Lake Sibaya, KwaZulu Natal
Lake Sibaya is the largest fresh water lake in South Africa with a surface area of 77 km² and an average depth of 13 m. The lake was previously connected to the sea and with the closure of the estuary, numerous invertebrates and vertebrates were trapped in a fresh water enviroment.
Lake Sibaya is a drowned river valley lake with a maximum depth of over 40m. Many smaller pans typical of those elsewhere in the area surround the lake. In years of poor rainfall many of these smaller pans dry up leaving Lake Sibaya as the only permanent water in the area where flocks of up to 20 000 waterfowl can congregate. The eastern shores of the lake have very rich dune forest habitat which harbours many of the Zululand east coast species.
The Reserve is a protected area along the northern KwaZulu Natal Coastline. Each beach has limited access so the experience is exclusive and special with miles and miles of white sand. Scuba-diving, snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing are the main activities.
Accompanied by a guide or solo, there is no better way to explore the many tiny inlets around the lake edge, the closest experience one will get outside the Okavango Swamps. Walks are conducted in the Community Conservation Area, in the forest and along the lake edge. One will have the opportunity to see small game such as Zebra, Nyala, Reedbuck and Impala. Join one of our specialist guides and learn about the medicinal uses of the Trees and Plants in the area or the prolific birdlife.
During summer months commencing in November and through to February, the great Leatherback turtles return year after year to the Marine Reserve between St Lucia and the Mozambique border. Here they make their nests in the sand dunes, deposit their eggs and slip back into the sea.
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