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Sodwana Bay, South Africa
Sodwana on the coast in Natal, South Africa forms part of the Greater St Lucia Wetland reserve. It is located in the north eastern section of St Lucia, for more on the whole area take a look at the Greater St Lucia Wetland Reserve.
Located within the Maputaland Marine reserve, the waters here are crystal clear, permitting scuba divers and snorkellers the chance to view the wonders of the soft corals and subtropical fish in the area. Sodwana Bay is the place to go for Scuba Diving in South Africa.
The Popular Two-Mile Reef, that lies from 12 to 25 meters below the surface, covered in soft corals and sponges as well as a gazillion sea creatures, that I won't pretend to know.
Fish that visit the reefs at Sodwana Bay in South Africa, include Blue-Spotted Rock Cod, Butterflyfish, Moray Eels as well as Manta Rays, Dolphins, Turtles, Ragged Tooth, Hammerhead and Tiger Sharks out in the deeper waters.
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Scuba Diving Companies in Sodwana
Amoray Diving in Sodwana Bay
Offer a 5 day package for R1000 (£100) or R220 (£22) per dive for less than 5 dives. PADI Open Water courses are R2500 (£250)
Tel: 083 252 9448
Also offer boat skipper courses and scuba diving courses from R2700 (£270)
Tel: 082 456 9428
This is an area where there is malaria and it is recommended that you take the necessary precautions if you visit this area. More information on Malaria.
There is a variety of types of accommodation on offer:
Sodwana Bay Lodge
Thatched and reed walled cottages that sit against the dune forest.
Sodwana Bay Camp
Swiss Style log cabins raised off the ground, that come with their own lounge, kitchen and bathroom
There is also a campsite at Sodwana Bay.
To make reservations, contact KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife (contact details below)
The St. Lucia tourist centre of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (previously St. Lucia Wetland Park): accessed from Mtubatuba on the R618. After crossing the estuary on a bridge, leave the traffic circle towards the right into McKenzie Street. Along this 500 metre long main road one finds basically all the shops and stores, supermarkets, Internet cafés and restaurants and many accommodation venues. If you go streight through the traffic circle, it takes you to the beaches.
Below is a map showing the location of Sodwana Bay and other points of interest in the surrounding area.
Sodwana forms only a part of the whole reserve, below are links to other sections within the Greater St Lucia Wetland Reserve.
The Parts that make up the whole of St. Lucia Wetland Reserve
Because of St Lucia's large size, individual reserves and diversity of habitats, to understand it properly I have decided to break it down into more manageable chunks.
All the areas below are within the Greater iSimangaliso Wetland Park:
- Lake St Lucia
- St. Lucia Village
- St Lucia Crocodile Center
- Maphelana Nature Reseve
- Mission Rocks
- Cape Vidal
- St Lucia Marine Reserve
- Sodwana Bay
- Lake Sibaya
- Mkhuze Game Reserve
- Phinda Game Reserve
- Ndumo Game Reserve
- Tembe Elephant Reserve
Phinda Resource Reserve:
Tembe Elephant Reserve:
Tel: +27 (0)31-2670144
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St Lucia South Africa
One of the seven World Heritage Sites found in South Africa, the Greater St. Lucia Wetland reserve has something for everyone: game viewing in any of the four game reserves, fishing, boating, scuba diving, hiking, horseriding, whale and bird watching. The reserve consists of a stunning variety of unique habitats: lagoons, swampland, mangroves, swamp forests, different types of thornveld and savannah, subtropical coastal forest, dunes and sandy beaches as well as coral reefs offshore.
Lake St Lucia
Forming part of the Greater St Lucia Wetland reserve, Lake St Lucia contains a wealth of wildlife, including South Africa's largest population of hippopotamus, crocodiles and more than 530 species of birds. Take a cruise on a boat or stay in a lodge on it's shores.. more >>
Cape Vidal South Africa
Set in a sheltered bay and located in the north eastern section of the Greater St Lucia Wetland reserve, Cape Vidal is the perfect place sport fishing, snorkeling, long ealks on the beach and, birdwatching as well as easy access to the stunning wildlife on the easter shores of Lake St Lucia. more >>
Mkhuze Game Reserve
Part of the iSimangaliso/Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, the Mkhuze Game Reserve is a place of great beauty and high contrasts. With more than 400 recorded species of birds, as well as both white and black rhino, buffalo, elephant leopard, hippo and many species of antelope... more >>
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