More than 530 species of birds use the wetland and other areas of the Lake St Lucia region. These waters also are graced by 20 000 greater flamingos, 40 000 lesser flamingoes, as well as thousands of ducks. With 36 species, this area also has the highest diversity of amphibians in South Africa.

The iGwala is the Zulu name for the Purple-Crested Turaco (Lourie) which can be seen and heard in our garden. It has a purple coloured crest above a green head, a red ring around the eyes, and a black bill. The neck and chest are green and brown. The rest of the body is purple, with red flight feathers. They live in moist woodland and evergreen forests and eat mainly fruits.