About Us

Ufudu Turtle Tours operates from Sodwana Bay, which is located on the Kwa-Zulu Natal coast of South Africa, between St. Lucia and Lake Sibhayi. Apart from being registered concessionaires with the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority, we are also the only operator permitted to conduct turtle tours in the area.

Our aim is to make the tourist and the general public aware of the plight of our endangered turtles and their struggle for survival. We also strive to give the tourist a “once in a lifetime experience”, while focusing on the importance of the preservation and conservation of our wildlife and the environment. We do beach drives in the evenings to see the loggerhead and leatherback turtles nest and hatch on our beaches and we also do game viewing excursions to the major “Big Five” game parks in the area.

Turtle Tours

Ufudu Turtle Tours operates within a world heritage site and we are governed by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority, with specific guidelines to preserve and conserve the environment while promoting tourism in the area. Peter Jacobs is an Honorary Wildlife Officer with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. We also operate two deep sea fishing charters, game drives and walking trails in the surrounding game parks, Lake Sibaya and within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Our tours last for approximately four hours and include an informative talk on the environment in general and sea turtles in particular. We serve tea, coffee, soft drinks, water and snacks along the way. Tours are conducted from an open game viewer but guests are required to walk short distances on the beach. We also cater for the disabled.

Our tour season runs from November to May every year and we offer beach drives around the low tide times and only in the evenings or late at night when the turtles emerge from the ocean to nest. Nesting season is usually from November to the end of February and the hatching season from the middle of January to the end of April each year. All nests are GPS marked to increase sightings of the hatchlings as they make their way back to the ocean.

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