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Western Shores iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Just before entering the town of St Lucia, one will pass the Western Shores of iSimangaliso Wetland Park Gate (Dukuduku Gate). The western shores now officially open to the public offers one a sense of true bush yet it is so closely situated to the coast.

The park boasts the Big 5, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino and Leopard and numerous other wildlife species that makes for a true safari like reserve. iSimangaliso Wetland Park is the managing authority as have since dramatically improved the infrastructure within this park. One has the opportunity not only to experience incredible scenery but also enjoy the various lookouts and canopy walks that are found in the park.

Imagine Giraffes or Elephants while the African sun sets, Leopards stalking at night or Hippo's grazing in the wild. This is what makes the Western Shores so special. Its an incredible park with exciting and amazing wildlife species to be found.

The western shores is cut by Lake St Lucia and thus the western and the eastern sides of the park. The two parks have a different feel to them. one with the Ocean ( Cape Vidal ) and the other bush and Estuary. If you are in the area we would definitely recommend that you venture into this magnificent park during day light hours.

Take a picnic basket along as unfortunately their are no shops within the park.

Accessing the park can be done via the Dukuduku Gate just outside of St Lucia, or alternatively the Charters creek offramp while in the N2 between Hluhluwe and Mtubatuba Towns.  

Fishing is possible from Charters Creek however please do enquire prior as water levels do fluctuate.

Top Atractions while in the Western Shores include:

•uMphate Loop with Kweyezalukazi lookout
•Kwelamadoda Pan – abundance of birdlife
•uBhejane picnic site
•eMgadankawu hide
•Kwelezintombi Pan
•uMdoni loop taking you to the uMthoma aerial boardwalk
•uMthoma aerial boardwalk overlooping the Lake St Lucia narrows and with magnificent views from Maphelane to Cape Vidal

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Western Shores Map

western shores canopy walk look out Lake St Lucia

Activities and Accommodation

Day Safari

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Organised Day Drive Safaris departing daily to go insearch of the various wildlife within the park. Venture into the bush with a Open Game Drive Vehicle and discover this unique Wetland Park.

Night Drive Safari

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Explore the African Bush on a Night Drive Safari into the Western Shores, go insearch of the Big 4, Hippo, Giraffe, Chameleons and more on this Nocturnal Safari. Conducted in a Open Game Drive Safari Vehicle

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Top Attraction is the Hippo Boat Cruises at R300 pp