Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
Mkuze Game Reserve
The St Lucia Wetland Park
The St Lucia Wetland Park is a vast unspoilt area and at its heart the 38 000 ha Lake St Lucia is connected to the sea via a narrow estuary. Fed by multitudinous river deltas, swamplands, mangroves and forests, it is separated from the beach by high-vegetated sand dunes.
The Park, which has been declared a World Heritage Site, stretches from the St Lucia Estuary in the south to Sodwana Bay in the north and includes Mkuze Game Reserve and part of the Maputaland Marine Reserve.
Interesting places to visit include False Bay Park, Charters Creek, Fanie’s Island, Cape Vidal, St Lucia Village, Mapelane, Kosi Bay Nature Reserve and Lake Sibayi. All these areas comprise five ecosystems that promise an impressive diversity of fauna and flora.
Sunburn: Temperatures in summer can be very high with February as the hottest month of the year. The sun is at its strongest between 11h00 and 15h00. Always wear a hat and use a waterproof suntan lotion with a high protection factor. Drink plenty of fluids and remember that cloud and wind are no protection against sunburn, because it is the sun’s ultra violet rays that cause sunburn and they penetrate cloud.
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Other essential information
2) Tap water is safe to drink.
3) Shopping hours is generally from 08h00 to 17h00 on weekdays and 08h30 to 13h00 on Saturdays.
4) Some shops might be open on a Sunday.
5) Swimming is generally safe and hygienic. Always make sure that the beaches you use are considered a swimming beach with lifeguards and shark nets.
6) The Elephant Coast is an environmentally sensitive area and to protect the area, regulations must be adhered to. Specific permits are required for boating, fishing and visiting Kosi Bay Mouth.