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About Sodwana Bay

Part of the world heritage site of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Sodwana Bay is a tiny town in the exquisite nature reserve, a coastal forested strip between St Lucia and Lake Sibhayi.

Sodwana Bay lies in the north eastern corner of KwaZulu Natal (KZN) Province, where the Indian Ocean&rs... read more

Accommodation Types:
apartments, bed and breakfast, camps, chalets, cottages, game lodges, guest farms, guest houses, guest lodge, holiday homes, self catering.

18 accommodation listings in Sodwana Bay . Enter dates to see full pricing and availability:

Marlin Villa

Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Sodwana Bay

Swimming Pool
Wheelchair Friendly
Aircon
Braai Area
Pet Friendly
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
WiFi
Jacuzzi
Full Kitchen

FROM

R2000.0

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Jesser Point Boat Lodge

Apartments, Self Catering in Sodwana Bay

Stylish 3 and 4 bedroom duplexes with secure boat storage all in one. Integrating nature and secure living in a famil...

Swimming Pool
Full Kitchen
Laundry facilities
Braai Area
Aircon
TV
Parking on Premises
Dishwasher
WiFi
DSTV

FROM

R800.0

per night

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Triton Dive Lodge

Self Catering in Sodwana Bay

Come to South Africa and scuba dive with Triton Dive Lodge in Sodwana Bay for the best scuba diving experience availa...

Swimming Pool
Braai Area
Bar

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R400.0

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Leopard Walk Lodge

Game Lodges in Sodwana Bay

Honeymoon suites with glass walls and Spa bath situated in the Forest. Enjoy delicious South African cuisine at the ...

Wheelchair Friendly
Laundry facilities
TV

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R450.0

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Jesserpoint No 7

Self Catering in Sodwana Bay

Swimming Pool
Full Kitchen
TV
Braai Area
Aircon

Vis-Agie Fishing and Diving Resort - Sodwana Bay

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Sodwana Bay

Welcome To Vis-Agie Fishing & Diving Resort!
We cater for a booming local and international market.

Our famous Lo...

Swimming Pool
Bar
Laundry facilities
Conference Facility
DSTV

FROM

R500.0

per night

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Aloe Cottage

Cottages in Sodwana Bay

Dig your toes in the sands and enjoy a coastal break at this exclusive, boutique self-catering cottage, in the stunni...

Swimming Pool
Wheelchair Friendly
Bar
Braai Area
WiFi
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen

FROM

R1550.0

per night

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Sea Escapes Cabins and Cottages

Cottages in Sodwana Bay

Sea Escapes Cabins and Cottages is situated in the peace and tranquility of the African bush. The comfortable two an...

Swimming Pool
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen

FROM

R400.0

per night

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Nwabu Lodge

Self Catering in Sodwana Bay

Nwabu Lodge is situated 6 kilometers from the iSimangaliso Wetland Parks in Mbazwana, KwaZulu-Natal. We offer both ca...

Swimming Pool
Parking on Premises
Laundry facilities
Braai Area
Aircon

FROM

R350.0

per night

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Umdobi Bush Camp

Camps, Guest Farms, Self Catering in Sodwana Bay

Umdobi Bush Camp offers our guests space and privacy which is rare in Sodwana.
Join us on our "piece of Africa" at t...

Swimming Pool
Parking on Premises
Camps
Braai Area
Pet Friendly

FROM

R140.0

per night

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Sodwana Bay Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Chalets, Guest Lodge, Self Catering in Sodwana Bay

Sodwana Bay Lodge is found in the heart of Maputaland, nestling behind the world's highest natural dunes and a short ...

Swimming Pool
DSTV
Bar
TV

FROM

R880.0

per night

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Mseni Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Self Catering in Sodwana Bay

!UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT!

Jewel of the Kwazulu Natal North Coast.

Mseni Lodge is located just 10 minutes from the ...

Swimming Pool
Bar
Parking on Premises
Laundry facilities

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R590.0

per night

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Three Lodges in Sodwana Bay

Guest Lodge, Self Catering in Sodwana Bay

Three privately owned luxury lodges, (two sleeping eight each, one sleeping
ten), within the famous three star Sodwa...

Braai Area
DSTV
Full Kitchen
TV

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R3000.0

per night

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Sodwana Lodge

Bed and Breakfast in Sodwana Bay

The lovely Sodwana Bay in South Africa is home to the much loved Sodwana Lodge. The area is known for its expansive ...

Swimming Pool
Full Kitchen
Bar
Braai Area
Aircon
TV

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R860.0

per night

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Inkwazi Beach Camp

Camps, Self Catering in Sodwana Bay

We are 3km from the beach and at night you can hear the waves breaking and wake up with the cry of the fish eagle. In...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
Parking on Premises
Camps

FROM

R190.0

per night

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Toad Tree Cabins - Sodwana Bay

Self Catering in Sodwana Bay

Situated in the peace and tranquillity of the African bush, Toad Tree Cabins in Sodwana Bay offers comfortable, self-...

Swimming Pool
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen
Braai Area
WiFi

FROM

R160.0

per night

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Shemula Lodge

Guest Lodge in Sodwana Bay

Come and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Maputaland bush. Shemula Lodge is centrally situated from Ndumo Game...

Swimming Pool
Parking on Premises
Braai Area
TV

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R550.0

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Seevarkie Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Sodwana Bay

Seevarkie's luxury fully equipped 3 star self-catering guest house accommodation in Sodwana Bay is situated in the be...

Swimming Pool
Full Kitchen
DSTV
Braai Area
Bar

FROM

R300.0

per night

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More info about Sodwana Bay

Part of the world heritage site of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Sodwana Bay is a tiny town in the exquisite nature reserve, a coastal forested strip between St Lucia and Lake Sibhayi.

Sodwana Bay lies in the north eastern corner of KwaZulu Natal (KZN) Province, where the Indian Ocean’s waters are always warm and the beaches and reefs remain unscathed by industry.

Regarded as South Africa’s premier diving site, Sodwana Bay has many fascinating attractions including ancient coastal dunes and forests. Inland are salt and fresh water lakes, small villages and game parks.

In volume, the coral reefs in Sodwana Bay are one-tenth the size of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, however, they are no less important. These pristine reefs are safe breeding grounds for masses of fish and without them fish populations would radically decline. Fortunately, the conservation of this area is at the forefront of local authorities’ agendas. Registered tour companies in the area are aware of the fragility and significance of Sodwana Bay’s reefs and operate in an eco-friendly manner.

Whether you are an enthusiastic diver, a nature lover or just someone who appreciates a quiet, peaceful beach holiday, Sodwana Bay should be your chosen destination.

 

Things to do

Spend your days exploring miles of untouched coastline. Swimming in the Sodwana Bay seas is a lot of fun as water temperatures rarely drop below 20° Celsius here.

New to scuba diving? Sign up for a PADI-certified (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) course in Sodwana Bay that will get you to a point where a guided open dive is possible.

A suggested dive site is Stringer Reef to see the ray cleaning station. Huge manta rays congregate while the wrasse perform their valuable cleaning service on them. The boat ride out from Jesser Point to the reef is an adventure in itself as the pilot expertly steers through the waves.

Angling is hugely popular in Sodwana Bay where fisherman attempt to land sailfish, gnarly springer and powerful tuna.

The Mkuze Swamps, also in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, is a bird watching paradise. Expect to see fish eagle, kingfisher, heron and flamingo to name a few. Otter, serval and reed buck inhabit the area. Ghost Mountain overlooks the area where some believe (incorrectly) is the site where the Zulu King Dingaan was killed.

A short drive north of Sodwana is South Africa’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Sibaya. Here, the crocodile and hippo rule and if lucky, you may see the shy water buck. The lake is separated from the ocean by some of the world’s highest vegetated dunes.

Kosi Bay is known for its four lakes extending 30km along the northern shore and it is a popular snorkeling and skin diving site. Visit a Tembe village to see their fish kraals, built using branches and twine, which guide fish into smaller pools where they are speared.

Spend a day at Tembe Elephant Park for game viewing of the small elephant population,as well as rhino, leopard, hyena and various antelope species. Interestingly, the park experiences butterfly swarms in early spring.

 

Where to Eat

The Lighthouse Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge in Sodwana is well laid out with a relaxing deck and friendly staff eager to please. The delicious food includes wood-fired pizzas, pastas and a selection of fish dishes.

A warm ambience surrounds the Elephant Waterhole restaurant where the hosts offer delicious seafood and other fare. The Mozambican-style prawns are enjoyed by the regulars.

Leatherbacks Restaurant is in a rather rustic setting and the excellent meals range from an à la carte menu to standard pizzas. A pool bar is below the restaurant for pre-dinner drinks or to spend an evening around the pool.

 

Night Life

The Sports Bar at Sodwana Bay Village is a great place to meet the locals and get the inside dope on best dive spots in Sodwana.

 

Where to Stay

Sodwana Bay has a fantastic selection of accommodation options to suit all tastes, from prestigious and luxurious lodges to fun resorts and rustic beach camps. Whichever one you choose, expect outstanding value at a convenient base in which to enjoy your seaside vacation.

 

Transport

Air The nearest airport is in Richards Bay, 195km from Sodwana Bay. Fly in to Richards Bay via one of the three international airports (Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg).

Car Hire a car from any of the rental agencies at the Richards Bay airport or order a vehicle online.

Taxi There are no formal taxis in the area, however, a number of tour operators in Sodwana Bay offer shuttle services to & from the airport.

Bus Baz Bus, the ‘backpacker’s bus service’ operates a bus to Sodwana Bay from outlying regions.

 

Did you know?

Although the Sodwana Bay reefs are a lot smaller than the Great Barrier Reef, a total of 1600 marine species have been recorded here versus the 1800 species found in Australia. For diversity of marine life, Sodwana Bay is an unmatched dive site.

The gentle, female leatherback and loggerhead turtles make an epic 25000km annual journey to nest on the beaches of Sodwana Bay by digging a hole and dropping a clutch of roughly 100 eggs before returning to sea. Their female offspring will return to repeat this cycle. The beach breeding grounds are strictly monitored but night tours are offered by the KZN Parks Board.

In 2000 a living fossil, the Coelecanth, was discovered in Jesser Canyon off Sodwana Bay. The authorities immediately initiated an ecosystem programme to protect these ancient fish.

The area is a malaria zone, take the necessary precautions.

The word Sodwana is Zulu for "little one on its own", which is appropriate, considering that Sodwana Bay is a little piece of virgin paradise.