Sodwana is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounds – with big 5 game parks, lakes, pans and so many more amazing places to see within an hour’s drive, it truly is an incredible area to explore.
Nestled behind the coastal dunes, with a surface area of 60-70 km2, Lake Sibaya is South Africa’s largest fresh water lake and iits crystal clear waters are home to the second largest poulation of crocs and hippos in KZN. It is also an amazing spot for keen birders and offers a stunning sunset.There are various different spots you can go to with the most popular being the picnic site/jetty – located on the Eastern side, inside the park. 4 x 4 is required to get there.
This beautiful untouched Maputaland beach lies only 25 kms north of Sodwana Bay. It requires a 4 x 4 to get there and can be accessed either via Lake Sibaya or via Mbazwana/ Coastal cashews. It is a lovely place to snorkel and enjoy a stunning day on the beach
KOSI BAY LAKES & MOUTH:
Located in the most northern section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Kosi Bay consists of 4 interconnected lakes and an estuary that joins the ocean at the Kosi Mouth. The nearest town is Manguza, about 13kms away. Here you can also see the traditional reed fishing traps, this tradition has been handed down though generations for hundreds of years. There is also fantastic snorkelling to be found in the clear waters at the mouth. Access to Kosi Mouth and beach is on a very sandy road & requires a 4×4.
This pan is situated on the Mkhuze floodplain between Mkhuze Game Reserve and Sodwana Bay – about 25kms south of Sodwana Bay on the Hluhluwe road. It’s a bird watchers paradise -with over 420 recorded bird species & regular bird trips here can produce in excess of 120 species in a summer’s day. The dense bush and hundreds of fever trees on the eastern banks make for a gorgeous view and it’s a lovely, tranquil pace to enjoy the African Sunset while watch hippos frolick in the pan. Canoeing and birdwatching trips can be arranged.
UMKHUZE GAME RESERVE:
uMkhuze is bordered by the Lebombo mountains on the west and rolling acacia savannah, swamps and a variety of woodlands and riverine forest on the East.This diversity of habitats means a wide variety of animal species including black and white rhinoceros, elephant, giraffe, nyala, blue wildebeest, warthog, eland, hippo, impala, kudu and other smaller antelope. Rare species occurring in the reserve are cheetah, hyaena, suni and leopard. Three game viewing hides have been constructed next to the Kubube, Kamasinga, Kwamalibala pans.
More than 420 species of birds can be found in this 38 500-hectare bird-lovers’ paradise! A guided walk through the Sycamore Fig Forest and a visit to the Nsumo Pan are favourite activities with visitors to this section of the Park.
TEMBE ELEPHANT PARK:
Tembe Elephant Park is a 300 square kilometre reserve between Zululand and Mozambique, home to Africa’s largest elephants as well as the smallest antelope, the suni. The Big Five also find their home here – lion, leopard, black and white rhino and buffalo, as well as more than 340 bird species and myriad other animals and plants
It is believed that the largest elephants in the world can be found in the Tembe National Elephant Park. The largest of these are Isilo, Mkadebona and Siqualo. Isilo, the biggest of them all, is thought to be about 50 years old, to weigh about seven metric tons, and to stand 3,2 metres tall. His tusks are about 2.5 metres long, and weigh more than 60 kgs.
Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park, is the oldest proclaimed natural park in Africa. It consists of 960 km² (96,000 ha) of hilly topography located about 90km south of Sodwana Bay. It is a big 5 game park, known for its rich wildlife and due to conservation efforts, the park now has the largest population of white rhino in the world. It also has an extremely rich diversity of tree and plant communities. Hluhluwe offers self-guided walks, self-drive trails and guided game drives.
ZULU CROC HUHULWE:
Zulu Croc started operating in September 2008. This facility offers an informative experience to visitors who would like to know more about the tradition of the Zulu Tribe, their lifestyle and dancing, all reptiles like crocodiles and snakes. Many local and international tourist visits our establishment daily.
There are crocodile and snake shows daily. We do the first show from 10h00 in the morning and the last no later than 14h00 in the afternoon. First a visit and explanation is given at the Mini Zulu Village, thereafter a Snake demonstration is given.
The purpose of these demonstrations is to educate the visitors to respect snakes and to help dispel certain myths relating to snakes and their effect on humans. The handling and treatment of snakebites are the key features of these demonstrations.
After these demonstrations, visitors then view the crocodiles in their beautiful landscaped breeding enclosures. This fascinating presentation also covers the life cycle of crocodiles and crocodile ecology – the crocodiles are fed during this demonstration.
Guests can relax at the Restaurant while enjoying succulent meals or a buffet can be arranged on request for groups of 10 pax and more. We are proud of our high standard in our restrooms and the restaurant.
7 Nights @ Reefteach Lodge – self-catering with 5 Dives each is ZAR4 505 per person.
Excludes Peak & High Season Dates. Excludes park fees.
There is a Park entry fee of R33 per person per day plus a community levy of R5 per person & R47 per vehicle- payable at the main gate in order to access the beach.
The park fee is covered with a RHINO card but you still have to pay the R5 levy per person.
We Love Diving!
Reefteach is driven by two passions. The first is a love for the natural environment and more specifically, the marine environment. The second is a drive for personalised customer service. In combining these two passions our mission is the following: To increase the understanding of the marine environment for each of our customers in a personalised relationship.
Reefteach was established at Sodwana Bay in 2000. Although we moved into an already saturated industry there was an obvious need for an operation which could cater for the many divers who were seeking to learn more about the coral reef. We have filled that niche and have become a successful dive charter having recently been awarded a concession by Isimangaliso Wetland Authority.
Reefteach has an intimate knowledge of the reefs at Sodwana Bay and are the operator of choice for divers wishing to know more about the underwater environment. Reefteach staff have completed thousands of dives at Sodwana Bay and because we personally dive daily, we are in a position to show you the best Sodwana has to offer.
All of our dives are led by divemasters who have an extensive knowledge of the reefs, marine life and the ecology. Dive briefings are done using books in our marine reference library on the beach. In this way the divers know what marine life they can expect to see and to look out for. After the dive the reference books are used again to facilitate identification.
Reefteach has a number of special routes that are not well known by other operators. In this way we dive pristine areas that are away from the crowds. Furthermore even on the well known divesites the Reefteach staff knows where the rare fish and critters can be found.
Reefteach are members of the following organisations:
East Coast Fish Watch