Sodwana Bay Accommodation
Sodwana Bay Nearby Attractions
Nearby Towns (within 30km)
Sodwana, a Zulu word meaning "little one on its own", was once a base for gun
runners and ivory hunters but is today, a popular world tourist destination and
scuba diver and fisherman's paradise. Sodwana Bay is situated on the Kwazulu
Natal north coast, within the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park between St. Lucia
and Lake Sibhayi, and lies adjacent to Africa's southern-most coral reefs.
The area forms part of an uninterrupted protected area running 150 km from the
Mozambique border south towards to Cape Vidal and stretching 3 nautical miles
seaward. The many vibrant coral reefs and outstanding climate of Sodwana Bay
Nature reserve, has over the years made it one of the best sport diving
destinations in the world. With consistently good visibility and water
temperatures that seldom drop below 21 centigrade, Sodwana Bay has become a
haven for snorkellers as well as the more adventurous scuba divers. There are
many popular dive sites with a wide diversity of underwater seascapes and marine
flora and fauna including branching, plate and table corals, drop-offs, mushroom
rocks, and beautiful overhangs, as well as spectacular night dives. Due to the
fact that Sodwana is only four hours from Durban by car, and just as easily
accessible from Johannesburg, it has become known as the Mecca of South African
Other than scuba diving, visitors to the area can also take part in fishing.
With large offshore populations of Kingfish, Blue and Black Marlin, and Saltfish
among others, it is ensured that deep sea anglers are as hooked on Sodwana Bay
as are divers.
Other activities in Sodwana Bay include boating, bird watching and hiking, with
an interesting 5km self guided trail on offer for avid birdwatchers. During the
summer months visitors can look forward to seeing the loggerhead and leatherback
turtles which come out of the sea at night to nest on the beaches.