Part of the World Heritage Site, the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, the marine reserve of Sodwana Bay offers attractions both above and below the water. Just off the coast, in Jesser Canyon, a colony of the rare coelacanth was discovered and captured on video for the first time. It is the unspoilt magic and tranquillity of this coastal reserve that makes it the perfect place for “getting away from it all”.
Adventure And Sport
4×4 Routes: Sodwana Bay is the ideal destination for the intrepid 4×4 enthusiast. Numerous attractions can only be reached by 4×4, such as Lake Sibaya and Rocktail Bay.
Scuba-diving and Snorkelling: Sodwana Bay is recognised as a world-class diving destination and boasts some of the best coral reefs in the world.
Sport-angling: The waters off the upper reaches of KwaZulu-Natal are perfect for sport-angling and catching a marlin is a particular attraction in the Sodwana Bay area.
Fauna And Flora
Sodwana Bay National Park: This pristine coastal forest forms part of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. Many walking trails lead through the reserve and there are also opportunities for horse-riding, turtle-spotting, scuba-diving and snorkelling.
Turtle-watching: During the summer months of December and January, magnificent loggerhead and leatherback turtles emerge from the sea at night to lay their eggs.
Lake Sibaya: Lake Sibaya is the largest freshwater lake in South Africa. This bright blue lake with its white-fringed bays and inlets is often described as the gem of KwaZulu-Natal. An abundance of crocodiles and hippos live in and around the lake. A number of marine invertebrates and vertebrates are also to be found here, as the lake was once connected to the sea.