An hour and a half’s drive from the luscious Nibela Peninsula, the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park is a mecca of unmatched natural beauty and diverse habitats and ecosystems. A nature lover’s dream, a day trip to the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park offers more than just a leisurely game drive around the reserve. The park is home to an array of family friendly activities and spectacular landscapes, so we’ve highlighted some of the ways to best spend the day at the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park.
One of South Africa’s top bird-watching spots, iSimangaliso Wetlands Park is home to over 482 species of bird. Tick the birds you’ve always dreamed of seeing off your list at this wetland paradise. Between February and April is peak season for birders looking for seabirds and vagrant shore species.
Boating on Lake St Lucia
Take a trip on Africa’s largest body of freshwater, Lake St Lucia and see if you can spy a crocodile or a lazy hippo. The large flocks of waterbirds are also an impressive sight to behold. There are three daily boat cruises out onto the lake, so plan your day around one of these leisurely trips and see the stunning scenery from a different angle.
Snorkelling and scuba diving
Grab your snorkel and goggles and head for Cape Vidal, Black Rock or Sodwana Bay. These marine hotspots offer some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving waters in the country. The warm waters attract an array of tropical fish and expansive coral reefs. In the summer months, you’ll even stand a chance of spotting a Leatherback Turtle as they come into the bays to nest.
Drop a line and take in the jaw-dropping scenery as you wait for a bite. The fly fishing off Kosi Bay is considered some of the best that the continent has to offer. Whether you’re an avid fisherman or just like to spend some time on the banks of a body of water, this is the perfect spot for you.
Day trip tips
Try for an early start since the park is popular and a limited number of cars are allowed in each day. Arriving as the park opens is a good idea to avoid having to wait in queues.
Still not convinced? Visit the Nibela Lake Lodge website for more information on this incredible part of the world. What’s more, while you’re at it you can book your Hluhluwe accommodation for your next great escape. For more information, contact email@example.com.