The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its outstanding natural beauty and original global values.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park is located on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, about 275 kilometres north of Durban. It is South Africa’s third-largest protected area, spanning 280 km of coastline, from the Mozambican border in the north to Mapelane south of the Lake St and made up of around 3,280 km2 of natural ecosystems is managed by the iSimangaliso Authority.
This Park has three large lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700-year-old fishing traditions, the majority of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25 000-year-old vegetated coastal dunes. The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, which definitely describes this unique place.