Maphelena Nature Reserve

Maphelena Nature Reserve

Maphelana Nature Reserve is located within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which was previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, on the banks of the Umfolozi River. The bay near the river mouth is sheltered by an offshore reef, providing a safe launch site for deep sea fishing boats, surf fishing and spear fishing are also popular in the area. Mussels, oysters and crayfish can be found in the rocky intertidal pools, however a permit is required to extract them. The bay also provides a decent spot for swimming, although visitors should be aware that there are no shark nets. It is also recommended that visitors only swim and snorkell at low tide.

There are two self-guided trails in the Maphelana Nature reserve, of which one makes its way along the estuary bank, and the other to the top of the dune which allows for magnificent views of the ocean and the Umfolozi river mouth. The reserve also contains a dune forest which provides birdwatchers with a long list of almost two hundred recorded species to spot. Wildlife inhabiting the forest include various small buck, mongoose, monkey and red squirrel, while hippo and crocodile can be seen along the edge of the estuary.

Accommodation Near Maphelena Nature Reserve

Maphelane Resort

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Maphelane

2.7km North of Maphelena Nature Reserve

Maphelane is situated on the south bank of the Mfolozi river mouth. It is the southernmost camp in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. There are 10 five-bedded, fully-equipped log cabins. There are 40 camp and caravan sites, with modern ablution blocks availab

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Ingwenya Lodge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

2.8km North West of Maphelena Nature Reserve

AA Highly recommended, family & pet friendly self catering units serviced daily. Ocean & lake view units available, all with aircon, DSTV & free Wifi. Huge tree-house, trampoline & pool, abundant birdlife & lush gardens. 6 units sleeping 2 - 8 guests.

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Little Eden St Lucia

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

2.9km North West of Maphelena Nature Reserve

Little Eden St Lucia Self Catering Accommodation is a 4 STAR, AA HIGHLY RECOMMENDED quality assured establishment who offers up market and tastefully decorated self catering apartments, nestled onto the verge of the first South Africa World Heritage Site

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Sleeps: 26 in 8 units/rooms

Ndiza Cabanas

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

2.9km North West of Maphelena Nature Reserve

Ndiza is a privately owned establishment committed to service and quality as well as dedicated personal attention while hosting guests in beautiful South Africa. You will leave Ndiza with cherished memories and experiences.

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St Lucia Camping Resort

Caravan or Camping Accommodation in St Lucia Wetlands

2.9km North of Maphelena Nature Reserve

St Lucia Estuary is situated within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the springboard for exploring the wonders of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park.

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Sleeps: 20 in 4 units/rooms

St Lucia Wilds

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

3.0km North West of Maphelena Nature Reserve

We offer self-catering holiday accommodation, with owner family living on property. Units are standard, comfortable, no-nonsense, very well equipped, clean and neat. We have 3 joined apartment units and 1 affordable (budget type) flatlet unit.

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Sunset Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

3.1km North West of Maphelena Nature Reserve

We are self catering luxury log cabins with air conditioning. We have 4 chalets that sleeps four people, 1 five sleeper and 1 two sleeper. There is a microwave, fridge with freezer, kettle, toaster and hob in each chalet. There is one bathroom in ...

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Sleeps: 7

St. Lucia Holiday Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

3.2km North West of Maphelena Nature Reserve

St Lucia Holiday Cottage is your best choice accommodation for visiting St Lucia. Our property borders the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, offering premium views of both sea and lake. Our private holiday home is pure paradise. It is uniquely located...

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Hornbill Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

3.3km North West of Maphelena Nature Reserve

This spacious and comfortable two bedroom house with two bathrooms can accommodate from up to 7 people. Serviced daily, fully equipped and self catering.

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Elephant Lake Inn

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in St Lucia

3.3km North West of Maphelena Nature Reserve

The Elephant Lake Inn is located in the town of St Lucia, Kwa Zulu Natal, surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa's first World Heritage Site. St Lucia is 25km from the main N2 route between Durban and Swaziland.

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