Activities Nearby

It isn't only diving that makes this beautiful area covered in dense coastal forest so amazing. Other activities include:

Bird Watching

The best birding areas around Sodwana are the Ngoboseleni Trail, Lake Sibaya to the north and Muzi Pans further inland. The Ngoboseleni Trail starts and ends at the Ezimvilo Wildlife reception office inside the Sodwana Bay National Park.

The trail takes approximately 4 hours over easy terrain which includes coastal forest, wetland and some grassland. Lake Sibaya hosts an impressive array of species where already 279 bird species have been identified. Entry is through the Parks Board gate on the south eastern shore of the Lake. The road alternates between soft and hard sand and access to the area requires a 4x4 vehicle.

Fishing

One of the best known big game fishing locations in South Africa – part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, World Heritage Site – well known for its Marlin and sailfish as well as many other game fish such as giant Kingfish, Barracuda and Dorado.

Deep-sea fishing trips on fully rigged deep-sea fishing boats are also available for bookings with professionals for your enjoyment. Choose from full-day or half-day excursions.

Interactive Research

The diversity of the environment in Sodwana Bay is astounding. Both on land and underwater are numerous creatures that have intrigued people so much that they want to find out all they can about them.

Being a marine protected area and a national park on land, the animal's daily routines continue largely unaffected by human presence, providing an excellent opportunity to study them undisturbed in their natural environment, Current projects include the turtles, the rocky shoreline, corals, nudibranchia, ragged-tooth sharks, whale sharks and a living fossil, the coelacanth.

The reefs of Sodwana Bay are incredibly healthy with dense coral cover and a thriving reef community. There are more than one hundred species of coral, and over 300 nudibranchia have been spotted (with a few entries completely new to science).

The shallowest known sighting of the coelancanth was reported in the Jesser Canyon at 58 meters, and has been filmed inside a submarine by technical divers on deep air mixes.

The largest fish of the ocean, the whale shark, is also a frequent visitor to our coastline with over 300 documented sightings.

Kitesurfing

Probably the best kitesurfing location in South Africa, with on average the most wind throughout the year than any other destination. Add to this, clean unspoiled beaches and the warm Indian Ocean current and surf.

One of the real added benefits is that this is one of the few beaches in the country that allows beach access to 4x4 vehicles, allowing you to setup for the day away from the main beach. Each year the kitesurfing community participates in the Sodwana Bay Kitesurfing Festival held in October/November each year.

Nature Trails

There is a 5km self-guided trail for nature lovers – an outdoor experience for the whole family.

Get lost in the coastal fresh air and surround yourself with nature from head to toe, saturating your mind and soul with all things and creatures wonderful.

Turtle and Ocean Tours

Leatherback and Loggerhead Turtles lay their eggs on the Sodwana Bay beach in summer, one of the few places in the world where this happens. For those interested in seeing this beautiful area from above, micro-lighting is available. Ocean tours can be booked with one of the many fishing charters in and around the Sodwana area.

Scuba Diving and Snorkelling

The diversity of fish and invertebrates on Africa's southern-most coral reefs in Sodwana Bay National Park attract scuba divers from far and wide. An abundance of excellent snorkelling spots can also be found along the Sodwana Bay coast.

The weather at Sodwana Bay National Park in KwaZulu-Natal is typically subtropical, and water temperatures are usually above 20oC (68oF) reaching 29oC (84oF) in the summer months. Guests during a dive holiday in South Africa can choose from a number of prime dive sites in the area.

Surfing

The surfing in Sodwana Bay from just south of Jesser Point to Nine Mile can be inconsistent, but when there is a good swell running and the appropriate wind is around, the surf can be as good as any in the world.

Both left's and right's, forming over reefs and sand bars can wall up and get very powerful for the more advanced surfer.

The Bay is also perfect for learning and for beginners to enjoy a mid-break.

The water temperature averages at twenty-four degrees and most of the year it is clean enough to let surfers see where the reef and rocks are situated.

All in all Sodwana Bay has fun waves to learn on as well as challenges to overcome for the more experienced wave seekers.