Top 10: Lakes and lagoons

A lesser jacana in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park 

1 Lake 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. more

2 Knysna Lagoon, Garden Route

This is one of the most beautiful settings in the country – a combination of sea, lagoon and a magnificent landmark in the form of the Knysna Heads. more

3 Lake Sibaya, KwaZulu-Natal

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

4 Langebaan Lagoon, West Coast, Western Cape

At the heart of the West Coast National Park, part of this lagoon is open to watersports while the rest is a natural haven for flamingos and other birdlife. more

5 Swartvlei, Sedgefield, Garden Route

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

6 De 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 more

7 Heuningnes River Lagoon, Overberg, Western Cape

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

8 Keurbooms 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. more

9 Kleinriviersvlei, Hermanus

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

10 Lake Fundudzi, Limpopo

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