Sodwana to Kosi Bay

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We recently visited the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in Northern Natal with the Mercedes Benz Franchise of the McCarthy Group.

We had two days of excellent game fishing with the charter company, “Seevarkie” and caught and release a black Marlin and landed a 25 kg Yellowfin Tuna as well as a couple of beautiful Dorado’s.

Our next destination was Kosi Bay and the locals advised us to take the tar road as the coastal sand track over the dunes was less travelled and difficult to find.

We however decided to pay a quick visit to Lake Sibaya before returning to the tar road. Lake Sibaya (or Sibhayi) is named as one of the ten jewels of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and with 64 under water, the largest freshwater lake in South Africa.

We were now roughly halfway to Rocktail Bay, the sand track was not too bad, navigation went well, our tails were up and we decided not to go back to the tar, but to proceed to Rocktail Bay. We travelled via Babibi and about 10 kilometers further, we got to a boom and a neat and extremely efficient office of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park at Manzengwenya. They were quite surprised to get a group travelling all the way from Sodwana to Kosi Bay, but quickly helped us with our permits and directions to Black Rock.

We continued on the sand track and stopped for lunch at the beautiful Lala Neck Beach. We had a swim and some guys even tried their hands at fishing while we waited for the coals to get ready for our braai. Lala Neck is really a memorable place and worth to visit.

From here the sand track took us further through the most beautiful coastal forest to the junction with the track that connects Manguzi with Black Rock. We refuelled in Manguzi and reached Kosi Bay Lodge just before dark………tired, but fulfilled with the experience and the beauty of this northern coastal part of Maputa Land.


Andre van Vuuren (082 935 7405)

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