Abounding with treasures both old and new

Place of ancient secrets
False Bay is a living, working museum on marine evolution
False Bay is a living, working museum on marine evolution
Sixty million years ago, this strip of land on the western side of Lake St Lucia was covered by the sea. Fascinating marine fossils of both animals and corals are still found scattered throughout the area.
Discover the thrill of the Small Five…
A keen eye can pick out the most beautiful details
A keen eye picks out the most beautiful details
False Bay is the widest section of Lake St Lucia, hemmed in by two peninsulas – the Nibela to the north and the Nhlozi to the south. It is a unique area that offers visitors the opportunity to experience the joy of discovering the smaller species. The area is comprised of a variety of habitats including woodland, thornveld, open savannah, shoreline, and one of the richest remaining pockets of sand forest left in Southern Africa. These habitats provide excellent bird-watching and are home to an abundance of smaller game species. Whether on foot or horseback, the Park is sure to reveal the little wonders of nature like antelope and primates, birds and butterflies.
…And a few scary inhabitants, too
Crocodiles and hippo lurk in the lake
Crocodiles and hippo lurk in the Lake
But don’t be fooled by the Park’s understated, benign charm. There are Nile crocodiles in the lake, as well as hippo – Africa’s most lethal animal. They wander the area by night, coming out of the water to graze. The presence of these animals makes swimming hazardous, but boating and fishing are possible.
Birds and butterflies
False Bay Park delights the bird or butterfly enthusiast
False Bay delights the bird and butterfly enthusiasts
This is an excellent place to view many species of birds and butterflies. Birders regard iSImangaliso as one of the finest places to spot African broadbills, and colourful species such as the gold-banded forester and forest queen are found in the area. Visitors can also see one of the country’s few remaining pink-backed Pelican colonies here.
Take a walk on the wild side
Going by foot is the way to spot creatures great and small
Moving on foot is the way to spot creatures great and small
Two self-guided walking trails have been established to allow visitors to enjoy the full benefit of the area. The Dugandlovu and the Mphophomeni trails enable visitors to explore the sand forests, thornveld and open savannah on foot. Trails average 8km each, meandering through forest and along the Lake shoreline.
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Useful Information
Getting There

False Bay lies 16km from the town of Hluhluwe along the R22.

Gate Opening & Closing Times

Gate opening and closing times:
06h00 to 18h00
Reception hours:
08h00 to 16h00 (Mon – Sat)
07h00 to 15h00 (Sun)

Contact Details
+27 35 562 0425
Entry Fees

Adults: R34
Children (under the age of 12): R21
Community Levy: R5 per person

Public Facilities