Sibaya Nature Reserve contains the
largest freshwater crystal clear lake in South
Africa and is separated from the coast by impressive
sand dunes rising to 536 feet (165metres). The
lake contains some crocs and hippos, and there
are boats (with skipper) for hire for fishing
trips. The pristine coastline of this reserve
stretches for 62 miles (100km).
Bay Nature Reserve is a coastal reserve
with a string of four lakes and a wide variety
of terrain and unique eco systems in the fig
tree and palm forests, mangrove swamps, freshwater
lakes, sand dunes, pristine beaches and coral
reefs. It is home to the Tonga people who use
ingenious fish traps made from reeds, to make
their daily catch in the tidal lagoon.
lakes contain crocs and hippos, while antelopes
inhabit the dry inland parts of the reserve.
The mouth of the lake system is considered to
provide some of the best snorkelling in South
Africa. But the areas is most famous for its
leatherback turtles, that lay their eggs in
the soft beach sand from the end of October
through to January. Turtle viewing is allowed
with wildlife rangers.
Bay is a (40km) stretch of unspoilt,
undeveloped, pristine coastline where a sophisticated
conservation model has been successfully implemented,
between conservation authorities, local communities
and Wilderness Safaris tour operator. A small
number of visitors stay at Rocktail Bay Lodge
and can experience nature walks into the coastal
forest, watching turtles laying their eggs,
boat trips out to sea, scuba diving and snorkelling.
This eco-friendly tourism project is successfully
helping to preserve the area and create jobs.
warm sea of this coastline attracts a great
diversity of marine life including loggerhead
and leatherback turtles, ragged-tooth sharks
and enormous whale sharks, bottlenose dolphins
and humpback whales, plus a myriad of colourful
reef fish and other sea creatures.