The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park extends roughly from Sodwana Bay, Mkhuze Game Reserve and the Lower Mkuze Road in the north to Mapelane in the south; and from the seaward edge of the marine reserves in the east to the western shores. It is a jigsaw puzzle of many pieces, each of which is a separately proclaimed conservation area. Following the link with Mkhuze Game Reserve, these areas have now been consolidated into one park of approximately 254,500ha.
The St Lucia Wilderness Trail is a four-night guided trail which starts from Bhangazi Base Camp which is situated approximately 44Km from St Lucia, not far from Cape Vidal. The first and last night of the trail are spent here while the other two nights are spent in tents in the wilderness area. The trails run Friday to Monday. Because of the high summer temperatures and high humidity levels these trails run from 1 April to the end of October each year.
The trail takes in an extraordinary variety of habitats, from dune forests to seascapes with magnificent dunes to lakes and pans where Hippo and Crocodile lurk.
The animal life of the area is also diverse and includes Rhino, Elephant, Hippo, Crocodile, Buffalo and numerous other species. The birdlife is also very diverse and special.
Benghazi Base Camp
Accommodation consists of four two-man tents, each containing mattresses, pillows, sheets and blankets. There are a fully equipped kitchen and a camp cook as well as limited fridge facilities, a shower with hot and cold running water and a flush toilet.
Wilderness Trail Camp
The second and third nights are spent in tents in the wilderness area. These tents are equipped with the same facilities as the base camp except that the cooking is done over an open fire. A hot water bucket shower is provided and toilet consists of a spade and a toilet roll.
Catering is provided in the form of three meals a day, starting with supper on the day of arrival and concluding with breakfast on the day of departure.
For those people who love guided wilderness trails, this is a must, an unforgettable experience and well worth the travelling distance. The trail caters for eight people, so it is well worth making up a party of friends or otherwise book for yourself and share the experience with strangers that can become friends.