"Greater St Lucia Wetlands" Top 5 Page for this destination Lake Saint Lucia by GerryFM
Lake Saint Lucia Travel Guide: 68 reviews and 168 photos
The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park is one of the jewels of the South African coastline. Located on the north-eastern coast of KwaZulu Natal, stretching from Kozi Bay in the north to Cape St Lucia in the south, the park was the first in South Africa to be declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).
The Park's uniqueness lies in its remarkable diversity, particularly its combination of a subtropical coastline and a classic African game park.
It is South Africa's third-largest park, spanning 280 kilometres of coastline, from the Mozambican border in the north to Mapelane south of the St Lucia estuary, and made up of around 328 000 hectares of pristine natural ecosystems – including swamps, lake systems, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands and coastal forests.
The park takes in a 60 kilometre river mouth that creates a huge estuary, Lake St Lucia, running parallel to the coast and separated from the sea by the world's highest forested sand dunes. The lake is part of the St Lucia estuarine system, the largest estuarine system in Africa.
The park incorporates the whole of Lake St Lucia, the St Lucia and Maputaland Marine Reserves, the Coastal Forest Reserve and the Kosi Bay Natural Reserve. The 40 0000 hectare Mkuzi Game Reserve is also in the process of being incorporated into the park.
St Lucia's wide variety of ecosystems and natural habitats provides for an astounding diversity of species in the area. With its lakes, lagoons, freshwater swamps and grasslands, St Lucia supports more species of animal than the better-known and much larger Kruger National Park and Okavango Delta - from the country’s largest population of hippos and crocodiles to Giant Leatherback turtles, black rhino, leopards, and a vast array of bird and marine life.
Parking penalties carry severe penalties ;)
The coastline of the St Lucia is incredible!!
I took this picture at Cape Vidal, which is a popular destinations for Campers.
Turtles weighing just shy of 400kg, and in some cases more than a ton, glide effortlessly through the warm Indian Ocean.... more travel advice
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