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False Bay Park

Categories:camping; trails; picnic site;

False Bay Park is situated along the western shores of Lake St Lucia and forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park.Most of the 2 247 ha False Bay Park is covered with sand forest, woodland and mixed patches of open shoreline. False Bay Park also boasts one of South Africa's only Pink-backed Pelican colonies. Two main trails, the Dugandlovu and Mpophomeni trails, offer excellent opportunities to explore the fantastic birdlife in this area.

Pink-throated Longclaws can be found if flooded, and vegetation-covered inlets. A variety of waterbirds occur in the inlets, and Lesser Jacana. Goliath Heron, Black Egret and Little Bittern may be found standing quietly among the edge vegetation, while Painted Snipe prefer the muddy areas.

In the open areas look in the tops of bare trees for Southern Banded Snake-Eagle, and Broad-billed Roller in summer. Look and listen in areas with dense undergrowth for the shy Green Coucal, and look along the edges for the Maputaland endemic Pink-throated Twinspot.

Bird parties are frequently encountered, allowing a variety of species to be seen in a short time. These parties include Rudd's Apalis, White Helmetshrike, Square-tailed Drongo and Yellow-bellied Bulbul. Look carefully among the branches under the canopy for the colourful Narina Trogon and the Eastern Nicator, which may be heard calling from a long way off.

The sand forest in False Bay Park is probably one of the best places to see African Broadbill. Along the trails, find a patch of forest with a closed canopy but an open understorey.


From Mtubatuba follow the N2 north towards Mkhuze. After about 55 km take the Hluhluwe turn-off, follow this road through the town of Hluhluwe and follow the well-marked road signs from here. False Bay Park is about 15 km further east of Hluhluwe Railway Station.

Aditional Information

There are rustic huts as well as camping/caravan sites in the park.

Last updated: 04 Sept 2009