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The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park , a proclaimed World Natural Heritage site, covers over 250,000 hectares and includes St Lucia Game Reserve, St Lucia Marine Reserve, Sodwana Bay Reserve, Maputaland Marine Reserve, Cape Vidal, Ozabeni, Mfabeni, Tewate Wilderness Area and Mkuzi Game Reserve.

There are five distinct eco-systems in the Park including seashore, dune forest, wetlands, fresh water lakes, mangrove swamps, papyrus banks and dry savannah. This diversity of eco systems leads to an equal diversity of wildlife including 500 species of birds, 120 species of fresh water and estuarine fish. Mammals include hippo, elephant, buffalo, black and white rhino and many antelope.

Lake St Lucia itself is one of Africa's largest estuaries and is a breeding area for countless prawns, crabs, fish including the Zambezi shark and other marine animals.

We will take a boat tour of the lake to see some of it's 800 hippo, 1,200 crocodiles, untold thousands of flamingos and over 100 African Fish Eagles. A visit is also possible to the Crocodile Centre where efforts are underway to ensure the survival of the endangered Dwarf and Longnosed African crocodiles.

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