Activity Level: Moderate
The Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Reserve comprises a rivermouth about 60 km long, which forms a lagoon parallel to the coast. The lagoon is separated from the sea by a ridge of dunes. Where seawater and fresh water mix, there is an abundance of nutrition for countless species of fish and an equally impressive variety of birds. Another attraction is the chance to see numerous hippos and crocodiles. With about 1,500 specimens, the crocodile population in the St. Lucia lake is the biggest of all the animal parks in South Africa.
Sodwana Bay National Park is situated within the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. It is an area renowned for its sport fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling. If you enjoy the sea, the variety of activities available will suit your needs. The diversity of fish and invertebrates on Africa’s southern-most coral reefs attract many scuba divers and there are excellent snorkeling spots along the coast. Within the marine reserve ski boaters and shore anglers have the opportunity to catch a number of different game fish. Sodwana has produced record billfish and sailfish. In summer you can enjoy some of the best marlin fishing in the world. Barracuda and kingfish are also caught in summer, while winter is the time for shad (elf) and stumpnose. A dune forest dotted with cycads is alive with small mammals.