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 a Romantic Canadian Log Home, Double Storey, Thatched. The whole house is booked as a Self Catering unit.
Sleeps: 12 in 3 units/rooms
5.0km West of center of Groenvlei Lake
Kiewietjie cottage is located in the beautiful village of Sedgefield and offers guests three comfortable furnished self-catering units. The 2 bedroom units have a view on the lagoon and mountains. Within walking distance of the lagoon, beach and restaura
Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms
5.1km West of center of Groenvlei Lake
There are 2 cottages available. The Kingfisher Corner is comfortably furnished and has a good view towards the mountains and the estuary. The Other Corner is more beach cottage, and has everything you would need, including an outstanding view over the lag
From R 1 000,00
Per unit, per night.
5.1km South West of center of Groenvlei Lake
Elfransa Beach Cottage is situated on the front row of Myoli Beach in Sedgefield, 150m from the main swimming area and whale-watching platform.
5.2km West of center of Groenvlei Lake
This is a private and luxurious, upstairs Self-catering Apartment that overlooks the Swartvlei Lagoon and sleeps 2 people. This accommodation is ideally suited for overseas visitors with longer stays in mind.
From R 1 350,00
Per unit, per night.
6.2km West of center of Groenvlei Lake
This is the perfect holiday house (8 sleeper) to spend a relaxed carefree holiday in Sedgefield.The house has a spacious open plan living area, 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and
a well equipped kitchen. A large covered patio onto a garden allows you
7.1km West of center of Groenvlei Lake
Chateau Anri LaMer is a self catering home situated on the banks of the Swartvlei lagoon at the lovely town of Sedgefield in the heart of the garden route. Sedgefield has three lovely beaches and also offers safe swimming in the lagoon mouth...
7.3km West of center of Groenvlei Lake
Islandwood offers a self-catering unit, housed on the ground floor of a wooden house. The accommodation is perfect for two adults, plus two children/adults (in the bunk beds), the bathroom being accessible from both bedroom and living area....
7.4km West of center of Groenvlei Lake
House, the Island, Sedgefield, in the heart of the Garden Route. 3 Bedroomed house with 2 bathrooms (MES), open plan lounge, dining room & fully equipped kitchen. Large stand with outside entertainment area, swimming pool, double swings...
Sleeps: 7 in 2 units/rooms
7.5km West of center of Groenvlei Lake
It is a spacious and comfortable cottage with a main bedroom and bathroom en-suite (shower only). Also a lounge / dining room and kitchenette. The lounge has TV and a full, double-bed-size sleeper couch.
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