“The name iSimangaliso means a Miracle or Amazing natural beauty that has a sea and a lake and if you’re a birding enthusiast, you can enjoy birdwatching of 526 bird species,” writes one local high school pupil.
“I enjoy visiting the iSimangaliso Wetland Park because I get to watch different kinds of animals and plants and enjoy being taught how wild animals live,” writes another.
“Hopefully you will enjoy reading my letter and teach other people to take care of nature,” writes a primary school pupil.
These are some of the excerpts of letters written in celebration of African World Heritage Day on May 5, by local school children from KZN to their counterparts in the Seychelles, describing the natural beauty of their local wildlife and heritage.
The programme pioneered by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority and the Seychelles Island Foundation inspired the pupils to exchange information about the two World Heritage Sites.
The aim of the day is to increase global awareness of African heritage.