Eastern Shores

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

The four scenic routes in the Eastern Shores – pan, vlei (marshland), coastal dune and grassland – each reflect their different features and ecosystems. Hides, decks and viewpoints provide vistas and wildlife-viewing opportunities.

For those looking to stay in the area there's an excellent accommodation option: Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife manages the pretty Cape Vidal Camp, near the shores of Lake Bhangazi. Minimum charges apply.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby iSimangaliso Wetland Park attractions

1. Bats Cave

2.23 MILES

At low tide you can walk the 5km from Mission Rocks to this bat-filled cave.

2. Mission Rocks

2.29 MILES

Mission Rocks is a rugged and rock-covered shoreline known for the rock pools that have a fabulous array of sea life on view during low tide. It's…

3. Mt Tabor Lookout

2.31 MILES

Hikers should head to the Mt Tabor lookout, where three trail loops lead to spectacular views of Lake St Lucia and the Indian Ocean. It's about 4km before…

4. Western Shores


The region northwest of St Lucia Estuary is called the Western Shores, and comprises two stunning lakeside spots, known as Fani’s Island (closed to…

5. Cape Vidal

7.01 MILES

If you ask anyone in the know what to see in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park they'll most likely suggest Cape Vidal. Some of the forested sand dunes here…

6. iSimangaliso Wetland Park

10.98 MILES

iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a sprawling, diverse ecosystem comprised of hundreds of kilometres of beaches, lakes, wetlands and forests to explore. The…