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South Africa St Lucia Tours & Attractions - Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park

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Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park

 
 

Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park Hippo

 
 

Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park Leopard

The guided tour of the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park encompasses the five distinct ecosystems, rich in culture, wildlife, plant growth, minerals and scenery. An ecosystem so unique and diverse that this piece of African paradise was declared Natural World Heritage Site. by UNESCO in 1999. Certainly, the central focus is the Lake St Lucia system itself, home to over a thousand hippos, countless crocodiles, 114 species of fish and over 500 species of birds, not to mention buck and other animals. Migratory birds travel thousands of kilometres every year to reach the St Lucia Estuary. The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park has the greatest number of crocodiles and hippos of all the nature parks in South Africa.

The tour departs early morning from Zulani Guest House in open game drive vehicles and is a full day in duration. The guide will provide insights to wildlife, birds, plants, insects, reptiles and scenic beauty that all forms part of the tour. The Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park in fact supports more species of wildlife than the better-known Kruger National Park. A light meal lunch and refreshments are served at Cape Vidal where you get to spend some time on the beach.

The Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park, comprising 328000 hectares, is made up of five discrete ecosystems each with its own characteristic features. Each ecosystem functions independently, yet they are all interlinked.

The Marine ecosystem - characterised by the warm Indian Ocean, coral reefs and long unspoilt sandy beaches. The most important factors causing this ecosystem are the currents. The warm southerly Agulhas Current, a kilometre or two offshore, enables tropical, coral, plants and fish to survive this far south. Closer inshore the northward moving longshore current carries the sand that produces the sandy beaches and dunes.
The Eastern Shores ecosystem - with lush forest on tall dunes, grassy plains and a variety of wetlands. The most important factors causing this ecosystem are the the dunes, said to be the largest vegetated dunes in the world. These dunes have been built and shaped by the wind over the past 25 000 years. They deflect moist onshore winds upward causing condensation and rainfall. They form a watershed deflecting rain westwards to the St Lucia wetlands and the lake.
Lake St Lucia ecosystem - South Africa's natural water body. An ever changing ecosystem, the most important factors causing this are the salinity levels and the mouth closure to the sea. When the mouth is closed migratory marine life cannot use the estuary to spawn and mature. During times of drought very few fish survive the very high salinity levels, but this is the ideal state for flocks of flamingos. And vice versa.
The Mkuze Swamps ecosystem - a huge reed and papyrus swamp. The cause of this ecosystem is the centuries of sediment washed down from the Mkuze catchment area. What was formerly a lake became shallower and shallower until it became the largest swamp in South Africa.
The Western Shores ecosystem - dry savannah and thornveld. A relatively dry ecosystem. The complex interactions of soil, rainfall, fire and man has shaped the vegetation in this landscape into its present form.

 

 

South Africa St Lucia Tours & Attractions - Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park

For convenience, The Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park Tour bookings can be conveniently made at,
Zulani Guest House, with our In-house Tour Alliance Operator.

Contact Details:
Tel: +27 (0)35 590 1427
E-Mail: stlucia@zulani.co.za

 

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