False Bay Park

False Bay Park, a Ramsar site wetland since 2015, is a nature reserve that protects the western shores of the freshwater bay, False Bay, and is situated near the coast of northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. False Bay is connected to Lake St. Lucia and both are included in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Located on the Cape Flats, it includes the lakes known as Rondevlei and Zeekoevlei. It covers 1,500 hectares and is located at 34° 4′ S, 18° 30′ E.

False Bay, Lake St Lucia
False Bay
Annals of the South African Museum - Annale van die Suid-Afrikaanse Museum (1976) (18228849070), crop
False Bay receives water from the Msinene, Hluhluwe and Nyalazi Rivers, and via the lake, from the Mkhuze.


Potamonautes isimangaliso live

The western shores are home to the crustacean P. isimangaliso

Annals of the South African Museum - Annale van die Suid-Afrikaanse Museum (1980) (14596895379)

Paratexanites fossil from the estuary of the Hluhluwe River


Zeekoevlei is a neighborhood, picnic spot, and recreation ground, and several types of water sports are practiced here. Rondevlei is a protected area.


Around 256 native plant species grow here, including the extremely threatened and almost extinct Erica turgida and Erica verticillata. The Cape Flats Sand Fynbos and Cape Flats Dune Strandveld can be found there.


Significant populations can be found here of the following mammals: hippopomatus, African clawless otter, marsh mongoose, Cape grysbok, steenbok, Southern African vlei rat (Otomys irroratus), Cape genet (Genetta tigrina}, and Cape gray mongoose.


A large variety of bird species can be found here: little stint, ruff, pied avocet, common tern, greater flamingo, and great white pelican.

See also


Coordinates: 27°58′33″S 32°21′44″E / 27.97583°S 32.36222°E

False Bay (disambiguation)

False Bay is a bay of the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Town, South Africa.

False Bay can also refer to:

False Bay (Livingston Island) on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands

False Bay, South Australia, a bay in South Australia

False Bay, South Australia (locality), a locality in South Australia

False Bay Park in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

the former name of Allison Harbour on the Central Coast of British Columbia

the former name of Lyall Bay in Wellington, New Zealand

the former name of Mission Bay (San Diego) in San Diego, California

ISimangaliso Wetland Park

iSimangaliso Wetland Park (previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park) is situated on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, about 275 kilometres north of Durban. It is South Africa's third-largest protected area, spanning 280 km of coastline, from the Mozambican border in the north to Mapelane south of the Lake St. Lucia estuary, and made up of around 3,280 km2 of natural ecosystems, managed by the iSimangaliso Authority. The park includes:

Lake St. Lucia

St. Lucia Game Reserve

False Bay Park

Kosi Bay

Lake Etrza Nature Reserve

Lake Sibhayi

St. Lucia Marine Reserve

St. Lucia Marine Sanctuary

Sodwana Bay National Park

Mapelane Nature Reserve

Maputaland Marine Reserve

Cape Vidal



Tewate Wilderness Area

Mkuze Game ReserveThe park was previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, but was renamed effective 1 November 2007. The word isimangaliso means "a miracle" or "something wondrous" in Zulu. The name came as a result of Shaka's subject having been sent to the land of the Tsonga. When he came back he described the beauty that he saw as a miracle.

Protected areas of South Africa

The protected areas of South Africa include national parks and marine protected areas managed by the national government, public nature reserves managed by provincial and local governments, and private nature reserves managed by private landowners. Most protected areas are intended for the conservation of flora and fauna. National parks are maintained by South African National Parks (SANParks). A number of national parks have been incorporated in transfrontier conservation areas.

Protected areas may also be protected for their value and importance as historical, cultural heritage or scientific sites. More information on these can be found in the list of heritage sites in South Africa.

Individual Parks
uKhahlamba–Drakensberg Park
iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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