Nature & Activities

Crystal clear swimming bays, gorgeous snorkelling reefs, coastal forests, soft sandy beaches, grasslands, bush and shimmering lakes make this an unforgettable retreat. It is the ideal place to discover one of the last unspoilt and undeveloped wilderness beaches left on the African continent.

Mabidi scuba diving and snorkeling


Mabibi offers superb snorkelling opportunities with a great diversity of underwater seascapes and marine flora and fauna. The shallow reefs along this protected stretch of coastline are home to an array of brilliant sub-tropical fish including Moorish idols, parrotfish and blue surgeons. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean make this the ideal spot to snorkel or guests can simply soak up the sun and savour the tranquillity of this pristine, sandy beach.Guests must please note that they will need to bring their own snorkelling equipment and that snorkelling at Mabibi is hugely tide dependent, so it can only be done during low tide.


The Maputuland coastline is renowned as one of South Africa’s most popular fishing destinations. Guests can try their hand at surf fishing or fly-fishing. Hulley Point at Mabibi, is a well-known fly-fishing spot. The enthusiastic angler can experience the thrill of bagging the catch of a lifetime from these brilliant waters.

Mabidi fishing

We Encourage Guests To “Catch & Release”

Please obtain fishing permits from your nearest post office as they are not available at Mabibi Beach Camp. The closest place to obtain a fishing permit is at Manzengwenya Ranger Station. The fine for not having a permit is R1000.00 (Please have the permit on you while you are fishing.) iSimangaliso Wetland Park does not permit any launching of any water vessel/craft off Mabibi Beach.

Mabidi turtle tours

Turtle tours

There are a number of different turtles found off the coast of Maputuland but only two of these lay their eggs on the Maputuland coast: the leatherback and loggerhead turtles. Mabibi Beach Camp is the perfect place to experience these magical creatures up close. Turtles cannot be disturbed during turtle nesting season There are local, knowledgeable guides who can assist with turtle tours, disturbed. Please contact the camp office for tour details.


A variety of habitats from the coast, coastal dune forests, sand forests, grasslands, vlei and inland open water make birding around Mabibi a truly unique experience. Some local specialities to look out for include the African Broadbill, Green Malkoha, Rosy-Throated Longclaw, Pink-Throated Twinspot and Grey Waxbill. A birding guide can be arranged at the camp office.

Mabidi Sel-catering
Mabidi Sel-catering

Mabibi Community Visits

The neighbouring Mabibi community is a rural community who own Mabibi Beach Camp. The office at the camp can arrange tours which allow you to visit the local school, learn about traditional plant medicines, see a witch doctor or have a beer at the local shebeen. Community visits are subject to availability of these activities

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving on some of the most pristine coral reefs off the Mabibi coast in the iSimangaliso wetland park can be arranged. This takes place at a nearby lodge. The scuba diving is subject to space availability and weather conditions. Please inquire at the campsite office for more information. This activity cannot be pre-booked.

Mabidi Scuba diving

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