Sodwana Bay National Park is 413ha of beach and luxuriant dune forest that has exploded into a capacious and popular resort. With its numerous tent and caravan sites spread among 25ha of coastal forest , Sodwana swells into a small town during peak season. Powerboaters crowd in for some of the best marlin fishing in the world – and the southernmost coral reefs along Africa's eastern coast attract scuba divers all year round.
Part of Sodwana's magic is its sheltered situation. A rocky ridge called Jesser Point justs seaward from a dune headland, and although invisible at high tide, it protects the bay immediately to the north. Here wide sands slope gently to water the colour of blue crystal. This is where most of the action takes place as lines are cast, boats are launched, and swimmers frolic in the inviting warm-water turf.
Sodwana's landward face is equally attractive. A nearby stream gives Sodwana its name of “little one on its own”, and two small lakes gleam through a damp tangle of dune forest dotted with cycads. Once a shelter for hunters and gun-runners, this is now alive with small mammals such as red and grey duiker, reedbuck, bushpig, banded mongoose, and samango and vervet monkeys. A bird checklist includes the pied and giant kingfisher, Knysna lourie and pygmy goose. Birds are plentiful, and they include the Zulu batis and Rudd's apalis. Tonga red squirrels and several species of mongoose live in the forest.
Source: AA Illustrated Guide to the South African Coast Pages p265. AA The Motorist Publications (Pty) Ltd. ISBN 09470084
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