November  in iSimangaliso Wetland Park heralds the beginning of one of the most special and awe-inspiring miracles of this world heritage site – the nesting of endangered turtles on the 220km golden shoreline. Annually, between the months of November and March, heralds the start of the leatherback turtles breeding season. In this most ancient cycle of life, turtles return with almost magical accuracy to the very same beach where they […]

There are five species of South African marine turtles out of the seven species found worldwide. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park with its pristine beaches comprises one of the last significant laying sites in Africa for loggerheads and leatherbacks. Marine turtles have a heritage going back at least 110 million years, and fall into two main subgroups. We have the unique family Dermochelyidae, which consists of a singe soft-shelled species, the leatherback. The […]

A coral reef is a delicate living ecosystem made up of a diverse combination of species. As a result of rising global temperatures, coral bleaching is threatening their very existence. It is these diverse species interacting together that create this unique and physical environment. With the sun as its energy source, through photosynthesis light energy is converted into chemical energy. Plants, algae and plankton are the building blocks in this complex and rich […]

When it comes to birding there is no destination as unparalleled in its diversity of not only bird species but also terrain. From the wetlands of St Lucia to the forested sand dunes further north, Zululand birding offers a breathtaking landscape in which to glimpse some of the 820 or more species found in Southern Africa. iSimangaliso Wetland Park iSimangaliso Wetland Park supports the highest concentrations of breeding water birds in South […]

Advantage Tours St Lucia offer estuary tours and whale watching in St Lucia within the greater iSimangaliso Wetland Park on the North Coast of Zululand

The 2013 audit for iSimangaliso has been released, and the Auditor-General has given a thumbs up to a clean audit and performance review. Covering a financial as well as performance review, the audit confirms iSimangaliso has achieved its objectives committed to in its business plan submitted to the Minister of Environmental Affairs and National Parliament. Inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1999, the iSimangaliso of today is a […]

An international research collaboration under the auspices of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority is underway to build the knowledge base on caelocanths and marine ecosystems.

The past month’s diving in Sodwana Bay has been fantastic – the ocean is alive. Conditions have been variable – with average 10-15 meters visibility, the water has been slightly green & the temperature is 22 degrees. The Humpback whales  are everywhere- as they make their way north to calve and then return to their feeding grounds in the Antarctica. Up to 50 humpbacks were sighted on a single trip […]

Sodwana Bay – dive report July 2013 Although the winter is upon us we are lucky to have warm days throughout the year in Sodwana Bay. The vapour puffs on the horizon indicate that the humpback whales are beginning to pass the bay.  We have been treated to several displays from these amazing creatures as they breach and play with their new calves.  For me this is the most magical […]

Building community rhino ambassadors can be the single biggest living deterrent to rhino poaching. So says Dr Bandile Mkhize, CEO of Ezemvelo KZN wildlife, speaking of the Kingsley Holgate Foundation. He goes on to say, Communities are not some solid block of people who necessarily think the way our recently selected 400 rhino ambassadors around Hluhluwe- iMfolozi Park, Ndumo and Tembe do. There are hundreds of thousands of people who […]