False Bay Park is situated along the western shores of Lake St. Lucia,
forming a portion of the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park. Previously known as the St.
Lucia Wetlands Park, this area has been proclaimed a world heritage site. False
Bay Park covers approximately 4,000 ha. Popular activities at False Bay include boating, fishing, hiking and horseback riding.
False Bay Park is composed of a diverse range habitats which include tracts of sand forest, thornveld and open savannah, as well as stretches of pristine shoreline. This variety in natural diversity provides visitors to the park with excellent bird watching and game viewing, and can be best experienced on either of the two self guided trails which run through the park, namely the Dugandlovu and Mpophomeni trails. The False Bay Park also serves as one of KwaZulu Natal's prime bird watching destinations, and is home to one of South Africa's few remaining Pink Backed Pelican colonies. Avid birders will be rewarded with sightings of such species as Pink-throated Longclaws, Lesser Jacana, Goliath Heron and Black Egret, all of which are seen along the grassy shoreline of the lake. Visitors should be aware that crocodiles frequent the shoreline as well.
Visitors to the park who make use of the trails will spot such species as
Southern Banded Snake-Eagle, and Broad-billed Roller in the treetops in summer,
while ground birds frequenting the undergrowth include the elusive Green Coucal,
and the Pink-throated Twinspot which is endemic to the region. Neergaard's
Sunbird, Purple-banded Sunbird, and the highly vocal Crested Guinea fowl are
also regularly seen in the park. However the closed canopy sand forest at False
Bay Park yields the best birding opportunities, with sightings of groups of
species which include Rudd's Apalis, White Helmetshrike, Square-tailed Drongo
and Yellow-bellied Bulbul.
Other than the massive variety of birds which inhabit the False Bay Park, the region provides decent sightings of various small mammals , for example common and red duiker, and the rare and diminutive suni antelope. Visitors should also be aware that hippos come ashore to graze at night, and those camping or staying in the hutted accommodation should always carry torches when walking around at night.
An interesting variety of flora also exists within the False Bay Park, and includes nectar-producing trees such as the Weeping Boer-bean (Schotia brachypetala) which can reach a height of 22 m displaying richly coloured red flowers popular among birds, and the Coast Coral tree (Erythrina caffra), Lebombo wattle (Newtonia hildebrandti), Zulu podberry (Dialium schlechteri) and Black Monkey Thorn (Acacia burkei) also grow in large numbers in the park. Also featured at the False Bay Park, is an attractive interpretive centre, which houses a variety of important marine fossils of both animals and coral.
Comfortable overnight facilities are available at Ezulwini Lodge, and there are choices between either one of six self-catering units detailed under the Rates section below. Breakfast and dinner are being served in a central kitchen-lapa.
Bushlands Game Lodge is centrally situated in Zululand and surrounded by 300 000 acres of National Parks, including Hluhluwe/Umfolozi, Mkuzi, Nduma, Sodwana Bay and St. Lucia.
Cape Vidal falls within the St Lucia Marine Reserve and is situated north-east of St Lucia within the Isimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site. This pretty bay is supported by a variety of accommodation set back in the dunes.There are 18 five-bedded
The lodge has been sensitively built into pristine African sandforest, carefully preserving this fragile ecology. The focus is on conservation through education and environmental awareness.
Mkhuze Game Reserve is situated in Northern Zululand, roughly 335 km from Durban. The reserve was established on 15 February 1912 and is 40 000 ha in extent. Today it forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
Thornwood offers luxury accommodation for up to 8 people in a self-catering, fully serviced, upmarket lodge. A unique blend of luxury timber frame units, fit seamlessly into the surrounding bush
No.9 The Bridge. Recently refurbished, 2 bed ground floor unit, sleeping up to 6 - double bed in main room and 2 singles in the second with a sleeper couch in the lounge.
Rhino Coast Guest House is an upmarket, luxury Bed & Breakfast situated in the town of St. Lucia Kwa-Zulu Natal. It offers a tranquil escape for a discerning world traveler or business executive.
Umziki is the Zulu name for the common Reedbuck which occur on this 80ha Natural Heritage Site (no.67) The property has been awarded this prestigious status due to the presence of pristine sand forest habitat and associated endemic plants.