Ogwini Lodge is 6 minutes away from the beach. We offer dive charters with the many scuba diving schools around us and you can do and see a lot of things while here like turtles laying eggs in season, deep-sea fishing and microlite flights. These activities need to be booked in advance with the tour operators in the area
The Maputaland coral reefs are the southern most coral reefs in the world with an incredible bio-diversity on the reefs. Most of the scuba diving is done on four reefs, 2 Mile, 5 Mile, 7 Mile and 9 Mile reefs, named for their distance from the Sodwana launch site at Jesser point. Divers are taken out in semi-rigid inflatable boats that can take up to eleven divers. The launches are straight from the beach through the surf. These types of launches are unique to the Kwazulu Natal and Mozambique coast and are a adrenaline rush! This thrilling experience adds to the excitement of the dive.
Sodwana offers excellent fishing, either from the shore or from ski boats. Plenty of game fish are caught here and it is also home to some of the biggest fishing competitions in South Africa mainly targeting tuna, black and blue Marlin which can be caught from the ski boats in season. There are a number of fishing charter operators at Sodwana Bay, they operate large ski-boats with experienced skippers for the visitor who wishes to try his hand at game fishing.
The snorkelling at Jesser Point at low tide is excellent, or you can do some great snorkelling further north at Mabibi.
Guided turtle tours are taken along the beach between November & January. Learning about the Leatherback and loggerhead turtles is a fascinating experience and the night drive will fill you with wonder.
Excursions to watch these majestic mammals are available in Sodwana and also in nearby St Lucia.
Game Viewing or Safaris
There are a number of game parks within easy driving distance where you can get up close and personal with the Big 5. Some of these include the Mkuze Game Reserve, Ndumo Game Reserve, Thembe Elephant Park and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve.
The area is a birders paradise with over 526 species of birds recorded in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
There is a curio market off the main Sodwana beach for some local shopping and sundowners are popular at Lake Sibaya if you have a 4x4, a freshwater inland lake about 15 kilometres from Sodwana.
For the more energetic there is quad bike riding through the plantations. You can also go flying in a micro light over this pristine area.
Most of these activities needs to be booked in advance with the tour operators in the area.