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Private luxury lodge in Sodwana Bay for world famous five star PADI scuba-diving, deep sea fishing and Big Five game driving within private gated resort in World Heritage site Isimangaliso reserve. Self-catering plus hotel and local restaurants. Sub-tropical temperatures for all year round comfort. The ideal getaway. This is one of three lodges we have in the resort. Sleeps 10, one master double and three twin bedrooms upstairs with main bath/shower and toilet and another separate showers and toilet. Ceiling fans/lights in every room. Large mezzanine lounge with full DSTV. Open plan living room, dining room and fully equipped kitchen with cooker and oven, microwave, large fridge freezer, smaller fridge and chest deep freezer. Self contained flat underneath with one double bedroom and shower and toilet en suite. Daily maid service for cleaning and laundry. Outdoor showers, sinks and hangers for scuba equipment and fishermen. Boat locker available for hire too. 5 star PADI Dive Shop on premises. On site manager and daily house keeping provided. The finest beaches and the best scuba diving in South Africa, record breaking deep sea fishing, the best Big Five game drives locally, sundowners at Lake Sibaya with crocodiles and hippos, exceptional bird-watching, micro-light flights, kite-surfing, quad-biking and just chilling. Sun-tropical weather all year round. Even in mid-winter temperatures get into the 30s with calm, still sunny days. What more can you ask for?
Private luxury lodge in Sodwana Bay for world famous five star PADI scuba-diving, deep sea fishing and Big Five game driving within private gated resort in World Heritage site Isimangaliso reserve. Self-catering plus hotel and local restaurants. Sub-tropical temperatures for all year round comfort. The ideal getaway. This is one of three lodges we have...Read more
The Sodwana Bay Lodge resort itself was originally created for the scuba diving and deep sea fishing community. It is a gated complex and sits between the only road into town and the shores of Lake Shazibe, which is flanked on the far side by the most ancient vegetated sand dunes in the world, hiding the shoreline. The wooden Lodge complex contains a hotel, comprising two person chalets and family sized time-share lodges. Within the lodge grounds is a restaurant and bar complex, a swimming pool, a helipad, a 5 star PADI dive school, boat lockers and a hair and beauty salon.
The lodges are ideal for both families and larger groups of friends. They are staffed, but give you the independence and freedom to do what you want, when you want.
Nyala antelope roam through the grounds and sightings of mongooses, bush-babies and monkeys are a daily occurrence. Fish eagles soar over the lake and hornbills call in the trees.
Outside the resort are a number of colourful local shops for essentials, local bars and restaurants plus other smaller resorts with backpacker accommodation for the more adventurous.
The beach is a 2.5 mile drive through the bush from the lodge and is gated as the area is a protected reserve. Passing the colourfully dressed local ladies tending their wares, the beach market is full of woven mats and baskets, Zulu jewellery, wooden carvings and pineapples on a stick are peeled for you while you wait. When buying, a bit of bartering and a lot of laughing is the norm and part of the sale and generally, all are satisfied with the final figure.
If part of a dive school or fishing company, you will be taken straight onto the beach in a tractor pulled trailer, which for first-timers, is breath-taking - the view that is, not the tractor!
For others, there is a car park and a three minute walk to the beach. On reaching the crown of the access road, the warm surf of the sub-tropical Indian Ocean lies before you. A small area of the Bay can be accessed by vehicles and boats for the diving and fishing concessions. The rest is off limits to vehicles and is only for the visitor to roam, as far as the eye can see. There are secure rock pools for youngsters to play in safely. Further round the headland, heading south, is one of the most glorious and beautiful beaches in the world, with maybe a couple of shore fishermen, the odd crab and sandpipers being your sole companions.
Sodwana Bay is classified as one of the top dive sites in the world with a magnificent thirty mile coral reef complex with over 1200 species of tropical fish. It is also here in the deep off Sodwana Bay that the fabled living fossil, the coelacanth, is found. Whale sharks, a variety of sharks, bottlenose and spinner dolphins, giant manta rays and rare leatherback turtles are all regular visitors. Humpback whales migrate through here during the winter and spring season and orcas are also occasionally sighted.
A little wooden beach café sited on stilts above the sand offers a delicious selection of toasted sandwiches, burgers, milkshakes and refreshments to sate the appetite after a great dive or a long beach walk.
So that’s the morning taken care of.
Sodwana Bay is one of the few places where you can swim with whale sharks in the morning and see the Big Five the same afternoon - the Big Five being lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhino.
Within a maximum of a 75 minute drive, you can be in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Reserve which is the only state run park in KZN and the oldest game reserve in the world. It covers 600 square miles and owing to it’s conservation programme, is home not only to the Big Five, but the world’s largest white rhino population. A very popular destination for day drives.
For total luxury and overnight stays there are the local game resorts of Phinda and Thanda, the latter being the furthest at around a 75 minute drive. An evening game drive is made all the more unique, when, as the heat is going off the day and the sun is lowering in the sky, the safari vehicle stops in the bush and the back panel is flipped open and out comes ice-cold champagne and canapés and the traditional local delicacy, biltong or dried meat.
Tembe Elephant Park is just a forty five minute drive north of Sodwana. Its two hundred square mile reserve’s northern edge is capped by the Mozambique border. Naturally the name says it all, but it also is home to the Big Five along with over 350 species of bird life.
Crocodile and snake parks are also in the region as are big and small cat conservation parks.
Kite-surfing, micro-lighting and quad-biking are some of the other activities in the area, but there is nothing quite like returning to your lodge just before sunset, sitting on your deck overlooking Lake Shazibe, watching the cormorants flying in formation to their roost, listening to the night animals awakening as the sky changes through a multitude of pastels and just as the first star of the millions in the Milky Way appears and taking a sip of something very chilled…
The Sodwana Bay Lodge resort itself was originally created for the scuba diving and deep sea fishing community. It is a gated complex and sits between the only road into town and the shores of Lake Shazibe, which is flanked on the far side by the most ancient vegetated sand dunes in the world, hi...read more
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