Pisces Diving Camp
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Pisces Dive Charter is a personalised private dive operation operating in Sodwana Bay.
Due to the charter being owner run, professional service of the highest quality is guaranteed with safety as our most important priority.
Sodwana Bay is situated in Zululand, the place of the people of the heavens.
Situated on the east coast of Southern Africa, it forms the northern portion of KwaZulu-Natal, one of the nine provinces of South Africa. This stretch of the African continent is a land of diversely exquisite beauty.
The coastline stretches some three hundred and fifty kilometres from the mouth of the mighty Tugela River in the south to the Mozambique border in the north.
The golden eastern shores are caressed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and include endless unspoilt beaches and coastal conservation areas, and incorporate the largest estuarine system in Southern Africa.
Sodwana Bay is incorporated in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which is South Africa’s third largest park.
The rich resource endowment of the IWP was recently recognised when the St Lucia Wetlands became South Africa’s first inscription on the World Heritage List.
COMMON DIVE SITES AND INFORMATION:
Sodwana Bay has five main reefs, which are the most predominantly dived reefs in the area for the average casual diver, namely: Quarter-mile, Two-mile, Four/Five-mile, Seven-mile & Nine-mile reefs. They are named as such for their distances from Jesser Point.
All launches are from a semi-rigid boat, which caters for eleven divers per dive.
Divers meet at our gazebo on the beach where the kitting up and dive briefings take place.
Dolphins and Whales:
On the boat trips to and from the dive sites you may see dolphins, whale sharks or during winter, humpback whales. The humpback whales stay close to the continental shelf on their migration from Antarctic to Mozambique for calving every winter. Late in July is usually the peak of their northward migration.
Though little is known about the movements of whale sharks, they seem to migrate to the Maputaland coastline during summer. The gentle giants feed on plankton, taking in water through their huge mouths and filtering out the particles with their gill-rakers. They are often found behind back line at Jesser Point.
Pisces Retreat consists of the following:
• Two double rooms (Double bed, double sleeper couch, fridge, fan and kettle)
• Twenty two-sleeper dome tents (3m x 3m with rain covers and mattresses)
• A large communal kitchen facility (Fully equipped with; fridges, freezers, stoves, crockery, cutlery, utensils, pots & pans, tables & chairs)
• A large beautifully renovated communal ablution (8 x showers, 8 x toilets, 8 x basins, 1 x bath in ladies section with outside showers to rinse off gear and yourself after a day on the beach)
The camp is fully serviced both day & night, and fires are made each evening for you to cook over, or to just enjoy at the end of a day’s actrivities.
The camp is situated just outside of the KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Camp.
The self-catering luxury lodges are situated at Sodwana Bay Lodge.
They range from six-sleepers to a twelve-sleeper. The lodges are fully equipped and are situated overlooking Lake Shazibe and dense coastal vegetation.
The lodges a fully equipped and are serviced each day.
The facilities at the Lodge include:
• Two swimming pools
• Jungle gyms for the kids
• Two pubs with satellite for sports-viewing
• Laundry facilities
The following activities are available by booking through Pisces Dive Charter:
The bike rides take place in the Mbazwana State Forest, an area of natural beauty. There are many challenging routes to please even the avid riders.
Fishing trips on fully rigged deep-sea fishing boats are arranged with professionals for your enjoyment. Full day and half-day excursions can be arranged. The boats can cater for four & six fishermen respectively.
The snorkelling trips are a wonderful experience for the non-diver to enjoy the beauty of our incredible ocean life. The snorkelers are taken out to sea on a dive-boat where they can snorkel over the coral reefs at their leisure; there is often a great chance that an encounter with dolphins and whales is possible.
Flights are available over both the ocean where you can view the coast and marine life from up high or over Lake Sibaya where hippo’s and crocodiles roam freely. The flights are approx. ½ hour
There are two favourite places to enjoy sundowners as the day draws to a close. Lake Mgoboseleni and Lake Sibaya both offer magnificent views. Lake Mgoboseleni offers views over the lake as well as the ocean in the distance. The lake is close to Sodwana bay and can also be reached by a hiking trail, which starts at the KZN-Wildlife reception. Lake Sibaya is the largest freshwater lake in the southern Africa. The beauty of the Lake at sunset is breathtaking. It is a popular site to spend the day, to stop over via 9-mile or to go for sundowners. Hippo, crocodile and a numbers of water bird species call the Lake home.
A variety of accommodation from camping to luxury lodges, Petrol stations, Shops, Medical facilities, Surf Shops, Curio Shop, Pubs and Restaurants.
Mbazwana (the nearest town) has developed over the years and now boasts a “shopping centre” with a Spar, OK, Capitec Bank, Pep Stores etc, which is convenient for all visitors to the area. Tourists no longer need to be well stocked when they arrive in Sodwana Bay, and can now purchase all their groceries whilst on holiday.
For those visitors who have not been to Sodwana Bay in a while, you no longer need a 4 x 4 to access the area. We are pleased to inform you that we now have the comfort of a tar road from Hluhluwe (which is accessed from the N2) to the beach at Sodwana Bay!