Triton Dive Lodge

Welcome to the wonderful world of Sodwana Bay!

If you are looking for something to do on a day that you are not scuba diving in Sodwana Bay or planning your holiday in South Africa and want to fill up your days we offer a range of day trips and safari's through Timm Blue Conservation.

LAKE SIBAYA – 20 KM:

 Lake Sibaya is the perfect spot for a private barbecue and to watch hippos and crocodiles, an iconic sunset over southern Africa's largest fresh water lake.  Sibaya means Kraal that holds in the sea cows.

Sundowners R350 pp minimum 2 people includes snacks and non-alcoholic beverages (1500-1800)

Picnic/ Braai R450 pp – minimum 2 people – plse bring own drinks/snacks (0800-1400)

MABIBI BEACH – 30 KM:

Situated in the iSimangeliso Wetland Park, 9 mile beach is accessible by 4x4 only.

Enjoy a South African braai of Boereworst Rolls and non alcoholic beverages under the shade of the beautiful casuarina forest

Day Trip R500 pp minimum 2 persons (0800-1400)

9 MILE BEACH – 25 KM:

Situated in the iSimangeliso Wetland Park, Mabibi is a large, immaculate and untouched beach, surrounded by a jungle of greenery. The water is warm and popular activities are scuba diving as well as snorkelling.

Day Trip R450 min 2 people - plse bring own drinks/snacks (0800-1400)

SUNDOWNERS AT MNGOBOSILENI

MNGOBOSILENI is a popular spot with the locals to watch the sunset.  From this viewpoint you can see the Indian Ocean behind the lake and watch the sunset over the rural African landscape

Day Trip R150 pp minimum 2 people (2 hours) – bring your own beverages

 

KOSI BAY LAKES – FULL DAY TOUR

R1 500 pp minimum 4 persons / kids under 12 yrs R1 300 pp

90kms (10 hours) - Includes packed lunch and snorkel gear

Transfer to Kosi Bay and depart from the jetty at 0900 for a full day cruising the 3 lakes looking at fish traps, hippos and mangroves.  Time will be spent snorkelling in the crystal clear water.  There are various secluded spots to stop for a packed lunch on the way to the mooring at Banga Nek. After a delicious packed lunch we take a short walk over the forested dune to the beach and spend an hour or two swimming in the bay or exploring the rocky point and dune forest. After everyone has had their fill of sun, sea and sand we walk back to the boat and cross over 3rd lake to our mooring at the Parks Board launch site, usually by around 5pm.

KOSI BAY LAKES - HALF DAY TOUR

Minimum 4 persons @ R1 250 pp / kids under 12 yrs R1 000 pp.  6hours             

(Includes packed lunch and snorkel gear)

Transfer to Kosi Bay and depart from the jetty at 0900 for a half day cruising the 3 lakes looking at fish traps, hippos and mangroves.  Time will be spend snorkelling in the crystal clear water.       

MKUZE GAME RESERVE - 70KM - (10 HOURS):

 

40 000 hectare Game Reserve world renowned for its birding possibilities. Mkuze Game Reserve offers some incredible game viewing while within the reserve however it is the Birding that makes this game reserve so unique. Various animal species that may be found in the Mkuze Reserve include White and Black Rhino, Leopard, Elephant, Giraffe, Nyala, Wildebeest and much more. Rare species include Cheetah, Wild Dog and Hyenas.

magnificent canopy of giant sycamore figs, the oldest of which is estimated at 450 years old and up into the canopies on walkways to get a birds eye view.   The silence of the forest is broken by a multitude of bird calls typified by the wail of Trumpeter Hornbills, while special sightings have included the Pels Fishing Owl, the African Broadbill and the Blue Mantled Flycatcher.

 

HLUHLUWE GAME PARK

 

1,500 white rhino and 360 black rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion and leopard, blue wildebeest, zebra, giraffe water-buck, nyala, kudu, bushbuck, warthog, cheetah, hyena and 23,000 impala and 300 species of birds have been recorded. With 96000 hectares to explore we travel within the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa. The reserve world renowned for its conservation of Black and White Rhino.

 

CROCODILE AND REPTILE PARK AT HLUHLUWE AND TRADITIONAL ZULU VILLAGE - 70KM:

 4 people @ R950 pp / minimum 2 people @ R1250 pp

(Includes entrance fees, packed lunch or braai and refreshments)                                               Departs @ 0900 am (+-8 hours)

Zulu Croc offers crocodile and snake experience. It is bringing these fascination creatures up close and personal and allowing you to actually feel and touch some of the world´s most feared reptiles.  Join a morning show at the croc farm. 

 

ST LUCIA TOWN TRIP

4 people @ R1350 pp / minimum 2 people @ R1800 pp (8hours)                                            

 (Includes river safari cruise and refreshments – excludes lunch which can be enjoyed at one of the many restaurants in St Lucia)

Discover, Witness and Observe Hippo's, Nile Crocodiles and Hundreds of bird species on the Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise while in St Lucia. This 2 hour Boat Cruise Safari gets you close up to the residents of the estuary.

Travel aboard one of the 15 seater vessels with experienced and knowledgeable skippers/ rangers. They will undoubtedly answer every question that you might have, and furnish you with some incredible facts and information on the area.

Departs @ 0700

 

SCENIC GAME VIEWING CRUISE / TIGER FISHING

Minimum 3 people @ R1 300 pp

Unique big game viewing from the water on Jozini Dam.  The big four can be spotted if you are lucky on the shores of the lake.

Lake Jozini sprawls itself across the Maputuland in Kwazulu Natal at the foot of the Lebombo mountain ranges. Built as a dam in 1972 to be used as a holding reservoir for the water desperately needed to irrigate the surrounding areas, the dam has become a popular destination for angling enthusiasts in search of the ultimate freshwater fishing experience.

Includes packed lunch and alcoholic beverages

Departs 0500 - 1700

 

 

 

 

As well as having the best diving in the planet we offer many other activities to keep you busy during your stay with us.

Why not learn to surf?  We offer surf lessons for the beginner and board rental for the more experienced surfer.  Our bay has perfect waves for both.  Contact our office for prices and to schedule your lessons.

A stunning scenic drive away is Lake Sibaya, South Africa's second largest freshwater lake with a mighty 70 square km surface area!  Sibaya roughly translated means fence that holds the cows in - Hippos being sea cows.  There are many diverse plant species here and plenty of wildlife and birds for you to see.  Amongst the dune forest there is a magnificent Ficus Bubu for all the tree lovers.  We like to take a cooler box and go for sundowners on the shores or on a no dive day we may spend the day there and braai.  Join our Triton family and jump on one of our cruisers for this awesome  Sodwana experience.

Closer by we have Lake Mngobosileni which is a popular spot with the locals to watch the sunset.  From this viewpoint you can see the Indian Ocean behind the lake and watch the sunset over the rural African landscape, just ask us and we will happily take you for sundowners.

Quad Biking - Take an exhilarating guided tour through the breathtaking rural countryside to the shores of Lake Sibaya.  

Whale Watching - (seasonal)   In winter (June - October) we have several species of whales regularly passing by on their annual migrations.  The most common whales to pass our shores are the humpbacks travelling to tropical waters to give birth and then back to the Antarctic to feed.  From the shore or our dive boats you can see them giving spectacular displays of breaching esepcially  the playful calves.

​Turtle Tours - (seasonal)  In summer (November - May) you have the unique chance to see the ancient nesting rituals of Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles, these two species nest along our coastline and into Southern Mozambique   The turtle research centre in Bhanga Nek within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and close to the border of Mozambique is the oldest turtle monitoring project in the world. 

Sodwana Spa - Feel like pampering yourself?  The spa offers a huge range of top to toe beauty and relaxation treatments, perfect for after your days diving.

Musi Pans - guided birding walks and kayaking on the lake.

Microlight Flips over Sodwana Bay

Usefull Contact Numbers

  • Leatherbacks Restaurant – 035 571 0043
  • Mseni Lodge Restaurant – 035 571 0286
  • Ngunis Restaurant – 083 684 3980
  • The Lighthouse Restaurant - 083 471 0868
  • Micro light airstrip co-ordinates S27 31 552 / E32 38 741
  • Micro light hangaring available - CAA approval no: CAA/0169
  • Sodwana Flying services – Francios Burger 072 211 6662
  • Hluhluwe – S28 00 800 / E32 16 500 – Grass strip.
  • Manzengwenya – S27 16 000 / E32 45 000 – Tarred strip.
  • Mkuze – S27 38 000 / S32 03 000 – Tarred strip.
  • Magnum Charters – Regard Scott 082 575 7797
  • KZN Wildlife, Sodwana Bay: 035 571 0051/2/3
  • Msleni Hospital: 035 574 1004
  • Alpha Security: 035 562 1911

 

As well as having the best diving in the planet we offer many other activities to keep you busy during your stay with us.

Why not learn to surf?  We offer surf lessons for the beginner and board rental for the more experienced surfer.  Our bay has perfect waves for both.  Contact our office for prices and to schedule your lessons.

A stunning scenic drive away is Lake Sibaya, South Africa's second largest freshwater lake with a mighty 70 square km surface area!  Sibaya roughly translated means fence that holds the cows in - Hippos being sea cows.  There are many diverse plant species here and plenty of wildlife and birds for you to see.  Amongst the dune forest there is a magnificent Ficus Bubu for all the tree lovers.  We like to take a cooler box and go for sundowners on the shores or on a no dive day we may spend the day there and braai.  Join our Triton family and jump on one of our cruisers for this awesome  Sodwana experience.

Closer by we have Lake Mngobosileni which is a popular spot with the locals to watch the sunset.  From this viewpoint you can see the Indian Ocean behind the lake and watch the sunset over the rural African landscape, just ask us and we will happily take you for sundowners.

Quad Biking - Take an exhilarating guided tour through the breathtaking rural countryside to the shores of Lake Sibaya.  

Whale Watching - (seasonal)   In winter (June - October) we have several species of whales regularly passing by on their annual migrations.  The most common whales to pass our shores are the humpbacks travelling to tropical waters to give birth and then back to the Antarctic to feed.  From the shore or our dive boats you can see them giving spectacular displays of breaching esepcially  the playful calves.

​Turtle Tours - (seasonal)  In summer (November - May) you have the unique chance to see the ancient nesting rituals of Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles, these two species nest along our coastline and into Southern Mozambique   The turtle research centre in Bhanga Nek within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and close to the border of Mozambique is the oldest turtle monitoring project in the world. 

Sodwana Spa - Feel like pampering yourself?  The spa offers a huge range of top to toe beauty and relaxation treatments, perfect for after your days diving.

Musi Pans - guided birding walks and kayaking on the lake.

Microlight Flips over Sodwana Bay

Timm Blue Conservation Day Trips and Safaris - At Triton we offer a variety of sundown trips, safari tours, Fishing and Boat Excursions to both Jozini and the Kozi Bay Lakes.  Download our price list here to plan your day trips with us.

Usefull Contact Numbers

  • Leatherbacks Restaurant – 035 571 0043
  • Mseni Lodge Restaurant – 035 571 0286
  • Ngunis Restaurant – 
  • The Lighthouse Restaurant - 083 471 0868
  • The Tree Pub and Restaurant - 
  • Micro light airstrip co-ordinates S27 31 552 / E32 38 741
  • Micro light hangaring available - CAA approval no: CAA/0169
  • Sodwana Flying services – Francios Burger 072 211 6662
  • Hluhluwe – S28 00 800 / E32 16 500 – Grass strip.
  • Manzengwenya – S27 16 000 / E32 45 000 – Tarred strip.
  • Mkuze – S27 38 000 / S32 03 000 – Tarred strip.
  • Magnum Charters – Regard Scott 082 575 7797
  • Last Round Fishing Charters – Jan Schutte (Plankies) 083 957 3430
  • KZN Wildlife, Sodwana Bay: 035 571 0051/2/3
  • Msleni Hospital: 035 574 1004
  • Alpha Security: 035 562 1911

 

Coelacanth Discovery by Triton Dive Charters 1998 - 2020

On 28 October 2000, Pieter Venter, Peter Timm and Etienne le Roux were near the end of an eight-minute Trimix training dive to 104 metres in the Jesser Canyon at Sodwana Bay, in the St Lucia Marine Reserve on the northeast coast of South Africa. As they were about to ascend, Venter saw a large, pinkish eye reflecting the beam of his underwater light. He approached and, underneath an overhang, he saw a fish some two metres long. Within a few seconds he realized, to his astonishment, that the pale blue fish with its unusual lobed fins was a coelacanth. He summoned Timm, and there appeared to be two more coelacanths.

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Memberships




  • DAN Safety Partner
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  • CMAS-ISA
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  • Elephant Coast Tourism
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  • South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative
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  • Sodwana Bay Dive Industry Association
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  • Sharklife
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  • Tourism Kwazulu natal
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The incidence of malaria in our area has been significantly reduced as result of multiple ongoing anti malaria campaigns.

Precautions against malaria particularly between October and May are optional. Advice on the most suitable preventative medication can be obtained from pharmacies and travel clinics. We find that peaceful sleep spray is the most effective deterrent and recommend its use during the evenings.

 

Tembe Elephant Park

Tembe Elephant park is a big five park and is home to 150 elephants in seven breeding herds.  The gate times in the summer 1 Oct - 31 Mar opens at 0500 and closes at 1900.  During the winter, 1 Apr - 30 Sept, 0600 to 1800.  The Tembe Elephant Park is 62 kms from Triton.

Contact no:  031 267 0144


Ndumo Game Reserve

 

Ndumo Game Reserve is known for its birding with 420 recorded bird species. Hundreds of majestic fever trees grow along the edges of the pans where hundreds of crocodiles bask in the sun. Gate times during summer 1 Oct – 31 Mar are 0500 to 1900. During winter 1 Apr – 30 Sept, 0600 – 1800. The Ndumo Game Reserve is 118 kms from Triton.

Contact no: 035 591 1042

 

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park

 

Hluhluwe Umflozi Park has entrances both in Mtubatuba and Hluhluwe, is also a big five park and is a must to see. Entering at the Mtuba gate and exiting through the Hluhluwe gate or vice versa provides an excellent alternative to driving along the monotonous N2. Gate times in summer 1 Nov – 30 Feb open at 0500 and close at 1900. During winter 1 Mar – 31 Oct, 

Contact No: 033 845 1000

Mkuze Game Reserve

 

Things to see in the Mkuze Game Reserve include a guided sycamore fig forest walk, Hippos in the Nsumo Pan and fantastic hides such as kwaMalibala and kuMasinga. En-route from the Mkuze park to Triton you will pass the Muzi Pans where you will find two bird guides by the names of Themba and Nkosi who will take you on a guided canoe trip to search for the Pels Fishing Owl, this is an experience not to be missed.

Driving from the N2 through the Mkuze Park to Sodwana Bay provides an interesting alternative route to Triton. Gate times in summer 1 Oct – 31 Mar, open at 0500 and close at 1900. During winter 1 Apr – 30 Sept, 0600 – 1800. Mkuze Game Reserve is 40 kms from Triton and Muzi Pan is 28 kms.

Contact no: 033 845 1000

 

Sodwana Bay

The Agulhas current brings warm clear water to the east coast of South Africa where corals have colonised submerged fossil dunes and rocky platforms in a series of reefs from Cape Vidal in northern KwaZulu-Natal into southern Mozambique. Sodwana Bay in the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, a world heritage site, has several accessible reef complexes. This is a summer rainfall area (average annual rainfall 1100 mm) with a subtropical climate, summers are hot and winters mild. The average water temperature in summer is 26.4°C and in winter the mean water temperature is 22.4°C .

 

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