iSimangaliso Wetlands

iSimangaliso Wetlands, photo by Rialfver
iSimangaliso Wetlands (photo by Rialfver)
 

The iSimangaliso Wetlands Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in a coastal region of eastern South Africa.

Ongoing geologic processes have resulted in a variety of landforms, including coral reefs, long sandy beaches, coastal dunes, lake systems, swamps, and extensive reed and papyrus wetlands.

The park is best known for its wildlife – ranging from whale and bird-watching to a diverse set of land animals for which Africa is famous. Unlike many reserves, iSimangaliso allows travelers to take economical self-managed safaris. It also offers guided activities for those who prefer.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
Recommending Sources:
   World Heritage Site
   Lonely Planet

 

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Umkhumbi Lodge

Located just a 10-minute drive outside the town of Hluhluwe, on the R22 to Sodwana, this lodge offers spacious rooms with a patio. Umkhumbi features an outdoor pool, a restaurant, and a tree top bar. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$107 - $151

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Chumbi Bush House

Chumbi Bush House is located in Hluhluwe. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the property rooms. The accommodation will provide you with a TV and a patio. You can enjoy garden view from all the rooms. There is a kitchen. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$228

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Nibela Lake Lodge

Offering an outdoor pool and spa centre, Nibela Lake Lodge is located in Hluhluwe in the KwaZulu-Natal Region. Main Swimming Pool is 100 metres from the property. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$95

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Wildebees Ecolodge

Set in a lush tropical garden, this ecolodge offers cottage accommodation and a lagoon-style pool framed by palm shrubs. The Wildebees is part of the UNESCO-protected Greater iSimangaliso Wetlands Park. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$37 - $91

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Sand Forest Rustic Camp Hluhluwe

Located in Hluhluwe, 43 km from iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Sand Forest Rustic Camp Hluhluwe features a barbecue and views of the garden. Free private parking is available on site. All units include a seating area. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$53

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Wildebees Ecolodge

Wildebees Ecolodge

Set in a lush tropical garden, this ecolodge offers cottage accommodation and a lagoon-style pool framed by palm shrubs. The Wildebees is part of the UNESCO-protected Greater iSimangaliso Wetlands Park. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$37 - $91

$37-
Sand Forest Rustic Camp Hluhluwe

Sand Forest Rustic Camp Hluhluwe

Located in Hluhluwe, 43 km from iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Sand Forest Rustic Camp Hluhluwe features a barbecue and views of the garden. Free private parking is available on site. All units include a seating area. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$53

$53-
Sand Forest Lodge Hluhluwe

Sand Forest Lodge Hluhluwe

Sand Forest Lodge Hluhluwe lies in the west of False Bay Nature Reserve, part of the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is available on site. The accommodation units offer African decor. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$57

$57-
Jacana Lodge

Jacana Lodge

Nestled in a a sand forest overlooking a wetland, Jacana Lodge is set in Kuleni Game Park near Hluhluwe. It offers stylish self-catering accommodation and game viewing opportunities. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

$84-
Nibela Lake Lodge

Nibela Lake Lodge

Offering an outdoor pool and spa centre, Nibela Lake Lodge is located in Hluhluwe in the KwaZulu-Natal Region. Main Swimming Pool is 100 metres from the property. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$95

$95-
Umkhumbi Lodge

Umkhumbi Lodge

Located just a 10-minute drive outside the town of Hluhluwe, on the R22 to Sodwana, this lodge offers spacious rooms with a patio. Umkhumbi features an outdoor pool, a restaurant, and a tree top bar. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$107 - $151

$107-
Bushwillow Collection

Bushwillow Collection

Situated along the Elephant Coast, Bushwillow Collection is located 16 km from the town of Hluhluwe, allowing for both a bush and beach experience. Bushwillow Collection offers a variety of accommodation types, each with a unique style. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$110 - $137

$110-
Hluhluwe River Lodge

Hluhluwe River Lodge

Offering far-reaching views of False Bay and the Hluhluwe River, this lodge features spacious chalets that come with thatched roofs and exposed beams. The green garden has a swimming pool and terrace. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$144 - $228

$144-
Umthiba Bush Lodge

Umthiba Bush Lodge

Umthiba Bush Lodge offers accommodation in Hluhluwe. You can relax by the outdoor pool in the garden and make use of the barbecue. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$190

$190-
Chumbi Bush House

Chumbi Bush House

Chumbi Bush House is located in Hluhluwe. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the property rooms. The accommodation will provide you with a TV and a patio. You can enjoy garden view from all the rooms. There is a kitchen. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$228

$228-
Thornwood

Thornwood

Situated on a private game park, Thornwood is surrounded by African bush and forest. This secluded lodge-style villa features four bedrooms and offers its guests absolute privacy. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$228

$228-
Ihlozi

Ihlozi

Offering a year-round outdoor pool, Ihlozi is situated in Hluhluwe, 7 km from False bay office. The accommodation boasts a spa bath. Boat launch is 7 km away. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation has a seating area. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$618

$618-

Highlighted Interests:

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Natural
Ocean Wildlife
Humpback whales visit in the winter months (May to October). Local boat tours are available.
Wildlife and Plants
iSimangaliso is well known for its extensive wetlands, sand dunes and beaches. This has resulted in an environment with enormous biological diversity. Visitors will see large herds of game, including water-loving animals such as hippopotami and crocodiles.

The extensive water areas have also attracted birds, and over 526 bird species have been found to date.
Other Interests:
Combination
Boat Tours
Natural
Unusual Local Feature
Beaches
Snorkeling
Hiking and Trekking

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