Visitors planning a trip to the iSimangaliso World Heritage Site this summer are in for a host of exciting new facilities to enhance their holiday. During the past year, several attractions have been finalised and opened to the public. Here are some of the new attractions:
Eastern Shores: Kwasheleni Tower
This original fire tower harks back to the days when the Eastern Shores section was under commercial forestry. Today, a well-stocked game park and the tower has been completely rebuilt and designed to maximise the outstanding 360-degree views of this stunning section of the Park, looking out from the high vegetated dunes over the ocean, and inland towards the Western Shores. On a clear day, the spectacle is breath-taking and unmatched. If you only visit one new iSimangaliso site, make this the one! (Find the sign marking Dune Loop on the way to Cape Vidal).
St Lucia Estuary precinct
The parking area at the end of Albacore Street towards the St Lucia Ski Boat Club and Sugarloaf campsite has also had a facelift, resulting in a very attractive parking area for visitors to indulge in some authentic craft shopping, or to begin the scenic stroll along the Estuary Boardwalk to the beach. New public ablutions have been built and the area is large enough to accommodate the parking and turning circles of tour busses. The aesthetics are now in keeping with the rest of the Park's new infrastructure, forming a great entrance hub for tourists to explore this magical area before heading off to the Ski Boat Club for some nourishment and refreshments.