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PelicanLocated in northern Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, the uMkhuze Section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site was proclaimed in 1912..

It falls within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formerly known as the St. Lucia Wetland Park) World Heritage Site. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) is the conservation management authority for KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa, and has as it’s mandate the conservation of indigenous biodiversity in the province.

A place of great beauty and high contrasts, the uMkhuze Section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (also referred to as uMkhuze Game Reserve) is renowned for its astonishing diversity of natural habitats and is a mecca for bird watchers. From the eastern slopes of the Ubombo mountains along its eastern boundary, to broad stretches of acacia savannah, swamps, a variety of woodlands and riverine forests as well as a substantial and rare sand forest found in the heart of the reserve.

The uMkhuze River, with a picturesque stretch of fig forest along its banks, curves along the Reserve’s northern and eastern borders. This diversity of habitats means a wide variety of animal species including black and white rhinoceros, elephant, giraffe, nyala, blue wildebeest, warthog, hippo, impala, kudu and other smaller antelope. Cheetah, hyena, suni, wild dog, lion and leopard are among the rare species occurring in uMkhuze.