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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: 8 in 2 units/rooms
From R 300,00
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Dinizulu Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hluhluwe

3.4km South of center of False Bay Park

Situated in Hluhluwe area. (1km from entrance gate to False Bay Park, 13km from Hluhluwe town, 30km from Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve).

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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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Jacana Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

3.7km North West of center of False Bay Park

2 x 2 sleeper bush lodges set in beautiful unique sand forest within Kuleni. Game Park. Game. Lodges have outside showers and fully equipped kitchenette.

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Sleeps: 18 in 6 units/rooms
From R 1 090,00
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Bushwillow Collection

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

3.9km North West of center of False Bay Park

The luxury bedroom units are linked by wooden walkways to a central facility with furnishings that nurture the bushveld experience. The spacious lounge, kitchen, dining room and pool deck create an ambience of solitude

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Sleeps: 8 in 2 units/rooms
From R 570,00
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Toad Tree Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

4.2km North West of center of False Bay Park

Toad Tree Lodge is a exclusive destination situated within a private game reserve. it boasts a wealth of antelope species, as well as giraffe, zebra and wildebeest, all of which are endemic to the area. we are a premier bird lovers destination ...

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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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Sand Forest Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hluhluwe

6.1km South of center of False Bay Park

Sand Forest Lodge is situated on a nature reserve on the edge of an ancient sand forest and lies 1.5km west of False Bay Park - part of the greater St Lucia Wetlands Park

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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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