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Lake Sibaya

Lake Sibaya- Zululand & Maputaland, KwaZulu-Natal

Lake Sibaya

Lake Sibaya falls within the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, and covers a total surface area of seventy square kilometers, making it the second largest freshwater lake in South Africa. The lake features one hundred kilometers of untouched shoreline, and its diverse plant species provide a variety of habitats for birds, mammals and marine life. Research has concluded that centuries ago the lake was once joined to the sea and with the natural closure of the estuary, numerous species of fish and aquatic creatures were trapped in a fresh water environment.

Vegetation growing at the lake are typical examples of coastal dune forest varieties. The presence of an orchid called Vanilla Roscheri is of particular importance is, as the rare plant grows nowhere else other than at Lake Sibaya. Another orchid, Oecevelades decaryanum, was collected at the Lake for the first time in South Africa and an unknown Oecevelades sp. occurs near Sibaya.

Lake Sibaya is also home to the second largest population of hippopotamus and crocodile in the province of KwaZulu-Natal and serves as an important breeding, roosting and feeding habitat for a wide variety of bird species. Surface water in the surrounding coastal plain often evaporates completely during the warmer times of the year, leaving the lake as the only permanent source of water for birds and mammals.

Lake Sibaya and the streams which feed it, support about eighteen various species of fish. A freshwater goby, scientifically known as Silhouetta sibayi, is almost endemic to this water system, as it is very rarely found elsewhere. There are also an impressive total of twenty two species of frog known to inhabit Lake Sibaya, of which twenty are tropical species. More common species found at the lake include Grass Frogs, Reed Frogs and toads. Larger reptiles found here include African Python, Forest Cobra, Water Monitor and Nile Crocodile.

There are six species of mammal which mainly frequent the area around the Lake, namely hippopotamus, reedbuck, vlei otomys and African marsh rat, and white tailed and water mongoose. Other mammals occasionally found in the area include tona red squirrel, four toed elephant shrew, suni, samango monkey, and both red duiker and blue duiker.

Lake Sibaya is literally a birdwatcher's mecca with an estimated total of about two hundred and seventy nine species recorded at the Lake alone. The water system is environmentally important for breeding, roosting and feeding habits. The most sighted species at the lake are Pied, Giant and Malachite Kingfishers; Red and White Breasted Cormorants; Fish Eagles and a variety of herons, egrets and darters. Waders include the Black Winged Stilt, Avocent, Greenshank, White Fronted Sand Plover, and Spoonbills. The sheltered bays along Lake Sibaya are home to jacana, crakes, gallinules and bitterns. Also recorded at the lake are the rare Palmnut Vulture, Pel's Fishing Owl, Pygmy Goose, flamingoes, Woodward's Batis and Rufousbellied Heron.

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Sleeps: 12 in 5 units/rooms

Thonga Beach Lodge

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Mabibi, Lake Sibaya

2.2km North East of center of Lake Sibaya

This intimate, luxury 12 suite lodge is nestled on the pristine coast of Maputaland, Northern KwaZulu-Natal, within the Isimangaliso Wetland Park - an internationally recognized World Heritage Site. It's the ideal place to explore unspoilt, ...

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Sleeps: 42 in 21 units/rooms
From R 850,00
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Sodwana Bay Lodge & Dive Resort

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Sodwana Bay

19.3km South of center of Lake Sibaya

In the Heart of Maputaland, nestling behind the world's highest vegetated sand dunes about 5km from the sea, Sodwana Bay Lodge has been carefully designed to match the rustic, eco-oriented nature of the region.

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Sleeps: 59 in 14 units/rooms

Toad Tree Cabins

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sodwana Bay

20.8km South of center of Lake Sibaya

Our Toad Tree Cabins provide a number of different accommodation options for couples and families - to suit your romantic needs or your family getaway. With a choice of 5 double cabins and 2 x 4, 6 or 8 sleeper family cottages Toad Tree Cabins...

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Sodwana Bay Resort

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Sodwana Bay

22.0km South of center of Lake Sibaya

With its many exciting coral reefs and outstanding climate, Sodwana Bay has distinguished itself as one of the premier sport diving destinations in the world.

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Sleeps: 26 in 8 units/rooms

Triton Dive Lodge

Caravan or Camping Accommodation in Sodwana Bay

22.5km South of center of Lake Sibaya

At Triton we offer all levels of scuba diver training from junior diver to advanced trimix diver and instructor courses plus all the different speciality courses and our instructors are certified with both the CMAS and PADI agencies.

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Sleeps: 22 in 9 units/rooms
From R 2 010,00
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Kosi Forest Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Kosi Bay

30.9km North of center of Lake Sibaya

Tucked into tranquil sand forests on the Kosi Lake system, is an unspoilt wilderness lodge - part of the St Lucia World Heritage Park. Enjoy guided canoeing, boat trips on the lakes and raffia forest walks. One SA's best eco-tourism destinations.

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Sleeps: 10
From R 295,00
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Shengeza Lake Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Kosi Bay

31.3km North of center of Lake Sibaya

Situated in north eastern Kwa Zulu Natal on the shores of Lake Shengeza bordering Isimagaliso Wetland Park/Kosi Lakes. The natural beauty of the surroundings and the activities offered, make for an unforgettable experience.

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Sleeps: 4 in 2 units/rooms

Maputaland Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Kosi Bay

34.2km North of center of Lake Sibaya

All guests can be assured of a comfortable and relaxing stay. For those who want to break away from the day to day routine we can offer scrumptious meals at our restaurant.

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Kosi Bay Nature Reserve

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Kosi Bay

39.0km North of center of Lake Sibaya

The Kosi Bay Nature Reserve lies on the coast in the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal, and surrounds the unique and beautiful Kosi Bay lake system which is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

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