The tiny coastal village of Trafalgar is situated about 150 km South of Durban, on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
The main beach has world class Blue Flag status and is great for surfing and swimming. When the conditions allow, the rocky reef just offshore, provides an excellent spot for snorkeling, where you will find fossilised remains of shellfish, various fish species, plant material and petrified wood. These 90 million year old fossil beds are located a short distance from the shoreline, so that at low tide it is possible for visitors to walk out and examine these ancient remains.
The Trafalgar Marine Reserve is a small area extending for 6km along the coast and 500m offshore. The area incorporates the 190ha Mpenjati Nature Reserve.
The mysterious Black Lake is hidden away in the lush green indigenous forest of the Yengele Dune Forest, only a few meters away from the shoreline. It is rumoured that the lake is 45m at the deepest point and is the closest freshwater lake to the sea on the entire KZN coastline.
The source of the lake starts high up in the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho and runs underground till it reaches the Black Lake where it then filters through the sand dunes into the sea. The lake is home to some interesting fishing, where you can catch either Big Mouth Black Bass or Tilapia.
There is now a small dam available for recreational fishing as well. Listen out for the call of the Fish Eagle.