iSimangaliso Wetland Park

iSimangaliso Wetland Park, St Lucia: Address, Phone Number, iSimangaliso Wetland Park Reviews: 4.5/5

iSimangaliso Wetland Park
4.5
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BHNsince1979
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa4 contributions
Croc and Hippo Boat Cruise
Apr 2021
Cruise was enjoyable, we saw one croc who had unfortunately hurt by a pitcher's snare. The snare slid the cross neck right open. Guide could have been better, but we were fortunate to see a bloat of hippos, quite a few groups.
Written 29 April 2021
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juzreed
Salt Rock, South Africa121 contributions
Self drive game drive, swim in Vidal and boat cruise
Apr 2021 • Family
The isimangaliso park, despite all of its environmental mismanagement in the past, is a uniquely beautiful place and a rejuvenation success story.

You can swim at a world class beach (Cape Vidal at low tide), see elephants on a game drive and cruise through the lake up to Hippo pods.

We self-drove to Vidal and spent some time on the beach.

That afternoon we went on a boat tour with Cian Barker of Sharkabarker tours. It was a fun and informative experience with a passionate and experienced guide. You will see hippos up close and if lucky other animals.

I would recommend Sharkabarge.

Ideally go on a day that isn’t windy.
Written 18 April 2021
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jamesmO8164OJ
23 contributions
Two exciting and memorable tours with Shakabarge boats, walks, tours & safaris
Apr 2021 • Couples
My husband and I came to St Lucia for our honeymoon trip and were advised to do the night drive and boat trip with Shakabarge tours. We learned so much about the history of the reserve and had such an amazing time on both the night drive through the grassland and the boat tour on the st Lucia River. Our guide was remarkable and knowledgeable about... well... everything. Thank you so much for such a memorable experience.
Written 1 April 2021
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edward i
Ballito, South Africa154 contributions
Okay if you' have a few hours to kill
Mar 2021
To be fair, our only experience of the Wetland Park was only driving from St Lucia to Cape Vidal. We took all the side roads and to be honest it's just a drive through vegetation with the odd sighting of antelope. But then again, perhaps our expectations were too high after recently visiting the KNP.
Written 30 March 2021
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bladesboyforlife
Ballito, South Africa32 contributions
Great self drive safari
Feb 2021 • Couples
A must self drive if you get the opportunity - we saw a list of wildlife too long to mention here, but one of the highlights was sharing the road for several minutes with 2 massive Rhino.
Written 19 February 2021
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mkotze938985
4 contributions
Waste of time and MONEY
Jan 2021
From the time we arrived at the gate/reception it was the worst experience ever on all our travels. Lack of management and training of staff is a huge factor. The staff were rude, we felt as if we were not welcome. They refused to take my International passport and demanded a south Africa drives document, which we don't have.
We have informed all our travel agents in the UK not to book at this wetland park for any of there future bookings to South Africa for clients that are going to be visiting the country.
The roads in the park are in very bad repair (dirt roads) the tar roads are not bad. The bush on the edges of the roads need to be cut back as you are unable to see in and the water hole at the hide is falling down. The signage all needs to be replaced see phot, you need to be ontop of it to read.
So bottom line close the park and do some cleaning up and repairs, and he management must get involved and not just sit back and draw fat salaries.
We visited this park back in 1993 and it was stunning, I guess that was the last of the well run parks in South Africa.
Written 1 February 2021
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K507OJandrew
Mokopane, South Africa31 contributions
Variety is the spice of life
Dec 2020
My first visit to Isimangaliso and I was pleasantly surprised. The entrance fee is quite reasonable if you take the (more expensive) Rhino card, but with this in hand our daily entrance for 4 persons came to R20.If you plan multiple visits this is the way to go. Most of the roads are tarred and in good condition. I did not expect to see so many kudu. An added bonus is going down to Cape Vidal and taking a dip in the warm Indian ocean. You can't do that in Kruger national park!
Written 26 January 2021
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Peter F
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa499 contributions
Top Class
Jan 2021
This was a lovely relaxed drive through the park up to Cape Vidal. Several lovely view sites. We saw a good variety of animals and birds . Well worth a visit.
Written 10 January 2021
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Burtonesque
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa15 contributions
Safari at night
Dec 2020
Did the nocturnal tour with guide - three hours. Interesting experience with a fair sprinkling of sightings.
Written 5 January 2021
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info2021
Pretoria, South Africa3 contributions
Beautifully Diverse
Dec 2020 • Family
Absolutely Amazed by the diversity in this park.
Saw many, many animals.
Just wish the money would be spent on the upkeep a little more..
Otherwise, worth even penny...
Written 3 January 2021
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