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iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa
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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.
History & Culture
iSimangaliso Wetland Park, inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1999, covers 239,566 hectares (591,980 acres) and encompasses 13 protected areas. It comprises both a coastal plain and continental shelf and wide-range of pristine environments including coral reefs, sandy beaches, coastal dunes, lake systems, swamps, and reed and papyrus wetlands.
Online maps are a great family travel planning resource and great way to get the kids involved in a family vacation. Use online maps of KwaZulu Natal to pinpoint your family travel destination, identify points of interest and plan your itinerary. And use online maps to learn about the history, geography and politics of the land.
Books are a great way to introduce younger children to a new adventure and get teens and tweens ready for a family trip. Find recommended reading lists for family travel to South Africa and, in addition to learning about the country and the people, discover wildlife and nature.
Music & Sound
Music is a great way to introduce children to a vacation destination and embark on a journey through sound. Listen to local radio and explore the sound of the Zulu language. Listen to bird sounds and bird songs. Learn to identify birdcalls. How many bird species can you identify by their sounds, songs and calls? Brush up before you depart and test your skills on a birdwatching trip. Hold a competition and find out which member of your family can identify the most.
Local newspapers provide insight to local culture in a way books can't. Read South African news online and brush up on South African current events. Get South African news and, in addition to discovering what South Africans are reading, find out what's happening in KwaZulu Natal and test your Zulu language skills.
Kids' Stuff
Online resources make learning lots of fun. Get fun facts about South Africa. Learn about conservation and wildlife. Play wildlife games online. Use an online dictionary to translate words from English to Zulu. Listen to key phrases and unlock the sound of the Zulu language. Test your knowledge before you depart and again when you return. Print the information you find fascinating and take it with you on your family trip. Explain your findings to your family members and use the things you learn to make your travel journal really cool.
Associations and non-profit organizations are a valuable resource as well as means to get involved. Learn about a few of the organizations active in the South African province of KwaZulu Natal. Find out who's doing what to conserve wildlife and the environment and preserve natural treasure such as iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
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