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Sodwana Bay - Wikipedia

Date posted: 2012-06-13


Sodwana Bay National Park is a narrow strip of forested sand dunes located along the KwaZulu Natal coast. Proclaimed a national park in the 1950s it is a paradise for anglers and divers.

Sodwana is situated in the Maputaland Marine Reserve and the only scuba diving area along the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park (now renamed to Isimangaliso) coastline. Classified as one of the top dive sites in the world this 50 km reef complex boasts around 95 species of hard and soft coral, sponges, other invertebrates and around 1200 fish species. It attracts 35 000 scuba divers every year. Vast 700m deep valleys, submarine canyons, are strewn over a distance of 2km. It was in one of these that on 27 November 2000 that the coelacanth was rediscovered.

Diving conditions: Visibility: 10-50m, best Sept-March; Depth range: 8-80m; Marine life: Indian Ocean species and cold water species. Humpback whales. Ragged tooth sharks(nesting and hatching reefs); whale sharks; tiger sharks; manta rays, moray eels; Dive qualifications: minimum is Open Water. Technical dive locations available too; Reefs: 1/4 Mile, 2 Mile (ALL LESS THAN 18M) Stringer, Antons, Zambi Alley, caves&overhangs, Coral Gardens, 4 Buoy, Pinnacles, Waynes World, 2 Buoy, Cat,Smarties,Chain), 5 Mile(Hotspot32m, Gotham 44m, Lettuce 30m, Ribbon, Pothole), 7 Mile (Northern wall, 3xAmpitheatres, Mushroom Rock), 9 Mile aka Green Tree. In addition there are secret reefs restricted to locals or good divers.

In recent years fish species have declined significantly in this area of the South African coast. Sailfish, King Mackerel and especially Kingfish have become virtually extinct in these reefs. Sailfish were last reported on 5 January 2007, this decline mainly due to overfishing by the large numbers of ski boats visiting these reefs annually.

In the March 2011 issue of National Geographic Magazine, a short article titled Ancient Swimmers appeared, dicussing the groundbreaking discovery of elusive coelacanths in the depths of Sodwana Bay and the surrounding area. A small section of the written article explains that:

"Since this chance sighting, Latimeria chalumnae have been found in several pockets in [and around] the Indian Ocean. No one knows how many there are - maybe as few as 1,000 or as many as 10, 000. Because of the depth of their habitat, they have mainly been photographed by submersibles and remotely-operated vehicles. Divers first documented the fish [in Sodwana Bay] in 2000; in January and February 2010, a specially trained team dived to take pictures of [another] small colony in Sodwana Bay, South Africa."

Road map to Kosi Bay Manguzi Ponta

Date posted: 2012-06-13

Road map to Kosi Bay Manguzi

Road map to Kosi Bay Manguzi

Kosi Bay Map for region

Date posted: 2012-06-13

Just click the map below and do your bookings from this page. A great way to plan your route and do your bookings.

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Date posted: 2012-05-14

From Johannesburg

pproximately 6.5 - 7hrs

From Johannesburg, head towards Piet Retief and then Pongola. Proceed through Pongola towards the town of Mkuze on the N2. 10kms before Mkuze turn left to Jozini - as you leave Jozini proceed over the dam wall. After 45km at a T-junction turn right towards “Kwangwanase”. Proceed for another 47km past Tembe Elephant Park (bad potholes, animals on road, be careful) - towards KwaNgwanase (Manguzi).

For non 4x4 guests :- Drive into KwaNgwanase (Manguzi ), through the town and near the end, look out for the Total Garage on your left handside. Opposite is a Tourism Information Office called IMVUBU INFO LAPHA.

From Durban

Approximately 4.5 hours

From Durban, proceed on the N2 North out of Durban bypassing Richards Bay, Empangeni and Mtubatuba and head towards the town of Hluhluwe. Turn off the N2 towards Hluhluwe, proceeding through the town until you reach the last traffic circle. Turn left towards Mbazwane/Sodwana Bay and proceed for 0.7 km and turn right again towards Sodwana Bay/Mbazwane. Shortly after turning right you will cross over a railway line. Proceed for 87 km bypassing Mbazwane on your right. Proceed straight through the circles following the signs to “Coastal Forest Reserve” and pass. Proceed for 46km km after Mbazwane (passing the Mseleni turn-off) and turn right at the circle Kosi Bay / KwaNgwanase sign.

For non 4x4 guests :- Drive into KwaNgwanase (Manguzi ), through the town and near the end, look out for the Total Garage on your left handside. Opposite is a Tourism Information Office called IMVUBU INFO LAPHA.

Where is Kosi Bay?

Date posted: 2012-05-21

Kosi Bay in Maputaland is in a part of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, that is tucked in between Swaziland, Mozambique, and the endless white beaches of the warm Indian Ocean coast. It is a vast remote and magical place of shimmering lakes, forests, bush and pristine seashore.

The area is only accessible on foot, on horseback or with 4X4 vehicles and therfore it is sheltered from mass tourism and major human intrusion. The northern part of Maputaland, is without conventional electricity and water supply. Here you can experience the rich “real life” African tribal culture that is unaffected by modern world or industry.

Kosi Bay, Manguzi, eManguzi, KwaNgwanase are all different names for the same place. Manguzi is the community in which the town is settled and KwaNgwanase is the district name. Similarly is Elephant Coast, Maputaland, Thongaland one and the same place.

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Kosi Bay Interactive Google Map

Date posted: 2012-05-21

Kosi Bay Map - Interactive Google Map.

For a first time visitor to Kosi bay it is not easy to find your way. This map also works well on smart mobile devices so use it when you get lost. Bookmark the address NOW!


The different names for Kosi Bay is:

  • Maputaland and Tembe Thongaland is the traditional name (after the king Mabhudu who reigned from Maputo to Kosi Bay).
  • Kosi Bay, Kosi Mouth, Kosi Lakes is the popular tourism destination names.
  • Isimangaliso and Elephant Coast is the marketing initiative names.
  • Manguzi is the small town community name which falls in the Kwangwanase district in the Umhlabayalingana Municipality.


Kosi Bay is in South Africa, Kwazulu Natal, Maputaland (part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park).
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