iSimangaliso Wetland Park - Western Shores Hot
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The Western Shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park form part of the Zululand Birding Route and team with birdlife, insects and butterflies, as well as being home to African Elephant and other game species.

Charters Creek, Fanies Island and False Bay form part of this area and with dense woodlands and open shores that are home to hard to find bird species such as the Southern Banded Snake Eagle, African Broadbill, Neegaards Sunbird, Pink-Backed Pelican and Caspian Tern. Fossil deposits of marine species also line the shoreline in certain areas.


Best Time to Photograph
Birds and game species are most active during the early morning, while insects and reptiles become more active from mid-morning. Landscape photography is best undertaken at dusk as the sun sets over the Lake
Type of Photography
  • Birds
  • Landscapes
  • Game
  • Insects
  • Reptiles
Best Time of Year
Throughout the year
Photographic Tips
For bird photography, the various campsites are best as this is where birds are more relaxed to the presence of people. In recent years droughts have severely affected the area and camps have had to be closed on occasion so check before visiting the area. Remember that fossils are protected and cannot be removed.
Recommended Gear
A full range of lenses and camera gear is needed for this incredibly rich and diverse area.


Site Highlights
Fanies Island for lakeshore and grassveld viewing
Charters Creek for bushveld and thicket viewing


Season and Weather
Summer months are extremely hot and humid and afternoon thundershowers can be expected. Note that this is a malaria area. Winter weather is more pleasant with cool temperatures and more stable weather patterns.
Other Activities
  • Bird Watching
  • Game Viewing
  • Boating


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Getting There
The various access points to the Western Shore of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park are well signposted from the N2 north of the Mtubatuba turn off.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park


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As a dedicated conservationist, Peter Chadwick has 30 years strategic and operational conservation experience in terrestrial and marine protected area management. He has worked within all of the major biomes in southern Africa as well as having provided expert conservation advice at a global level. His conservation and wildlife photography is a natural extension to his conservation work where he has numerous opportunities to capture photographs that showcase the beauty and complexity of the outdoors. Peter’s photography is internationally recognized, with this work appearing globally in a wide range of print and electronic media.