Eastern Cape

Top 10

Lakes and lagoons

1Lake St Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal

Part of the iSimangaliso (Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park) World Heritage Site this is one of South Africa’s most scenic lake areas.

2Knysna Lagoon, Garden Route

One of the most scenic lagoons in the country – a combination of sea, lagoon and imposing mountains.

3Lake Sibaya, KwaZulu-Natal

The largest freshwater lake in South Africa has abundant hippos, crocs and birdlife.

4Langebaan Lagoon, West Coast, Western Cape

At the heart of the West Coast National Park, this lagoon is a great place for water sports.

5Swartvlei, Sedgefield, Garden Route

One of the largest lakes along the Garden Route, this lake is an important conservation area.

6De Hoopvlei, Western Cape

This natural vlei or lake boasts more than 200 species of birds situated in a fynbos-rich area near Bredasdorp in the Western Cape

7Heuningnes River Lagoon, Overberg, Western Cape

This tranquil tidal lagoon, situated near Cape Agulhas in the Western Cape, is surrounded by fynbos.

8Keurbooms Lagoon, Garden Route

You’ll find this scenic lagoon not too far from the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay. Visit the indigenous forests by boat.

9Kleinriviersvlei, Hermanus

A huge lagoon set against the mountains of Hermanus, a favourite spot for water sport enthusiasts.

10Lake Fundudzi, Limpopo

Steeped in myth and folklore this lake near the Soutpansberg region is sacred to the VhaVenda people.