North-east Zululand – Sodwana Lake Sibaya
About the Birding
Lake Sibaya is the largest freshwater lake in South Africa and is separated from the sea by high forest covered dunes. Lake Sibaya is a drowned river valley lake with a maximum depth of over 40m. Many smaller pans, typical of those elsewhere, 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.
About the Birding Site
Situated between St. Lucia to the south, and Kosi Bay to the north, the Sodwana Bay sub-route encompasses a wide range of habitats. The region is incredibly popular among holidaymakers and those seeking a thrilling excursion into one of the most untouched areas in KwaZulu-Natal. Sodwana Bay – the site for which the sub-route is perhaps best known – is one of the top 10 diving sites in the world and is the premier diving site in South Africa.
Other Related Information
From Mkhuze take the R69 towards Candover, after 2km’s turn right towards Ubombo. Follow this road to Mbazwana and follow the signposts to Lake Sibaya from here.
Access and facilities:
The Sodwana region is generally considered to be one of the top diving sites in South Africa and numerous tour operators run diving and snorkelling excursions to the many pristine reefs. The region is also known as a premier fishing destination, both marine and on Lake Sibaya, while the detailed network of roads and trails offer access to the pristine coastal forests in the area.