The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. The Park encloses Lake St. Lucia, the largest estuarine system in Africa, as well as two other major lake systems; Kosi Lake and Lake Sibayi.


The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority supports the work of the department (DEA) in conservation within iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The Park was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its superlative natural beauty and unique global values and is regulated by the by World Heritage Act.

The 332,000 hectare Park contains three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700 year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25,000 year-old coastal dunes – among the highest in the world. Beaches stretch 220 kilometers from Maphelane in the south to Kosi Bay on the Mozambique border. The park encompasses the foothills of the Lubombo mountains, coastal forests, the St Lucia lake system and grasslands on Lake St Lucia’s Eastern Shores. Off shore, there are spectacular coral reefs and colourful underwater life.


Who to contact

iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority 

Telephone: 035 590 1633/ 1602 

The Dredger Harbour
Private Bag X05
St Lucia

Chief Executive Officer (Acting):
Prof. Anis Karodia

Telephone: 035 590 1528

Business Director: Terri Castis

World Heritage Convention:
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recognises and protects World Heritage Sites as places of exceptional cultural or environmental /natural value through the World Heritage Convention. South Africa has been a signatory since 1997. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park, listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999, is the only World Heritage Site in the KZN Coastal Region.


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