Just 5 km east of the holiday town of Sedgefield you will find a unique Lake, Groenvlei. The lake is not large, maybe 4 km long and 1 km wide, it is also not deep, the maximum depth being around 3 metres with very few deep sections which go up to 5 metres deep. It covers an area in excess of 3 square kilometres and of all the Garden Route lakes, Groenvlei is the most unique. The word Groen is the Afrikaans word for green and this is one of the lakes peculiarities. The water in the lake is clear but has an aquamarine appearance which is caused by the reflection of sunlight on green algae against the light coloured lake floor and the greenery in and around the lake. Another point which makes the lake unique is that it is a fresh water lake which has no recognisable inlet or outlet. It is said that the water seeps up from subterranean channels via springs and is slightly saline. Depending on rainfall and evaporation, the levels in the lake can fluctuate by nearly 2 metres.
The lake is known for its diverse bird life and is one of the best venues for large-mouth black bass angling. The banks of Groenvlei are heavily reeded with fen grass, which in centuries past was trampled by grazing hippos in particular and thirsty wild life like elephant, buffalo, eland and bushbuck which came to drink at the lake. Since these animals no longer roam freely in the area, these reeds appear to be encroaching on the lake. This makes the lake difficult to access in parts except at the few boat jetties and from the lawn near the caravan park, but despite this the lake is still a very popular and pleasant place to swim.
For the angler the lake also stocks Black Bass, Mozambique Tilapia and Carp which can be caught from small electric powered boats only. The decision to introduce these species was taken before the long term consequences of this action could be understood. Sunfish were introduced to feed the Bass and Mosquito fish to eat the mosquito larvae. These imported fish have the potential to destroy the lakes ecosystem. Groenvlei has no rocks, points or drop-offs to speak of, structure here is water grass or reeds, and lots of it. There are also random patches of grass in other parts of the lake including the centre.
The annual Garden Route Bass Classic is held at Groenvlei in late April each year.
3.9km South West of center of Groenvlei Lake
Forget-Me-Not offers self catering log cabin accommodation in Sedgefield, Garden Route. A Romantic Canadian Log Home, Double Storey, Thatched. The whole house is booked as a self catering unit. 3 sunny bedrooms with lovely views into the sand-dunes, 2 Bat
Sleeps: 12 in 3 units/rooms
5.0km West of center of Groenvlei Lake
Kiewietjie Cottage offers a selection of self catering accommodation in Sedgefield, Garden Route. Located in the beautiful seaside town of Sedgefield and offers guests three comfortable furnished self-catering units. The 2 bedroom units have a view on th
Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms
5.1km West of center of Groenvlei Lake
The Kingfisher Corner offers 2 self catering accommodation options in Sedgefield, Garden Route. Both available on the same property. Each is completely separate and relatively private. The Kingfisher Corner is comfortably furnished and has a good view tow
From R 1 000,00
Per unit, per night.
5.1km South West of center of Groenvlei Lake
Elfranse Beach Cottage provides self catering accommodation in Sedgefield, Garden Route. Situated on the front row of Myoli Beach, 150m from the main swimming area and whale-watching platform. This 90 square meter two-bedroom Sedgefield cottage is fully f
From R 1 350,00
Per unit, per night.
6.4km West of center of Groenvlei Lake
40 Montage Village offers self catering accommodation in Sedgefield, Garden Route. This is the perfect holiday house (8 sleeper) to spend a relaxed carefree holiday. Overlooking a bird sanctuary and in a secure complex this modern holiday house is central
7.1km West of center of Groenvlei Lake
Chateau Anri La Mer offers self catering house accommodation in Sedgefield, Garden Route. Our self catering home is situated on the banks of the Swartvlei lagoon at the lovely town of Sedgefield in the heart of the Garden Route. Sedgefield has three lovel
7.3km West of center of Groenvlei Lake
Islandwood provides guests with self catering accommodation in Sedgefield, Garden Route. Accommodation comprises of a self-catering unit, housed on the ground floor of a wooden house. The accommodation is perfect for two adults, plus two children/adults (
7.4km West of center of Groenvlei Lake
Sedgefinkel offers self catering accommodation in Sedgefield on the Garden Route. This 6 sleeper self catering house is located in "the Island" area of Sedgefield.
Sleeps: 7 in 2 units/rooms
7.5km West of center of Groenvlei Lake
Bird Cottage offers self catering accommodation in Sedgefield in the Garden Route. Bird Cottage is spacious and comfortable with all mod-cons including an automatic washing machine. The bedroom has an en-suite bathroom. Also a lounge/dining room with slee
Sleeps: 20 in 5 units/rooms
13.2km North of center of Groenvlei Lake
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