The Isimangaliso Wetlands Park (previously known as Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park) stretches from Sodwana Bay in the north all the way to Mapelane in the south and makes up an enormous park of 254 000 hectares.
The St Lucia Wilderness Trail is just one of the many activities on offer in the Park and is a guided trail which starts from Bhangazi Base Camp near St Lucia. Both the first and lasts nights of the trail are spent at Base Camp while the other two nights are spent ‘roughing it’ in the wilderness area.
The two camps are Bhangazi Base Camp and the Wilderness Trail Camp. At Bhangazi the accommodation is made up of four two man tents which are equipped with mattresses and bedding (sheets, blankets and pillows). A camp cook is provided as is a fully equipped kitchen with fridge facilities (these are however, limited). Ablution facilities are made up of a shower with hot and cold water and a flush toilet.
The Wilderness Trail Camp has the same sleeping facilities but there is no kitchen (cooking is done over an open fire) and the ablutions are limited; a hot water bucket shower. There is no toilet! Catering is provided with three meals a day – this starts with supper on the day of your arrival and ends with breakfast on the day of your departure.
This area is made up of various habitats; dune forests, seascapes as well as lakes and pans (a perfect place to spot hippo and crocs). Talking of animals, in addition to the hippos and crocs you can expect to see rhino, elephant and buffalo. This area is also well known for its bird life.
The summer temperatures and high humidity levels make the trail uncomfortable to do during the summer months so the St Lucia Wilderness Trail runs from Friday to Monday during the months of April through to October. This trail is perfect for people who enjoy guided wilderness trails. Catering for eight people its perfect for a group of friends.
Bookings & Contact:
Booking should be made through Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Telephone +27 (0)33 845-1000