It’s so remote you go by boat: Nibela Lake Lodge operates exclusive ferry service across False Bay

JOHANNESBURG, 13 June 2022 – Nibela Lake Lodge is now operating an exclusive new ferry service to and from False Bay – the widest section of Lake St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal.

Overlooking the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nibela features charming timber chalets located within a lush, tranquil forest on the cusp of the estuary.

“Nibela stands as the only accommodation available on the Northern Banks of St Lucia, making it highly sought after by travellers seeking something unique and low-key,” says Gemma Linforth, General Manager, Nibela Lake Lodge.

“The introduction of our ferry service not only cuts the travel time to our lodge by over an hour, but offers guests that idyllic island experience, elevating that feeling of romance, remoteness, and adventure.”

Adding to its exclusivity, she further highlights that Nibela is also the only lodge with a private concession allowed to utilise certain parts of Lake St Lucia that private boatmen are prohibited from accessing.

The Ferry departs from False Bay
Guests will enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Lake St. Lucia

The ferry departs daily from False Bay at 13h00. When checking out at Nibela, the ferry departs each morning promptly at 11h00, with the total travel time each way taking between 30-40 minutes. The cost per trip is R50 for adults and R25 for children under 12 years old, with kids under three riding for free.

Upon arriving at False Bay, guests can leave their car in a secure parking space before signing an indemnity form and boarding. Bookings are essential as the ferry is only equipped to transport a maximum of 10 guests at a time, with an additional luggage boat if required.

Linforth further notes how ferries were once the primary method of transport used before the road to Nibela Lake Lodge was graded: “In the past, visitors always arrived this way, and I still remember one of them remarking that it’s so remote you go by boat! The addition of our ferry service brings back that happy nostalgia whilst creating a completely new experience for our guests.”

Travellers staying in the surrounding Hluhluwe area can also make use of the ferry to visit Nibela for the day to enjoy lunch, dabble in a few cocktails, or access the spa. “Day visitors can also take part in our fishing excursions, birdwatching, and game viewing cruises to catch a glimpse of hippo, rhino, elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, and other safari specials along the shore,” she adds.

Entry into False Bay itself carries an additional fee, which guests can enquire about directly with the Lodge. This pricing is stipulated as per the iSimangaliso Wetland Park authorities.

“Should guests wish to schedule a ferry at a different time, or request an additional ride on the same day, this can often be accommodated at an additional charge,” Linforth adds. “If weather concerns arise, guests will be transported to and from False Bay in a vehicle to ensure maximum safety,” she concludes.

For enquiries and reservations, contact Nibela Lake Lodge directly at: +27 (0) 35 562 9005 or email:

Guests are greeted upon arrival at the lodge