St. Lucia Wetland Park
South African World Heritage Site
Incorporated within the
Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, this magnificent expanse of lake, islands
and estuary covers some 38 682 ha. This is one of Africa's oldest proclaimed
wildlife game reserves and a noted wetland of International importance. Acclaimed
a World Heritage Site during December 1999.
Tours to the Lake will
be structured around your specific interests. The Lake is accessible
by boat, for a section of the lower portion of the estuary, as well
as onto the main body of the Lake at Charters Creek, Fanie's Island
and from False Bay Park. Accommodation varies from the Nature Conservation
Services camps to luxury private Lodges in the vicinity.
Visits to the Lake are
generally incorporated into our tours to the wildlife destinations in
the area. A visit to the Eastern Shores of the Lake, Cape Vidal, with
its Indian Ocean reefs, to Sodwana Bay, and the Coastal Forest Reserve
through to Lake Sibaya and the Kosi Lake System are undertaken in our
4X4 safari vehicles.
The Lake is very different
to the Lakes of Europe, the Americas and Canada, and other parts of
the World, in that it is very
shallow, with a mean depth of barely 1,5 m and with a large surface
area, being just over 60 kms long and 21kms at its widest point. It
is a magnificent wilderness destination, with a host of wildlife. The
seasonal birdlife is an ornithologists delight. There are resident hippo
and crocodile, with the Eastern Shores and the False Bay Park rich in
antelope. Species such as the rare Somango Monkey and Red Squirrel as
well as a high concentration of Serval occur in the area. Over the coastal
dunes is an entirely different an varied ecosystem. The protected coastal
reserve with its magnificent variety of marine life.