Lake Sibaya

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA Criteria met: A4iii (1998)
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Area: 7,759 ha

BirdLife South Africa
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 very high very unfavourable high
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Site summary
Situated 165 km north of Richards Bay, Lake Sibaya is a freshwater coastal lake on the seaward margin of the Moçambique coastal plain. It is the largest natural freshwater lake in South Africa and is fed only by minor streams; most of its water is supplied by seepage. The lake occasionally holds more than 20 000 waterfowl, including many locally rare and threatened species.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Sibaya. Downloaded from on 03/10/2022.