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Maphelane

The southernmost jewel in iSimangaliso’s crown.

Maphelane sits at the south end of the Lake St Lucia Estuary basin on the shores of the uMfolozi River at the base of the soaring Maphelane dune. At 183m, this is South Africa’s highest vegetated dune, and the hike to the viewpoint is well worth the breathtaking views of the ocean and river mouth.

The small rustic resort, set deep within verdant coastal forest, is a popular base for fishermen and nature lovers. Ski boats are permitted to launch and shore fishing is excellent – the reason that generations of local families return year after year. The rocky intertidal areas provide opportunities for musseling and crayfishing. Swimming in the sea is risky due to strong currents, but at low tide there are shallow areas that may be suitable.

Fishing and family fun

The small rustic resort, set deep within verdant coastal forest, is a popular base for fishermen and nature lovers. Ski boats are permitted to launch and shore fishing is excellent – the reason that generations of local families return year after year. The rocky intertidal areas provide opportunities for musseling and crayfishing. Swimming in the sea is risky due to strong currents, but at low tide there are shallow areas that may be suitable.

Accommodation in the Park