Elephant Coast

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The Elephant Coast is one of South Africas most beautiful an

The Elephant Coast is one of South Africas most beautiful and unspoilt areas. This narrow strip of land approximately 200 kilometers long and just 70 kilometers wide is home to an incredible 21 different eco-systems. Dense evergreen forests of towering fig trees stand in a lush undergrowth of ferns and wild orchids hanging from the trees. Palm savannahs with thousands of wild date and lala palms dot the white sand of the undulating landscape. Swamp forests with large raffias and tangled masses of greenery that are home to myriads of exquisite birds and behind them mountainous sand dunes that appear to shift with the sighing of gentle winds.

Few areas in Africa have the incredible diversity of fresh water eco-systems found here. There are major rivers, broad flood plains, large coastal lagoons, deep clear coastal lakes, extensive papyrus swamps and small semi-permanent pans. Hippo crocodiles and small game can still be found in the wild and a phenomenal number of bird species abound. There is a wide variety of flora, with well over 2000 plant species, many of which are endemic to the elephant Coast.

The Elephant Coast is bound in the north west by the Ubombo Mountains, in the East by the warm Indian Ocean and in the south by the Umfolozi River just below the St. Lucia Estuary which is part of a World Heritage site. The area is steeped in history and there are a number of paleantological sites of scientific importance.

The Elephant Coast is a perfect destination for all ages and has something for everyone. There are dozens of game reserves, beautiful beaches, deep sea fishing and diving on a number of reefs, mountain trails, cultural activities and a number of historical sites. This is one of the few destinations where a visitor can see the big 5 at a game reserve and within a short half hours drive be able to watch dolphins and whales. There is a variety of excellent accommodation to suit every pocket and a holiday to the Elephant Coast will be enjoyed by everyone from adventure lovers to those who just want to escape to the bush and commune with nature.

Elephant, rhino, The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, Hluhluwe, Umfolozi, Tembe, Ndumu, Maputaland, Kosi Bay, Sodwana, whales and turtles are some of the terms associated with this eco-tourism mecca the Elephant Coast of the Zulu Kingdom.


Accommodation in and around Elephant Coast

Bushwillow    accommodation in Elephant Coast
Description & Location:Bushwillow is a stylish, unique bush lodge, situated in 170 hectares of beautiful indigenous sand forest. The lodge is fully serviced and offers a bush experience where the only disturbance will be that of the game visiting... More

KwaZulu Private Game Reserve - Aberfeldy Lodge    accommodation in Elephant Coast
Kwazulu Private Game Reserve is a place of splendour in Northern Kwazulu Natal, once home to Zulu kings Shaka and Dingaan. Comprising 15,000 hectares of unspoilt bushveld, from savannah grasslands to steep cliffs and towering canyons in the mountain... More

Abu Madi Game Ranch    accommodation in Elephant Coast
The privately owned reserve is a part of a great Zululand Rhino Reserve. This large, newly created area of 20 thousand hectares of pristine bush is a sanctuary for black rhino and home to most of the Big 5 in addit... More

Kosi Forest Lodge    accommodation in Elephant Coast
Kosi Forest Lodge is the only private lodge in the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve – an unspoilt wilderness that is part of the Isimangaliso (formerly Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park, now internationally recognised as a World Heritage Site. The 16-bed l... More

Pumalanga Nature Reserve    accommodation in Elephant Coast
Pumalanga Nature Reserve is situated on the brink of Maputoland in the southern foothills of the Lebombo mountain range, bordering the well-known Mkuzi Game Reserve in the north and the Phinda Reserve in the south. We are part of the Great St. Luci... More

Malala Lodge & Safaris    accommodation in Elephant Coast
Malala Lodge offers you, the discerning visitor, true "Old World" hospitality set within the splendour of untamed Africa. This owner-managed lodge, which nestles amongst tranquil sand forest, abundant Lala Palms, rolling grasslands and thri... More

The Ridge Guest House    accommodation in Elephant Coast
This premier Guest House was opened in June 1997 and boasts 14 superbly appointed luxury en-suite double rooms. Twelve ground floor rooms which lead out onto the pool area, and two rooms on the second floor which offer the most breathtaking views. Al... More

La Rochelle Inn    accommodation in Elephant Coast
Be welcome to relax in 3-star graded elegant en-suite, airconditioned rooms around two swimming pools. Secure inside parking with remote control gates, DSTV in all the rooms. Fully licensed. Full English breakfast. Coffee and tea facilities in rooms.... More

Mbazwana Inn    accommodation in Elephant Coast
All room ensuite with television and telephone (DSTV); 24hours security; bar and restaurant facilities; 10min drive to be sea, excellent for diving; 1 hour drive to Hluhluwe game reserve; 45minutes drive to Mozambique Border gate; conference venue, 1... More

La Mer Lodge    accommodation in Elephant Coast
La Mer Lodge offers comfortable B & B accommodation located on the KwaZuluNatal North Coast in the quiet Richards Bay suburb of Arboretum Extension. It is only 1km from the CBD and also very close to the beach and waterfront (approx. 5 minutes dr... More

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