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iSimangaliso (The Wetland Park)
" The Wetlands Park must be the only place on the globe where the world's oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world's biggest terrestrial mammal (the African elephant) share an ecosystem with the world's oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world's biggest marine mammal (Whale)"
Former President Nelson Mandela, 10th August 2001.
iSimangaliso, The Wetland Park - a World Heritage Site in South Africa which joins other international attractions like the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Pyramids. Humankind has long recognized that our globe harbors places of such outstanding value that they deserve to be conserved & protected for the benefit of all humanity. iSimangaliso, Wetland Park is South Africa's first natural World Heritage Site. This entire coastline including the surrounding big 5 game reserves is known as the Elephant Coast.
The Elephant Coast - a very special slice of Africa incorporating the iSimangaliso, The Wetland Park offering visitors some of the most diverse wildlife and outdoor experiences imaginable. This unique, 38 000 ha expanse of lake, islands and estuary, incorporates an astonishing variety of habitats ranging from the Lebombo mountains to grasslands, forests, wetlands, mangroves and vegetated dunes, with magnificent beaches and coral reefs.
The combined activities in & around the iSimangaliso, The Wetland Park is found nowhere else on earth!
The World Heritage status awarded to the iSimangaliso, The Wetland Park includes the fact that the iSimangaliso protects 5 distinct but interconnected ecosystems.
The marine Ecosystem - coral reefs, rocky & sandy beaches.
The Eastern Shores - barrier between lake & sea
The Mkuze Swamps - pans & papyrus
Lake St. Lucia - The largest Estuary in Africa
The Western Shores- an old marine shoreline
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