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Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park or iSimangaliso Wetland Park

UNESCO World Heritage Site near Richards Bay, South Africa

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The Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park is now called the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest estuarine system in Africa and is found in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa. St. Lucia has exceptional biodiversity including some 521 bird species.

We visited the St. Lucia wetlands while the Silversea Silver Wind was docked in Richards Bay, South Africa. This wetlands area was much different than the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, which was also near Richards Bay. The iSimangaliso Wetlands where we rode the tour boats looks much like the marshy intracoastal waterway area around St. Simons and Jekyll Islands of Georgia except it is famous for its numerous crocodiles and hippopotamus. One interesting fact -- hippos kill more people in Africa each year than any other animal. They are quite ferocious, despite their somewhat comical look.

We saw many hippos, crocodiles, and bird species at St. Lucia, and also found time to do some shopping in the market.

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Getting Ready to Board the Tour Boat at the St. Lucia WetlandsGetting Ready to Board the Tour Boat at the St. Lucia WetlandsSt. Lucia Wetlands Tour BoatSt. Lucia Wetlands Tour BoatHippopotamus at the iSimangaliso Wetland ParkHippopotamus at the iSimangaliso Wetland ParkHippopotamus at the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands ParkHippopotamus at the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park
Hippopotamus at the iSimangaliso Wetland Park near Richards Bay, South AfricaHippopotamus at the iSimangaliso Wetland Park near Richards Bay, South AfricaHippopotamus at the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands ParkHippopotamus at the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands ParkHippopotamus at St. Lucia Wetlands ParkHippopotamus at St. Lucia Wetlands ParkGiant Heron at the iSimangaliso Wetland ParkGiant Heron at the iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Eagle at the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands ParkEagle at the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands ParkWater Birds at the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands ParkWater Birds at the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands ParkShopping in St. Lucia in the KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa near Richards BayShopping in St. Lucia in the KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa near Richards BayShopping in St. Lucia in the KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa near Richards BayShopping in St. Lucia in the KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa near Richards Bay
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