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SODWANA BAY

INTRODUCTION

As one of South Africa's most beautiful and unspoilt beaches, Sodwana Bay lies on the South African Zululand East Coast, just south of the Mozambique border.
Sodwana enjoys splendid sub-tropical weather, with warm water year-round.
Temperatures vary from typically very hot to quite cool during the winter mornings.
There is evidence that the Maputaland coast has been inhabited since the early Stone and Iron Ages.
Later, Arab and Portuguese traders made use of the sheltered Sodwana Bay to stock up with food and fresh water.
In 1973, at the start of the Mozambique Civil war, Sodwana started to become a popular destination for fishermen and divers. Since then it has flourished into a renowned divers haven, where Reef Divers have the pleasure and opportunity to head down under with students and fellow divers.

ATTRACTIONS

  • The abundance and variety of hard and soft corals with some 1200 species of Indo-Pacific tropical fish ensures the diver a unique and colorful experience.

  • Sodwana is the nesting site for Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles which can be seen laying their eggs at night on the beach from November to January

  • Seasonal visitors include humpback whales, whale sharks, nurse sharks and manta rays. Marlin, Sailfish and dolphins are spotted at anytime throughout the year.

  • Just inland of the majestic dunes which characterise the length of the Maputaland coast, lie a series of lake systems - each with its own unique character and ecology. Crocodile, hippo and a rich variety of birdlife abound.

  • Further from the sea, elephant, giraffe, rhino and numerous species of antelope roam in typical African bushveld, sand forests or primeval swamp forests.

ACTIVITIES

  • Scuba Dive or snorkel along some of the worlds best coral reefs with the "Big 5" of the ocean

  • Deep sea fishing charters

  • Visit the surrounding reserves for game viewing and bird watching

  • The beautiful beaches are safe for swimming, surfing and other watersports