iSimangaliso Wetland Park St Lucia lake

This reserve on the east coast of KwaZulu Natal is an incredible place, with some people stating that it is the best park in South Africa. One of the reasons that this reserve is so good, is because of the wide range of habitats that are found within its border. Ranging from open sea, to estury, sand dunes, swamps and surrounding waters. Covering 3280 square km (1266 square miles)

The Indian ocean gives the eastern border – where humpback whales, great white sharks and even Coelacanths (which having not changed for 400 million years are like a living fossil). Coral reefs are found in the shallow water but as you move inland other wildlife is found. Leatherback and loggerhead turtles come to lay their eggs. Reedbucks are regularly seen here, but with patience there are also black rhino living in this area. Further into the park, lie lakes with large flocks of flamingos and pelicans. This is also where the hippos start, which are numbered over 800 as well as huge numbers of crocodiles.

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