Crafters Lodge

Crafters Lodge is designed for privacy and comfort. This small secure complex offers simple living ideally suited to the Sodwana Bay environment. Comfortable outdoor living space is set in a charming rural surrounding.

Where we are

Crafters Lodge lies in the heart of Sodwana Bay village adjoining the Isimangaliso World Heritage Site. Within 40 km reach of four of Kwazulu Natal's major Game Reserves and 80 km from Hluhluwe.
Crafters Lodge is situated 1.7 km from the beach at Sodwana Bay by line of sight and a mere 7 minutes by road.

What we offer

Crafters Lodge offers individual cottages which nestle in the natural bush.
The look and feel of Crafters Lodge is ideally suited to the climate, with cool screed floors embellished with natural, locally made mats, simple furnishing in a colour palette reminiscence of both the sea and bush.
Home comforts include :

  • Air-conditioning
  • DStv
  • Individual braai facilities
  • Fenced swimming Pool
  • Security
  • Parking
  • Bath towels
  • Laundry service (please enquire)

Beach Access

Beach access is through the main Parks Board Gates, controlled by Isimangaliso Wetland Parks. A fee of per adult is levied to access the beach.
A Golden Rhino Card can be bought which gives unlimited access to all of the KZN Game Reserves and Parks, with a nominal levi charge at the Sodwana Bay beach gate daily.
There is secure parking behind the world's highest forested dune, and a unique 4 x 4 access onto the inter-tidal zone, such that people wanting privacy can travel for 4 km up the beach (on a daily permit basis)

Things to do

  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Beaching
  • Quad Biking
  • Deep sea Fishing
  • Game Parks
  • Craft exploration (market & weaving)
  • Eat out
  • Shopping


Northern Kwa Zulu Natal has a warm tropical climate with summer rains from October to April and dry warm winters from May to September. Temperatures range from 21 degrees to 34 degrees in mid-summer.
Sunscreen is a must here year-round. Northern KZN is listed as a malarial area, and visitors are advised to use insect repellent after dusk.

The Rural People

Northern KZN is underdeveloped and has a large rural population. The rural families living here build their homes and invest their incomes earned in the major towns in family-owned plots. Each plot is generally 50m by 50m, and all the spare family cash goes into construction and upgrading of houses in the area. Half-built houses are the norm in Northern rural KZN. Life here is simple, and many families rely on DSTV for entertainment, and cellular phones for communication. Crime is low, and tourists are welcomed.


Bookings are only confirmed after receipt of the deposit, and only electronic payments can be processed. Our friendly staff will hand you your keys upon arrival.
Please do add your comments to our visitors book on your departure, we would love to hear your feedback.