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About South Africa - Elephant Coast

A place of natural beauty and diverse marine life, the Elephant Coast along the northern stretches of KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa comprises the continent’s oldest game reserve, pristine beaches with ancient dune systems along a... Show more

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Umfolozi River Lodge & Bird Park

Bed and Breakfast in Mtubatuba

Situated on 13 hectares of lush forested hillside overlooking the Umfolozi flood plain and bordering on a private gam...

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R730.0

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Zululand Tree Lodge

Game Lodge in Hluhluwe

Zululand Tree Lodge has 18 Standard rooms & 2 Executive rooms. These luxuriously furnished wood cabins are set high u...

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R1940.0

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Perna Perna St Lucia

Apartment in St Lucia

Perna Perna is the perfect place to come to rest, relax and rejuvenate. These two and three bedroom apartments all ha...

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Monzi Safari Lodge

Game Lodge in St Lucia

The property currently consists of three log cabins. Two are 3 bedroom units and 1 is a 2 bedroom unit.

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Little Eden St Lucia

Apartment in St Lucia

Little Eden St Lucia is a 4 Star Establishment who offers Up Market and Beautifully Decorated Self Catering Accommoda...

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Maputaland Guest House

Guest House in St Lucia

A family owned and run Bed & Breakfast, we offer Air-conditioned en-suite rooms, decorated with a true African atmosp...

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R750.0

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The Palms Holiday Flats

Self Catering in St Lucia

St Lucia Palms is in the heart of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, the first World Heritage Site in South Africa. S...

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R575.0

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Rhino River Lodge

Cottage in Hluhluwe

Our lodge offers guests comfortable and attractive accommodation. The log cabins are ideally suited to families and s...

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Forest Villas

Bed and Breakfast in St Lucia

Forest Villas is an upmarket Lodge which will be opening its doors in 2017 in the town of St Lucia, iSimangaliso worl...

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R910.0

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Pelican's Nest Holiday Home St Lucia

Holiday Home in St Lucia

Pelican's nest St Lucia is a beautifully decorated, spacious, comfortable and relaxing, three bedroom, two bathroom, ...

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R1500.0

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Sunset Lodge Log Cabins

Self Catering in St Lucia

Our luxurius log cabins have decks on which you can sit and relax while you enjoy our famouse African sunsets as well...

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R795.0

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Hluhluwe Gate Safari Camp

Bed and Breakfast in Hluhluwe

Hluhluwe Gate Safari Camp has accommodation in four chalets, each sleeping 2 people. All the rooms have en-suite bath...

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Umlilo Lodge

Guest House in St Lucia

Our accommodation is compromised of 12 air conditioned en suite rooms all equipped with refrigerators, hair dryers, t...

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R1200.0

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Kingfisher Bush Lodge

Bed and Breakfast in Kosi Bay

Tented accommodation available with two options: Stay in our Luxury Tented Chalets with kitchenette and en-suite bat...

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R500.0

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Flamingo Holiday Flats

Self Catering in St Lucia

Self catering, fully equipped and fully serviced duplex flats. Upstairs has two bedrooms and one bathroom with bath a...

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R900.0

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Zululand Lodge

Bed and Breakfast in Hluhluwe

Zululand Lodge is a privately owned tented camp on the 800 hectare uKuwela wildlife conservancy north of Hluhluwe tow...

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R1470.0

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The Cane Cutter Estate

Self Catering in St Lucia

The Cane Cutter Estate Monzi is 17 km before St Lucia is just a few kilometres from the N2, on the North Coast of Nat...

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R250

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Lake St Lucia Lodge

Self Catering in St Lucia

NOTE : Free WI-FI available

Property overlooking the Estuary.

We do not serve any meals.

Walking distance from s...

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R810.0

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Ghost Mountain Inn

Game Lodge in Mkuze

This intimate and beautiful hotel is the ideal location from which to explore the array of wildlife and coastal reser...

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Beach House at 22

Chalet in St Lucia

Welcome to Beach House at 22. This fully furnished self-catering chalet is located in the secure Manzini Chalets comp...

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R900

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Leopard Walk Lodge

Game Lodge in Hluhluwe

Leopard Walk Lodge features 3 accommodation types. We have the Buffalo Thorn Rooms, Secrets of the Forest B and Secre...

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R540.0

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African Spirit Game Lodge

Game Lodge in Mkuze

The lodge is personally managed by the owners, Henk & Liezle Brink and is magnificently set in the heart of Zululand....

Swimming Pool
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R2650.0

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Hluhluwe Country Cottages

Cottage in Hluhluwe

The Hluhluwe Country Cottages portfolio comprises of one, two and three bedroom self-catering cottages in a secure co...

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R395

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Parkers Cottages

Bed and Breakfast in St Lucia

The fully en-suite guest cottages each have two bedrooms, air conditioning, secure parking and are fully serviced. Se...

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R800.0

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The Bridge Apartment 14

Apartment in St Lucia

The Bridge Apartments offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, and provides cable TV, daily cleaning service, laundry an...

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Monzi Safaris

Backpackers in St Lucia

Monzi Safaris Tented Camp offers luxury tented accommodation in St Lucia. There is an outdoor swimming pool and large...

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R670.0

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The Bridge Apartment 10

Apartment in St Lucia

The Bridge Apartments offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, and provides cable TV, daily cleaning service, laundry an...

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Hlulala Guest House

Bed and Breakfast in Hluhluwe

Every bedroom is carefully decorated with flair & style to make your feel at home. Six twin bedded en-suite rooms cre...

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R690.0

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15 The Bridge Holiday Resort

Apartment in St Lucia

The Bridge 15 is a lovely 3-bedroom self-catering unit located in a secure complex on the banks of the St Lucia Estua...

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Sandpiper Guest House

Guest House in St Lucia

We have 4 comfortable en-suites; air-conditioned double rooms and 1 family room. We got 1 standard double / twin roo...

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South Africa - Elephant Coast Reviews

Kathy Naylor
24 October 2018

Warm and friendly people in South Africa - Elephant Coast.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Anari de Wet
08 October 2018

It is a very beautiful part of SA.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Linda Westlake
27 August 2018

Whale watching and the numerous safaris we went on.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Nico Swart
27 August 2018

The lakes at Kosi Bay are awesome, did snorkeling in crystal clear water.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Bill Kruse
21 August 2018

Sodwana, Thembe Elephant Park and Cosy Bay.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Sandy Fourie
03 August 2018

The beauty of the bush and the beaches.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5

More info about South Africa - Elephant Coast

A place of natural beauty and diverse marine life, the Elephant Coast along the northern stretches of KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa comprises the continent’s oldest game reserve, pristine beaches with ancient dune systems along a vast tropical coastline, unique wetlands and tribal traditions.

A small settlement in the area is named Dukuduku, a Zulu word meaning ‘groping in the dark’ because of the thickness of bush and many wild animals, including large herds of elephants, in the area. This problem, along with flooding rivers and the threat of malaria and bilharzia are the likely reasons why the area remained unspoilt for so long. Today, the Elephant Coast attracts hordes of nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts and those seeking absolute solitude.  

The Elephant Coast is the ultimate location for holidaymakers wishing to combine a beach and bushveld getaway.

 

Top 8 reasons to visit the Elephant Coast

1. Take a night time tour along the beaches at Kosi Bay to watch the female loggerhead and leatherback turtles arrive in large numbers to lay their eggs in the dunes. This spectacle occurs between June and November and hatching happens 60 days later.

2. For Big 5 (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo) game viewing, visit the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Park, a UNESCO world heritage site where concerted efforts are being made to conserve the rhino.

3. Scuba divers flock to Sodwana Bay for excellent reef diving. From the brilliant, colourful macro life at the Bikini Reef System to Quarter Mile Reef bursting with sharks and rays, the reef variations here are practically endless.  

4. Purchase a colourful Zulu handcrafted basket or wood carving at Ilala Weavers. The site has a museum and a village where crafters can be seen showcasing skills handed down over the centuries.

5. Visit the fish kraals used by the local Thonga people in Kosi Bay to trap fish in the estuaries. Fish are corralled into a hand-woven basket suspended at the end of a reed funnel.

6. The coastline along the Elephant Coast is well suited for swimming, fishing and surfing with over 300 days of sunshine per year to spend on the unspoilt beaches and in the warm Indian Ocean. If you’re lucky, you might encounter dolphins to join you in a swim.

7. Take an exciting 3-hour guided kayak safari along the beautiful St Lucia Estuary. Be aware that the river mouth is infested with hippos and crocodiles! The area is renowned for its birdlife.

8. Immerse yourself in the Zulu culture at the Gooderson Dumazulu Lodge and Traditional Zulu Village in Hluhluwe. Watch the locals make traditional spears, shields and clay pots. While here, taste the Zulu beer and experience a reading from a Sangoma (witch doctor).

 

Transport

The nearest airport is King Shaka International Airport, between 200km and 300km from the Elephant Coast, depending on where you are located. Newcastle Airport is an alternate option. There are a number of airstrips in the area for incoming chartered flights, ask your host for more details. Car Rental agencies operate in most large cities. Collect a vehicle from the airport or you could order a rental online. There are no taxi services in the region, however, several tour operators offer shuttle services from the main centres to parts of the Elephant Coast.

 

Did you know?

In the past, many Zulu men would carry a knobkerrie, a type of hunting club made from wood with a knob at its end. Security guards on the late shift began decorating their knobkerrie using discarded coloured wire woven into beautiful patterns and today this tradition lives on, the knobkerrie now viewed as a treasured ornament rather than a hunting club.

There is a malaria risk in the extreme north of the Elephant Coast, take the necessary precautions before travelling into the area.