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False Bay Park

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.

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Sleeps: 24 in 9 units/rooms

Umkhumbi Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

3.7km North West of center of False Bay Park

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.

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Sleeps: 8
From R 3 200,00
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Thornwood

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

4.7km North West of center of False Bay 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

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Sleeps: 7

Chumbi Bush House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hluhluwe

5.2km North West of center of False Bay Park

Situated within 'Kuleni Game Park' near Hluhluwe. This Multi award winning and affordable Chumbi Bush House is the perfect place to be at your most peaceful self.

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Umziki Pan

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

6.9km South of center of False Bay Park

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.

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Hluhluwe River Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

9.8km South of center of False Bay Park

Twelve luxury thatched chalets are dotted around a magnificent indigenous garden each with its own viewing deck. There are eight two bed chalets, two four bed family chalets with private shower and toilet facilities. In addition there are two ...

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Ezulwini Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

12.2km South of center of False Bay Park

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.

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Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Hluhluwe

13.0km South West of center of False Bay Park

Set in the magnificent Elephant Coast, near South Africa’s oldest Game Reserve, the 3-star Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris, is the ultimate South African holiday destination.

Sleeps: 34 in 17 units/rooms
From R 699,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

16.0km South of center of False Bay Park

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.

Sleeps: 46 in 21 units/rooms
From R 699,00
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Gooderson DumaZulu Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

18.7km South of center of False Bay Park

Guests can enjoy an unrivalled ethnic experience by staying in DumaZulu Lodge which consists of ethnic units resembling the different tribes of Southern Africa on the exterior while the interior is modern and tastefully decorated in ethnic fabrics

Cape Vidal

Holiday Resort Accommodation in St Lucia Wetlands

25.9km South East of center of False Bay Park

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

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