ISIMANGALISO

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Discover the diversity of South Africa’s first World Heritage Site

Situated in eastern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park holds a plethora of ecological and cultural treasures. A park for the people that spans 220 kilometres of coastline, it is an example of diversity at its finest.

The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder in isiZulu, and Africa Geographic’s CEO, Simon Espley, can most certainly attest to that after completing iSimangaliso’s mountain bike challenge:

“‘If you encounter an elephant, buffalo or hippo, just keep cycling!’ This was the gist of the briefing that we were given before the start of our mountain bike adventure. This was followed by advice on how to behave if any of the aforementioned animals might be stubbornly blocking the bush tracks and game trails that we were following on our 4-day cycle through Maputoland.

And so began an immersion for me into the depths of iSimangaliso Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site, Africa’s oldest protected area, and without a doubt one of South Africa’s most beautiful and diverse national parks. Read more.