Nibela Lake Lodges lies at the forested heartland of the wetlands of KwaZulu Natal, in a region that is brimming with exciting marine conservation areas, big game parks and local craft markets to add to your itinerary.
Here are just some of our ideas for the best day trips from Nibela Lake Lodge.
1. Birding at iSimangaliso Wetland Park (30 minutes away)
The False Bay Section of iSimangaliso Wetland Park is situated just 30 minutes-drive away from Nibela Lake Lodge. The park is a World Heritage Site and boasts one of South Africa’s only pink-backed pelican colonies.
Along the edge of the lake you can find Pink-throated Longclaws and a variety of other water birds including herons, egrets, jacana and snipe. Away from the water you also can see Southern Banded Snake-eagle, Broad-billed Roller, Green Coucal and the endemic Pink-throated Twinspot.
2. Hluhluwe Umfolozi (1hour 30 minutes away)
Situated 85km from Nibela, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve offers exceptional Big 5 game viewing. Leave for an early morning or late afternoon game viewing expedition for the best chance of seeing lots of birdlife and wildlife. Rhino and elephant are abundant at Hluhluwe, while cats and buffalo are more difficult to see.
The park fees are R80 per person for a self-drive on tar roads, and a guided game drive- usually from 10h00-13h00- will cost around R250 per person.
3. Diving at Sodwana Bay (1 hour 30 minutes away)
Sodwana Bay is a pristine diving location also about 85km from Nibela Lake Lodge. The Bay offers diving opportunities for all experience levels, as well as beautiful beaches and fishing spots.
Sodwana is also a great spot to stop and enjoy a meal at a local café or fisherman’s pub, where you’ll hear tall stories about the catch of the day.
If deep sea fishing is on your ‘to-do’ list, make sure to contact Janne at My Lading Fishing Charters on 082 458 7056.
4. Zulu Croc and Ilala Weavers Market (30 minutes away)
Zulu Croc and Ilala Weavers, just down the road from Nibela Lake Lodge, offer the perfect morning or afternoon outing from the lodge.
Zulu Croc offers fun-filled activities – especially for children – where you can come face-to-face with some fascinating reptiles and take a leisurely stroll around the park to see crocodiles and alligators from all over the world.
The Craft Village is where you want to head for stunning weave-work and souvenirs. Browse beautifully hand-woven baskets, traditional jewellery and interesting curios to take home for friends and family.
5. Big 5 at Cape Vidal Nature Reserve (1 hour 30 minutes away)
Cape Vidal Nature Reserve offers excellent game viewing and snorkelling opportunities at low tide along the coast of KwaZulu Natal. At Cape Vidal you can see buffalo and rhino on land one minute, and head in another direction to view whales and dolphins in the ocean at another.