Lake Sibaya

Lake Sibaya is South Africa’s largest fresh-water lake. Tucked against forested coastal dunes, its crystal clear waters are home to KwaZulu-Natal’s second largest population of hippo and crocodiles.


  • Drive along the coastal forest road alongside Lake Sibaya.
  • Kayak on Lake Sibaya (booking through Thonga Beach Lodge)

Getting there

From Hluhluwe take the R22 towards Sodwana Bay, 18km after Mbazwana turn right at the Coastal Forest turnoff. For visitors in sedan vehicles, it is possible to park vehicles at the Coastal Cashews office and arrange a transfer to the accommodation facilities in this section of iSimangaliso. For visitors driving in their own 4x4 vehicles, continue along this road for 24km until you see signs either to Rocktail or Thonga.

GPS Co-ordinates

  • Mabibi: -27.333195°S; 32.752066°E
  • Island Rock: -27.277783°S; 32.77656°E
  • Lala Nek: -27.224025°S; 32.794733°E

Park entry

  • Gate opening and closing times:
    • 06h00 to 18h00
  • Entry fee: None

Operators working at Lake Sibaya
Accommodation options within Lake Sibaya