Top 10: Lakes and lagoons
A lesser jacana in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park
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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.
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.
Lake Sibaya, KwaZulu-Natal
The largest freshwater lake in South Africa has abundant hippos, crocs and birdlife.
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.
Swartvlei, Sedgefield, Garden Route
One of the largest lakes along the Garden Route, this lake is an important conservation area.
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
Heuningnes River Lagoon, Overberg, Western Cape
This tranquil tidal lagoon, situated near Cape Agulhas in the Western Cape, is surrounded by fynbos.
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.
A huge lagoon set against the mountains of Hermanus, a favourite spot for water sport enthusiasts.
Lake Fundudzi, Limpopo
Steeped in myth and folklore this lake near the Soutpansberg region is sacred to the VhaVenda people.