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 Reserve: The 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.