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In The Area: Sodwana Bay

For scuba divers this world class dive spot needs no introduction as it is regarded as one of the top ten reef dives in the world.

Diving & Snorkeling in Sodwana: Sodwana’s amazing reefs offer warm clean and colourful experiences with a huge species diversity. The Maputaland reefs are the most southerly coral reefs in Africa and owe their existence to clear warm water carried southward by the subtropical Agulhas Current and the absence of silt-carrying rivers discharging into the region. These sandstone outcrops are the remnants of ancient dunes and beaches that were fossilised during a low sea level about 80,000 years ago.  Please note: As from 1 October 2009, every diver diving in the MPA (Marine Protected Area) of Sodwana Bay needs to be in possession of a valid diver’s license. The license costs R85 p/a and is available from any post office in the country as well as from the Sodwana Bay Parks Board offices during office hours (08h00 – 16h30) and must be available for inspection prior to your dives.

There is a safe snorkeling spot on the reef at Jesse Point, on the main beach.

Only ideal at low tide.

Fishing in Sodwana: South Africa’s premier fishing spot, boasting year round fishing for game fish such as blue and black marlin, sail fish, yellow fin tuna, Dorado, Mackerel and Wahoo.  The rock and surf fishing in Sodwana is superb with the giant kingfish being first prize. Bottom fish may be targeted by the rock and surf brigade with only rock cod and bass the protected species. A fishermen’s paradise indeed.  Speciality vertical jigging and drop shot fishing areas provide non stop action for the angler who could have fought and released a huge Amberjack or even the mighty Giant Sail Fish.

  • Horse Riding Guided Trails -Excodus Adventures – 1:30 hour or 6 hour Nature Reserve trials. To make a reservation, contact Phillip on 083 349 8575 or Lallie on 082 956 8611

  • 4 – Wheeler Guided Tours – Off Road Fun One Hour and Two to Two and Half Hours – Contact Erik or Petro on 082 785 7704

  • Deep Sea Fishing: Richard – (Magnum Charters) 082 575 7797

  • Deep Sea Fishing: John (Matambo Charters & Fish & Tackle Shop) 084 400 2628

  • Deep Sea Fishing: Loretta Fishing Charters – Contact Laura or Johny on 035 571 0184 or 083 242 7833

  • Turtle Walks – Jabulani offers turtle walks during the evening from November to March on the beach. Turtle sighting is not guaranteed.
    Contact him on 079 868 1111

  • Bird Watching – Jabulani is a qualified bird guide and does walks in the morning and afternoon. Contact him on 079 868 1111

  • Craft Market – Visit the local craft market, at the entrance to the beach, across the bridge on your right

  • Isoko Lwethu Tours: A cultural tour including a visit to Isangoma (tell your future with bones), Kwadelunina Township, Esingombeni (traditional shabeen) and food sales. Contact Sbu on 076 838 1608

  • Microlight Flights:  Scenic flights along the spectacular Sodwana Bay coastline and Lake Sibaya. Contact Francois on 072 211 6662

  • Muzi Pan Adventure Centre: Canoe trips and walks at Muzi Pans. Contact Themba on 073 161 8189

From Shayamoya travel South on the N2 Highway. Take the Hluhluwe off ramp. Travel through town, turn left at the last circle, you will see a sign to Sodwana Bay heading right. Follow the signs for another 70km. All tar road until the Reserve entrance. Easily accessible with a 2 wheel drive vehicle.