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False Bay Park, South Africa
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The 2247 hectare (5550 acre) False Bay Park may be one of the smaller reserves in iSimangaliso Wetland Park yet its untamed environment and proximity to game parks and beaches make it an ideal base for adventurers. Boat and fish on Lake St. Lucia. Hike self-guided trails. Explore sand forests, thornveld and open savannah. Enjoy the sunset on a viewing platform. Spot wildlife and birds. But don't expect to see the big five. False Bay is home to butterflies, small mammals and crocodiles. Of note, the small interpretive center boasts a collection of marine and coral fossils.
Getting There
False Bay Park is situated in northern KwaZulu Natal and is part of iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The park is located on the western shores of Lake St. Lucia and is roughly 15 km (9 miles) east of Hluhluwe and 105 km (65 miles) north of Richards Bay. The only way to reach the park is to drive. Take the N2 to Hluhluwe and follow the signs.
Getting Around
There are two self-guided hiking trails at False Bay and one viewing platform. The terrain is flat and the trails are considered easy walks.
When to Travel
The climate in False Bay Park is subtropical. Summers are hot and humid. Winters are mild and dry. False Bay boasts 300 days of sun but rain is possible from November to March. The peak season (December, January, April, and July) coincides with South African school holidays.
Health & Safety
False Bay Park is a malaria risk area. Precaution is warranted. Swimming in Lake St. Lucia is prohibited as crocs are present.
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Hours & Seasons
Park gates are open daily 5:00 - 20:00 October to March and 6:00 - 20:00 April to September. The camp office is open daily 8:00 - 12:30 and 14:00 - 16:30.
Admission & Fees
A day use fee is charged to all visitors. Children under 3 years of age are free of charge. A reduced rate is available for children aged 3 - 12. Camp fees are charged per person.
Contact Details
For additional information on False Bay Park and iSimangaliso Wetland Park dial +27 (0)33 845 1002 or send an email to info@kznwildlife.com. For camp reservations dial +27 (0)33 845 1000 or send an email to webmail@kznwildlife.com.
Things to Keep in Mind
Hluhluwe is the nearest town with full services. The drought continues to limit boat launchings and lake cruises.
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