Located on the north-eastern coast of KwaZulu-Natal, stretching from Kozi Bay in the north to Cape St Lucia in the south, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park incorporates the whole of Lake St Lucia, the St Lucia and Maputaland Marine Reserves, the Coastal Forest Reserve and the Kosi Bay Natural Reserve. The 40 000 hectare Mkuzi Game Reserve is also in the process of being incorporated into the park.
This World Heritage Site is 332 000 hecatres and contains three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700 year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25 000 year-old coastal dunes – you don’t need to wonder why it’s a classified World Heritage Site!
Formerly known as the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, the Park was later renamed in 2007 to better reflect its unique and beautiful identity, and of course to avoid confusion with the Caribbean island St Lucia.
The variety of natural settings, the profusion of wildlife, and the absolute magnificence of the Park draws tourists to the area in increasing numbers. There is plenty to do – from fishing, boating and scuba diving to hiking, horse riding, game viewing, whale, hippo, croc and bird watching.
By staying at Perna Perna St Lucia, you will have easy access to this grand Heritage Site. Situated on the main street of the charming coastal town of St Lucia, this cozy resort offers complete peace and tranquility as well as easy access to the estuary.