Sodwana Bay National Park

Proclaimed in 1950, Sodwana Bay National Park consists of a narrow coastal strip of forest covered sand dunes and is an angler’s paradise

KwaZulu Natal Game and Nature ReservesThe Sodwana Bay National Park

The small Sodwana Bay National Park consists of a narrow coastal strip of forest covered sand dunes. Sodwana Bay National Park was proclaimed in 1950 and is an angler’s paradise.

Sodwana is a fairly remote area but people travel a long way to drive along the endless beaches in their four-wheel drive vehicles and to dive the coral reefs teaming with colourful fish and some giants of the sea such as whale sharks and manta rays.

Situated within the magnificent iSimangaliso Wetland Park (previously known as St Lucia Wetland Park), Sodwana Bay National Park is renowned for its scuba diving, snorkelling and deep-sea fishing. The reef at Sodwana National Park has 14 rocky reefs, covered with coral, and a wide variety of tropical fish.

These reefs, estimated to be over 4000 years old have plenty of caves, overhangs and pinnacles. They are covered with soft and hard corals, and can be dived all year round. Most species of shark have been spotted at Sodwana, and recently three coelacanths approximately 1.5m in length were photographed at a depth of 115m.

The south flowing Agulhas current hits the continental shelf a few kilometres offshore, and this deep water is home to marlin and sailfish.

There are excellent snorkelling spots at Sodwana Bay, Kingfisher Bay, Adlams, Algae Reef and Mabibi, all accessible by four-wheel drive vehicle along the beach. These reefs are abundant in goldies, lionfish, zebras, wrass, crayfish, feather stars, rays and moray eels.

Coral Divers in Sodwana Bay in KwaZulu Natal operate a dive camp and offer numerous dive packages, equipment hire, as well as various PADI dive courses. Dive the Big Five offer tour packages and safaris that put forward all kinds of diving around South Africa, from reef to wreck, shark and cage diving.

Popular Activities in Sodwana Bay National Park

Beach Rides on Horse Back


We take the horses out along Iphiva Beach at the northern end of St Lucia where there are many kilometres of clean white sand with the Indian Ocean rolling in alongside. During the whale season (May to November) we sometimes see humpbacks breaching...

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Sodwana Bay Beach


To sum it up in one word Sodwana Bay Beach is fantastic! This long stretch of beach on the Elephant Coast offers a host of activities for beach goers. If you’re chilled then come and relax on the beach and work on your tan, but if you’re active you...

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Casual Diving with Occi Scuba


Two Mile Reef is situated 1.3km north of Jesser Point and takes approximately 3-5 minutes to get to by rubber duck. Two Mile Reef is one of Sodwana’s largest coral reefs at 1.7km long and 900m wide at its widest point. Depending on prevailing conditions...

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Did you know?

Sodwana Bay means ‘little one on its own’ in Zulu.

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