Lake Sibaya, tucked away between forested coastal dunes, is South Africa’s largest fresh-water lake and is home to KwaZulu-Natal’s second largest population of crocodiles and hippos.

For the journey through Mbazwana State Forest and over the grassland tracks to Sibaya an off-road vehicle is recommended, but not essential.

The cry of the fish eagle and grunts of the hippo enhances the beauty and wilderness of the area.

This landlocked lake, that once flowed into the ocean, now has just a narrow ridge of forested dunes separating it from the sea. Raggedly shaped and covering an area of 18 km with a myriad of coves and channels, it is home to flocks of flamingo and over 250 other bird species which can be viewed either from boats or alongside walking trails. The lakeshore is also home to the only known population of a rare climbing orchid.

Accommodation

Baya Camp is a rustic but atmospheric camp with comfortable thatched cabins nestling under splayed Umdoni trees. There is a wooden boardwalk that links the cabins to a sundeck and the communal eating lodge with a view right across the still waters to the reed-covered banks and powdery white sand.

Contact details

 

iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority

 

The Dredger Harbour

 

Private Bag X05

 

St Lucia 3936

 

Tel: +27 35 590 1633

 

Fax: +27 35 590 1602

 

Email: info@iSimangaliso.com

 

Web: www.iSimangaliso.com

 

24 Hour emergency hotline: +27 82 797 7944