. I thought I would share some pics and a little text from the parks website:

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 vegetated coastal dunes – among the highest in the world. The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, which aptly describes this unique place.

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 Lebombo 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 snorkeling or embark on adventures ranging from kayak trips to horse rides.

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