St LUCIA WETLANDS
One of the many Hippos
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Local Fisherman
Danger Crocodiles
A Hornbill at St Lucia
Romantic Beauty
Fishermans Paradise
St Lucia Rhino
Scary Crocodile
Sodwana Diving
The Jolly Rubino
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Southern African Mammal Species
Southern African Bird Species
Some Interesting History

St. Lucia was first named in 1554 as "Rio de la Medaos do Oura" ("River of the Dows of Gold") by the survivors of the Portuguese ship Saint Benedict. At this stage, only the Tugela River  mouth was known as St. Lucia. Later, in 1575, the Tugela River was named Tugela. On 13 December 1575, the day of the feast of Saint Lucy, Manuel Peresterello renamed the mouth area to Santa Lucia.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park is situated on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal 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 St Lucia estuary, and made up of around 3,280 km≤ of pristine natural ecosystems, managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. The park includes the:

o    St Lucia Game Reserve,
o    False Bay Park,
o    Kosi Bay,
o    Lake Etrza Nature Reserve,
o    Lake Sibhayi,
o    St Lucia Marine Reserve,
o    St. Lucia Marine Sanctuary,
o    Sodwana Bay National Park,
o    Mapelane Nature Reserve,
o    Maputaland Marine Reserve,
o    Cape Vidal,
o    Ozabeni,
o    Mfabeni ,
o    Tewate Wilderness Area,
o    Mkuze Game Reserve.
In 1822, St. Lucia was proclaimed by the British as a township.

In 1895
, St. Lucia Game Reserve, 30 km north of the town was proclaimed.

In 1971
, St. Lucia Lake and the turtle beaches and coral reefs of Maputaland have been listed by the Convention on Wetlands of major International Importance (the Ramsar Convention).

In December 1999
, the park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Whale Watching
A Local Heron 
Many Vervet Monkeys
When the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park was declared a world heritage site in 1999 there was an unveiling ceremony where Nelson Mandela was guest of honor. The park was proclaimed a world heritage site because of the huge biodiversity occurring in a relatively small area. The reason for the huge diversity in fauna and flora is the great variety in different ecosystems on the park, ranging from coral reefs and sandy beaches to subtropical dune forests, savannas and wetlands.
Some Birds found in and around the St Lucia Wetlands
        By -  Japie de Beer
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        By - Thea Wijnands
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Eish SA would like to thank the above mentioned organisations for their information supplied to create the "Amazing Places" pages.
South African National Parks
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
North West Tourism and Parks Board
Eish SA Website Directory
South African Tourism
South African Birding
Namibia Tourism and Parks
Stellenbosch Wine Routes
Google Earth
         By - Rob Burgoyne
         By - Linda Warfield
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          By - Japie de Beer
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The park was previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, but was renamed effective from 1 November 2007. The word 'isimangaliso' is Zulu for 'a marvelí.In the northern part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park you will find Kosi Bay. It has an interesting history and even today it is unique.
Animals occurring on the park include elephants, leopard, black and white rhino, buffalo, and in the ocean, whales, dolphins, and marine turtles including the leatherback and loggerhead turtle. The park is also home to 1,200 Nile Crocodiles and 800 Hippopotami.
There are large outcroppings of underwater reefs which are home to brightly coloured fish and corals.

Some of the most spectacular coral diversity in the world is located in Sodwana Bay. The reefs are inhabited by colour-changing octopi and squid ready to ambush unsuspecting prey.

Occasionally gigantic whale sharks can be seen gliding through the water; mouth agape to scoop up tiny plankton.
Some Animals found in and around the St Lucia Wetlands
Early Morning
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Sodwana Bay
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Lake St Lucia
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