The Sodwana Bay Marine Reserve offers a marine safari not to be missed for scuba fanatics, water babies, nature lovers and photographers. With plenty to see and great visibility to see it in, this is a top spot on the South African coast for diving. 

Did you know?

Sodwana Bay is said to boast more than 80% of the world’s marine fish groups.

Unspoilt beaches and legendary diving experiences make the Sodwana Bay Marine Reserve as a marine safari not to be missed.

Rated one of the world’s top dive sites, scuba fanatics flock here to explore teeming coral reefs, and see graceful rays, eels, dolphins and exquisite coral gardens. Excellent visibility makes this an underwater photographer’s paradise; and in summer see masses of female ragged-tooth sharks at Raggies Reef.

Humpback and Southern right whales visit from May to November; snorkel the protected Adlams reef; go catch-and-release fishing for game fish; or charter a boat and scan the tropical waters for gigantic whale sharks.

At night, from November to January, 750kg leatherback and loggerhead turtles lay their eggs on the same beaches that they emerged from as hatchlings, so go on a community-guided tour and witness this spectacle first-hand.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority
Tel: +27 35 590 1633

How to get here

The tar road from Hluhluwe to Mbazwane town is now complete. Upon arrival at Mbazwane follow the signs, turning right through town and right again at the T-junction from there it is another 13km (8 miles) of tar to the main gate of Sodwana Bay National Park. This is the recommended route for all visitors, as it is the safest and even slightly quicker when coming from the north.

Where to stay

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park has a wide range of accommodation options to suit the budget and requirements of all its visitors.

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