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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

False Bay Park

Afrikaans name: Valsbaaipark

Part of the shoreline of Lake St. Lucia at False Bay

False Bay shoreline

Photo © Steven Herbert


False Bay Park is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park which was previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. It is situated on the western shore of Lake St. Lucia and is about 12 km east of the town of Hluhluwe.

After passing through the entrance gate, where an entrance fee is payable, the tar road passes through some beautiful forest where birdlife is abundant. Antelope such as Nyala and Red Duiker are very common.

The road eventually reaches the shoreline and one may follow the road to scenic spots such as Rocky Point and Sandy Point. There are a number of places where one may stop and have a picnic.

There is a slipway where boats may be launched. At times the water level in the lake is too low for boats to be launched from here so it is best to check in advance.

Road leading to the shore

Photo © Steven Herbert

False Bay Park has a number of campsites situated along the waters edge. It is really a tranquil place to camp.

Attractions at False Bay include fishing, trails through the forest and birding. It is a very tranquil place to get away from the noise of the city.

Mammals of False Bay Park

Please note that this is only a guide and, while we have made every effort to be accurate, we can't be held responsible for any errors.

Banded Mongoose

Bush Pig


Cape Porcupine

Common Duiker

Ground Squirrel


Red Duiker


Scrub Hare

Spotted Hyena



Vervet Monkey


Water Mongoose



References and further reading

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 108

Country Life - Issue 283 - Author: - Year Published: 2020 - Page: 54

Getaway - Vol 32 No 3 - Author: - Year Published: 2020 - Page: 106

go! - Issue 103 - Author: - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 34

go! - Issue 156 - Author: - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 119

Maps of the Zululand and Maputaland Reserves - Author: Honeyguide Publications - Year Published: 2016 - Page: 8

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 166

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 250

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 148

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 253

The Dive Sites of South Africa - Author: Anton Koornhof - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 32

Where to see Birds in KwaZulu-Natal - Author: Bennett and Herbert - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 37

Where to Watch Birds in Southern Africa - Author: A. Berruti and J.C. Sinclair - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 184

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