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iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa
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Kosi Bay

 

Photo by Maputaland.net

iSimangaliso Wetland Park, formerly Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, is a must see in KwaZulu-Natal. Not only is this World Heritage site home to five distinct ecosystems, marine park meets game reserve at this unique conservation area. Explore Africa's southernmost coral reef. Watch humpback whales from shore. Observe sea turtles - Loggerhead and Leatherback - nest and hatch. Bird in a mosaic of wetlands. View wildlife from a launch, open-air jeep or back of a horse. Spy on nature both day and night. Day hike in subtropical forests, grasslands and lily-covered pans. Trek the multi-day Emoyeni Trail. Fish in just about every way. iSimangaliso Wetland Park may be smaller than the Kruger, South Africa's largest park, and Botswana's Okavanga Delta but it has nothing to envy.
What is a Wetland?
Water Lily

Water Lily

Diane Geis-Hapka courtesy Three Lakes Chamber of Commerce/Pilch & Barnet

 
Wetlands are areas of land that are covered with water for all or part of the year. They provide food, shelter and protection for a wide range of species. Wetlands are one of the most diverse ecosystems. They are found from the tundra to the tropics and every continent but Antarctica. They are both coastal and inland. The water found in wetlands can be fresh, salty or brackish. Swamps, bogs, fens and marshes are types of wetlands. Three things distinguish wetlands from other landforms: soil, plant life and flow of water.
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