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Also known as Maputaland, the KwaZulu Natal Elephant Coast which lies in the greater region of Zululand  extends from Lake St Lucia  all the way to Kosi Bay near the Mozambique border, and inland to the Lubombo Mountains. This coastline really is a hidden treasure, missed by many visitors to South Africa which is a great pity, although this...

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Ghost Mountain Inn

70 Bedrooms and 4 Luxury Suites
PPS from R 930
Special Deal

At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain lies the relaxed and welcoming Ghost Mountain Inn, a country hotel in the village of Mkuze on the Elephant Coast of Northern Kwazulu...


Makakatana Bay Lodge

5 Bush Chalets, 1 Honeymoon Chalet, 2 Family Chalets
PPS from R 4,640

An intimate, contemporary hideaway, Makakatana is the only privately owned lodge within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, Africa’s largest natural marine...


Thula Thula Private Game Reserve

Safari Lodge : 2 Suites, 6 Thatch Rooms. Tented Camp : 8 Safari Tents
Units from R 3,240

Family owned and operated, Thula Thula was home to the late Lawrence Anthony, conservationist and best selling author of 'The Elephant Whisperer'. Only two hours north of...


Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge

Hluhluwe area
8 Bush Villas, 2 Honeymoon Villas, 6 Family Rooms, 12 Safari Rooms
PPS from R 2,570

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is situated on the western boundary in the first private concession within Africa’s oldest proclaimed game reserve, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Experience...

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Thonga Beach Lodge

8 Chalets, 1 Honeymoon Chalet, 3 Family Chalets
PPS from R 4,140
Special Deal

On the pristine Maputaland coast, Thonga Beach Lodge lies in the heart of iSimangaliso World Heritage Park, a magical place with unspoilt beaches, coastal forests and...


Amakhosi Safari Lodge

6 River Suites, 2 Honeymoon Suites and 1 Private Villa
PPS from R 3,116

AmaKhosi Safari Lodge “Place of the Kings” in Zulu, is ideally situated 4 hours from Durban in KwaZulu Natal and 5,5 hours from Johannesburg. On the banks of Zululand’s Mkuze...


White Elephant Safari Lodge

8 Luxury Safari Tents
PPS from R 3,470

Located at the foot of the Lebombo Mountains lies White Elephant, the only lodge in South Africa to offer Kariba-like water-based safari activities, including tiger fishing and...


Kosi Forest Lodge

Kosi Bay
8 Thatch Bush Rooms
PPS from R 2,360
Includes All Meals and activities

In the unspoilt Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, on the Elephant Coast in northern KwaZulu Natal, this unique eco lodge offers the unforgettable experience of exploring the...


White Elephant Bush Camp

Entire Bush Camp with 7 thatched Chalets (Exclusive use only)
Units from R 4,880

White Elephant Bush Camp in the Pongola Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, formerly umKhaya Bush Lodge, provides a rustic, tranquil retreat below a canopy of knobthorn trees....


Jacana Lodge

Hluhluwe area
3 Self-Catering Lodges
PPS from R 800

Jacana Lodge is set in the Kuleni Park, near Hluhluwe on the Elephant Coast in KwaZulu Natal. Choose between three stylish self-catering lodges, one with 4 bedrooms and two...

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Aristo Manor

Richards Bay
5 Rooms, 1 Family Room
PPS from R 523

The ideal base for discerning executives, or leisure travellers exploring KZN’s Elephant Coast. Richards Bay is the gateway to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi, iSimangaliso Wetland Park,...

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Gecko Inn Guest House

Richards Bay
35 bedrooms
Units from R 1,250

Located in the city of Umhlatuze, Richards Bay, in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal, this comfortable guest house offers the best of both worlds: you’ll have the warm Indian Ocean...


African Ambience

St Lucia
5 Bedrooms, 1 Honeymoon Room and 1 Family Room
PPS from R 600
Includes Bed & Breakfast

Owner designed and managed, African Ambience Guest House is located in St Lucia on the Elephant Coast in KwaZulu Natal and is a home away from home. Set in tropical gardens...


Pakamisa Private Game Reserve

8 Spacious Open-plan Suites
PPS from R 1,980
Includes Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

From its commanding position atop Pakamisa Mountain in northern KZN, this exclusive lodge specialises in horseback safaris, with panoramic views over the malaria-free 2500...


Serene-Estate Boutique Guesthouse

St Lucia
6 Bedrooms
PPS from R 1,160

A totally different experience in St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal, bordering the indigenous forest on the Elephant Coast. For lovers of real style, unique architecture and modern...


Leopard Mountain Safari Lodge

Hluhluwe area
9 Stone and Thatch Chalets
PPS from R 4,750
Special Deal

Leopard Mountain is a family run Big Five game lodge set within the 48 000 acre Manyoni Private Game Reserve. Accommodation is in thatched stone chalets perched on a cliff top,...


Wendy's Country Lodge

8 Bedrooms and 1 Family Unit
PPS from R 795

Wendy's Country Lodge is perfectly positioned between the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve and the famous World Heritage iSimangaliso Wetland Park, just 20 minutes away. Set in a...


Whalesong Guest House

St Lucia
4 Bedrooms, 1 Family Room
PPS from R 570

Whalesong Guest House is in the tranquil village of St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal, in the heart of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site. A warm welcome and friendly...


Bhangazi Lodge

St Lucia
4 Bedrooms

Bhangazi Lodge is set in the scenic, tranquil town of St Lucia on the Elephant Coast in KwaZulu Natal, surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site....


Umthiba Bush Lodge

Hluhluwe area
Self-Cater Bush Lodge with 4 Bedrooms
Units from R 4,500

Set in the Kuleni Game Park near Hluhluwe in KwaZulu Natal, Umthiba Bush Lodge is a private bush retreat in a natural sand forest home to zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, warthog...

No cancellation fees if you cancel more than one month before your date of travel.
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Elephant Coast travel guide

Also known as Maputaland, the KwaZulu Natal Elephant Coast which lies in the greater region of Zululand  extends from Lake St Lucia  all the way to Kosi Bay near the Mozambique border, and inland to the Lubombo Mountains. This coastline really is a hidden treasure, missed by many visitors to South Africa which is a great pity, although this does mean it remains one of the country’s least touched, most untamed regions and this is part of what makes it special.

If you enjoy holidays where nature features strongly you’ll love the Elephant Coast. Scuba diving and snorkelling, game viewing, hiking, kayaking, or enjoying the site of whales playing in the warm waves and turtles laying eggs along the endless golden beaches – all these experiences and more await the visitor to this remarkable region. Coastal forests with ferns, fig trees and giant orchards, mangrove swamps, sand dunes, coral reefs, woodlands, grasslands and wetlands – the Elephant coast is a unique blend of an astounding 21 eco-systems. It receives high summer rainfall and has a humid, tropical climate.

Visiting the Elephant Coast is like becoming a child again as you are constantly amazed by all you see and experience.

Elephant Coast Highlights

  • Cape Vidal: Wonderful beaches for deep-sea fishing and whale watching 
  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game ReserveThe oldest game park in Africa. See the Big 5 here.
  • Isimangaliso Wetland Park  (formerly Greater St Lucia Wetland Park): Largest protected wetland in Southern Africa. Encounter turtles and hippos.
  • Kosi Bay: Largely untouched and totally unspoilt region featuring numerous lakes.
  • Sodwana Bay Nature Reserve: Outstanding scuba diving and snorkelling multi-coloured coral reefs
  • Tembe Elephant Park: You can’t come to the Elephant Coast and not go on an elephant safari! This region is renowned for having the largest herd of indigenous African elephants in South Africa.

Our Portfolio of Elephant Coast Accommodation

The Elephant Coast is a great year round destination with excellent weather, although if you don’t enjoy sticky heat avoid the mid-summer months. The ocean is warm year round so pack your bathing suit, and remember that this is malaria country so be sure to take the necessary precautions under the guidance of your GP or travel clinic before heading for the hills.

Portfolio offers a stunning range of Elephant Coast accommodation – luxury lodges right on the beach, safari lodges, B&Bs, Guest Houses and self-catering are all available.