The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is one of the jewels of South Africa's coastline, with a unique mosaic of ecosystems - swamps, lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands - supporting an astounding diversity of animal, bird and marine life.
Formerly known as the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, the Park was renamed on 1 November 2007 to better reflect its unique African identity unspoilt areas. This narrow strip of land, approximately 200 kilometers long and just 70 kilometers wide, is home to an incredible 21 different ecosystems
The Elephant Coast is bound in the north west by the Ubombo Mountains, in the east by the warm Indian Ocean and in the south by the Umfolozi River just below the St Lucia Estuary which is part of a World Heritage site. The area is steeped in history containing a number of paleantological sites of scientific importance.
This incredible area is a perfect destination for all ages with something for everyone. There are dozens of game reserves, beautiful beaches, deep sea fishing and diving on a number of reefs, mountain trails, cultural activities and a number of historical sites. This is one of the few destinations where a visitor can see the Big 5 in a game reserve, and within a short half hour's drive, be able to watch dolphins and whales. There is a variety of excellent accommodation to suit every pocket and a holiday to the Elephant Coast will be enjoyed by everyone from adventure lovers to those who just want to escape to the bush and commune with nature.