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Truly re­mark­able: Con­tain­ing SA’S last re­main­ing swamp forests, this 332 000ha park links up eight ecosys­tems and, with its three ma­jor lakes, is Africa’s largest es­tu­ar­ine sys­tem. It’s a coast-lover’s par­adise (think 220km of beaches that ex­tend to Kosi Bay on the Mozam­bi­can bor­der), as well as the per­fect park for game-view­ing. If you’re look­ing for a rare ex­pe­ri­ence, book a tur­tle tour be­tween Novem­ber and March. The re­gion is the only sur­viv­ing ma­jor nest­ing site for log­ger­head and leatherback tur­tles. Once they’ve hatched on the beach at night, baby tur­tles make their way to the wa­ter – a per­ilous jour­ney, with a myr­iad of preda­tors wait­ing to nab them, in­clud­ing birds and ghost crabs. Only once they’ve reached the waves safely do their moth­ers re­turn from the ocean to the spots where the eggs hatches. How they re­mem­ber these re­mains a mys­tery. Visit:

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