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Overview
WWith its many exciting coral reefs and outstanding climate, Sodwana Bay has distinguished itself as one of the premier sport diving destinations in the world. Sodwana Bay National Park is situated within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This wonderful resort set in the sheltered bay on the Maputaland coast attracts many visitors all year round to discover its many hidden treasures. Many popular dive sites with a great diversity of underwater seascapes and marine flora and fauna, corals, beautiful overhangs, drop-offs and mushroom rocks, as well as spectacular night dives have made this place a not-to-be-missed destination for the scuba diving enthusiast. Conditions for diving are good throughout the year, but the best diving is from April- September. Scuba diving equipment is available for hire. There are also excellent snorkelling spots in the rock pools and off the beach. Other activities include night tours in December and January which offer camp residents unique opportunities for turtle watching. Fishing is also an opportunity not to be missed when visiting Sodwana and self-guided walks walking trail for nature lovers and bird enthusiasts’ leads around the coastal forests and dunes and are in rich in cultural history with evidence of ancient shell middens still found along the coastal dunes. From the North, turn to off the North Coast Road (N2) at Jozini and follow the signposts through Mbazwana to the park (about 79 km on a gravel road). From the South, turn off at the Hluhluwe town off-ramp and follow the Sodwana Bay signage. The part is 97 km from here through Mbazwana on a tar road. Entrance gates are open 24 hours. Arrival after reception office hours will require a refundable deposit. 200 permits are issued daily on a first come first served basis. Vehicles may only access the beach on Saturdays and Sundays, Public Holidays and peak school holidays. Visitors are advised to take precautions against malaria before, during and after a visit to Sodwana Bay. Please note that physically disabled people have to apply to the Minister at Marine and Conservation Management for special permission to access the beach. The application has to be done in writing prior to visiting the area. The Resort's accommodation is uniquely style, symbolic of the dwellings of the San people who once lived in these mountains. Sodwana resorts boost 20 self-catering log cabins which is 10 four bed with 2 bedroom and 10 six bed with 3 bedroom, they are serviced daily and hiking/ walking tour guides are available but visitors need to book at the reception. All chalet have DStv and Cell phone reception (Vodacom, Cell C). Some of the cabins have sea view. Sodwana Bay camp grounds feature 413 open space campsites that accommodate both caravans and tents, set into shady surroundings in the coastal forest. Campsites have shared cold water taps and barbecue facilities. A number of campsites feature electrical plug points. A smaller, more modern camping area is available with 33 electrified campsites that can take caravans or tents, each with their own barbecue, electric lights, running water and modem communal ablution blocks. Freezer and refrigeration facilities are also available. Spar shop with curios, firewood and basic amenities.
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