SODWANA BAY, ISIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK – SOUTH AFRICA
BEST FOR… Marine life, diving, endless sand
WHY GO? The sand seems to go on forever here, as beach becomes dune, becomes coastal forest. And the water is heaving. Southern right and humpback whales cruise by (Jun-Dec); leatherbacks and loggerheads come ashore to lay; rock pools brim with tropical fish; dolphins play offshore.
WHAT TO DO: Learn to dive – Seven Mile Reef is one of the best dive sites in the world. Horse-ride along the sand or join a guided night tour, to see turtles nesting (Nov-Feb).
WHILE YOU’RE THERE: Join a game drive through the Wetland Park. Kayak with hippos and crocs on Lake St Lucia.
GET THERE: From Johannesburg, fly to Richards Bay then drive to Sodwana (2hrs). Sodwana is around 350km north of Durban.