Maputaland is a remote, magical place of shimmering lakes and rivers, forests, bush and pristine sea shore. It incorporates the 260 000 hectare Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park (iSimangaliso Wetland Park), an internationally recognized World Heritage Site. It is one of the most unspoilt wilderness areas left on the African continent and a prime destination for ecotourists seeking an incomparable outdoor experience.
Besides Lake St. Lucia itself – a unique, 38 000 ha expanse of lake, islands and estuary – the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park (iSimangaliso Wetland Park) incorporates an astonishing variety of habitats ranging from the Lebombo Mountains to the grasslands, forests, wetlands, mangroves, dune forests, massive stretches of beach and off-shore coral reefs.
The Park supports an abundance of crocodile, hippo, black rhino, buffalo, waterbuck, kudu, nyala, impala, duiker and reedbuck, to name just a few species. Now after an absence of 100 years, elephant are being re-introduced to the eastern shores of Lake St. Lucia.
The spectacular Kosi Bay lakes, right on the Mozambique border, consist of four lakes, ranging from freshwater to saline, feeding into the ocean. The mouth of the Kosi Lakes is regarded as one of the best snorkeling sites anywhere in the world.
In the heart of Maputaland lies Lake Sibaya, 70 square kilometers of crystal clear water and 100 kilometers of pristine shoreline. As South Africa’s largest fresh water lake, the Ramsar Convention assures it international conservation status
Various lodges in the area offer guests easy access to a wide range of activities including canoeing on the lakes for brilliant birding opportunities, sundowner cruises, hippo sightings, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, surf-, spear- fly fishing and turtle watching.