Mabibi Camping Site
Mabibi is one of the beautiful and untouched beaches along the South African coast with some of the best snorkeling South Africa has to offer. The Mabibi campsite is situated at the edge of the dune forest and is the perfect base from which to explore the Mabibi area and also other places like Island Rock, Lala Nek and Black Rock. Camping facilities are good, with clean ablution facilities and shady camp sites. The Mabibi camping site is for people who want a holiday away from the crowds and enjoy the peace, tranquility and natural beauty of the Maputaland coast in KwaZulu Natal.
The Mabibi camp site does not have electricity, but there are flushing toilets with hot water showers. With only 10 camp sites available, the camping site is always quiet, even during Easter and Christmas, but because there are few camping sites, early booking is essential.
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General Information about Mabibi
Mabibi is situated 41km north of Sodwana Bay and 37 km south of the Mozambique border along the Maputaland coast and lies within the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, previously known as the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park. Mabibi is at the southern boundary of the Maputaland Turtle Sanctuary, where giant Loggerhead and Leatherback sea turtles come up onto the beaches each year to lay their eggs between November and February every year.
The campsite at Mabibi is accessible only by 4x4, but if you are booked in at the Thonga Beach Lodge (5 star), the lodge will arrange a transfer for you from 'Coastal Cashews' to Thonga Beach Lodge.
The main attractions and activities at Mabibi are snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing, and walking along untouched beaches. Snorkeling at Mabibi is good throughout the year, with clean warm water and a huge variety of fish and invertebrates in an inshore snorkeling area which is suited mainly to low tide snorkeling, with the far southern end of the bay offering more shelter when the tide is high or during neap tides.
Snorkeling conditions at Mabibi can be dangerous when the tide is not very low and you need to be aware of your position in the water at all times. There are local snorkeling guides who can show you the best snorkeling areas and advise you about the best time to snorkel.
Either have fun with a small dropshot rig in the shallower water in the Mabibi bay or get more serious and cast and retrieve plugs, spoons and Rapalas for Kingfish in the crystal clean water off the endless beaches and inshore reefs. Bait fishing is best at night with good catches of Red Snapper, Kingfish, Lantern fish and sharks. Bring a variety of fishing tackle for a range of different fishing techniques.
Deep sea fishing is not possible at Mabibi because the launching site is private and unfortunately for the use of the Thonga Beach lodge only. The Thonga Beach Lodge also offers scuba Diving for residents in the lodge.
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