KwaZulu Natal in South Africa
The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu/Natal – declared a World Heritage Site in late 1999 – is an aggregation of numerous, singular natural wonders deemed crucial to the future of the global community. Each offers its own unique features and activities for those in love with the Great Outdoors. Fringed by languid coral seas, a golden ribbon of sand sweeps northwards along the KwaZulu/Natal north coast, forming gentle bays and terraces of rock wedged between land and sea. On the eastern side of this coastal terrace, sand-dunes cloaked by stunted forests of green form a massive barrier of sand between the sea and the interior.
The Greater St Lucia Wetlands offers a number of walking trails where small antelope, mongoose and Samango monkeys can be seen. Birdwatchers are up for an exciting experience with around 450 recorded species to tick off. Not too far off is Mkuze, one of the best birding spots in South Africa. Also a long-time hangout for keen anglers, St Lucia has a good selection of tackle and bait shops. An assortment of seafood restaurants line the banks of the estuary.
Within this proclaimed area are a number of privately owned lodges such as Rocktail Bay, Ndumo and close by Phinda Game Reserve, each offering the guest something different from game drives and walking safaris to beach activities such as SCUBA diving, snorkeling, boating, fishing and canoeing. The KwaZulu Natal Game Reserves are ideal to combine that secluded beach and bush experience.