There is no doubt why this area is Heritage listed. From whale watching to game drives the many intertwined ecosystems make this a 'must visit' area if you go to South Africa. You will need several days in this area if you want to get the best out of it. Spend a day in the wetlands and coastal areas and look for migrating whales in the Indian ocean or go hippo and crocodile spotting in the estuary. Spend a day exploring either or both the eastern and western iSimangaliso nature reserve. There is an abundance of bird and animal wildlife and both sides can be self driven or guided. Guided tours go off road in some areas so this adds to the experience. Take a picnic or have a BBQ at Cape Vidal but be mindful that the local monkeys WILL steal food from you if you are not looking. St . Lucia is a friendly town that provides the perfect base from which to access this wonderful piece of the world. It has some lovely dining places, curio shops and a 24hr market place (in case you want to shop for souvenirs in the night). Apparently the hippo come out of the water at night to feed on grass and are often found in the town, but keep your distance if you see them. Remember that they are wild and can be very dangerous. We did not see them in town so will just have to come back. A visit to South Africa without a stop here is not complete.