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 […]

One of the most traditional forms of natural resource harvesting, that of the collection of reeds including incema (salt rush or Juncus kraussii), takes place for three weeks in May each year in iSimangaliso, an age-old custom at the very core of these cultural practices. – iSimangaliso CEO Andrew Zaloumis. Rural women from across the province of KwaZulu-Natal come to iSimangaliso to collect natural materials that they will use for […]

An exciting infrastructure project is currently underway across the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. With new attractions open on the Eastern Shores, 30 facilities are being constructed or refurbished. This exciting development will enhance both overnight and day visitor experience. New Attractions Open on the Eastern Shores The new Mfazana bird hide overlooks the Mfazana pan and Mfabeni viewing deck near Cape Vidal. Other facilities scheduled to open in the forthcoming months include […]