Sodwana Bay

Sodwana Bay is one of the top ten dive destinations in the world. The coral reefs contain over 1200 species of fish as well as a variety of underwater seascapes and marine flora and fauna. It is also home to the Coelacanth which was discovered in the deep Jesser Canyon offshore from Sodwana Bay in 2000.


Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife runs self catering log cabins and a wide range of campsites. Coral Divers has a number of accommodation options ranging from safari tents to en-suite huts and has a communal kitchen and restaurant serving meals throughout the day. Mseni Lodge has various units that can sleep 2 - 8 guests, and also has a restaurant on site.


  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba Diving
  • Walking (uMgobozeleni Trail)
  • Birding
  • Whale watching
  • Turtle tours
  • Fishing (shore, fly, deep sea, fishing ski, fishing jet ski)

Private scuba divers are required to enquire about daily permits – contact

Getting there

Depart the N2 at Hluhluwe and take the R22 towards Sodwana Bay. Continue along the R22 until Mbazwana and turn right in the town towards Sodwana Bay. Follow this road for another 16km before arriving at the Park entrance.

Park entry

  • Gate opening and closing times:
    • open 24 hours
  • Reception hours:
    • 08h00 to 16h30 (Mon – Thur)
    • 07h00 to 16h30 (Fri – Sat)
    • 07h00 to 15h00 (Sun)
  • Entry fee:
    • Adults – R40
    • Children (under the age of 12) – R35
    • Vehicle entry charge:
      • R55 for 1-5 people
      • R80 for 6-12 people
      • R110 for 13-20 people
      • R190 for 21+ people
    • Accommodated visitors: R7 per person (includes Rhino Gold card holders)
  • Community Levy: R5 per person
  • Camp contact details: +27 35 571 0051
  • iSimangaliso 24 Hour emergency hotline: +27 82 797 7944

Please Note: Park gate access procedures will be changing its access systems at the Bhangazi,  Dukuduku, Nhlozi, eMshophi, Ophansi and Sodwana gates, as of 1 December 2016. The new system will automate some of the current manual systems and assist with security in the Park. On entry your driver's licence and car licence will be scanned and you will be asked to sign acceptance of the terms and conditions of  entry to the Park. You are required to pay cash for your entry fee at the gates.

Car licences will also be scanned at selected points such as St Lucia beaches and Sodwana beach ramps. Alcohol is strictly prohibited in public places and vehicles searches will be conducted at check-points.

Public facilities

Annual licences to catch or obtain bait are available at the reception office. A small supermarket is situated across the road from the main reception office. Fuel is also available.

Operators working at Sodwana Bay
Accommodation options within Sodwana Bay