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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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Aristo Manor

Richards Bay
5 Rooms, 1 Family Room
PPS from R 350

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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Whalesong Guest House

St Lucia
4 Bedrooms, 1 Family Room
PPS from R 515

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...


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Wendy's Country Lodge

Mtubatuba
8 Bedrooms and 1 Family Unit
PPS from R 690

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...


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Umthiba Bush Lodge

Hluhluwe area
Self-Cater Bush Lodge with 4 Bedrooms
PPS from R 1,000

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...


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Makakatana Bay Lodge

Isimangaliso
5 Bush Chalets, 1 Honeymoon Chalet, 2 Family Chalets
PPS from R 4,600

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


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White Elephant Safari Lodge

Pongola
8 Luxury Safari Tents
PPS from R 2,910
Special Deal

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...


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Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge

Hluhluwe area
8 Bush Villas, 2 Honeymoon Villas, 6 Family Rooms, 12 Safari Rooms
PPS from R 2,490

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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Amakhosi Safari Lodge

Pongola
6 River Suites, 2 Honeymoon Suites and 1 Private Villa
PPS from R 4,050

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...


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Pakamisa Private Game Reserve

Pongola
8 Spacious Open-plan Suites
PPS from R 1,700
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...


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Leopard Mountain Safari Lodge

Hluhluwe area
9 Stone and Thatch Chalets
PPS from R 2,995

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


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Thonga Beach Lodge

Mabibi
8 Chalets, 1 Honeymoon Chalet, 3 Family Chalets
PPS from R 3,850
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...


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Ghost Mountain Inn

Mkuze
49 Bedrooms and 1 Luxury Suite
PPS from R 820
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...


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Thula Thula Private Game Reserve

Empangeni
Safari Lodge : 2 Suites, 6 Thatch Rooms. Tented Camp : 8 Safari Tents
Units from R 2,700

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...


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Serene-Estate Boutique Guesthouse

St Lucia
6 Bedrooms
PPS from R 895

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...


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Kosi Forest Lodge

Kosi Bay
8 Thatch Bush Rooms
PPS from R 2,350
Includes All Meals and activities
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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...


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White Elephant Bush Camp

Pongola
Entire Bush Camp with 7 thatched Chalets (Exclusive use only)
Units from R 4,800

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....


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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....


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St Lucia Kingfisher Lodge (Formerly Kingfisher Lodge)

St Lucia
6 Bedrooms
PPS from R 650

St Lucia Kingfisher Lodge is an original 135 year old Colonial homestead set in the heart of the Greater Isimangaliso Wetland Park (St Lucia), a World Heritage Site on the...


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Bushwillow Collection

Hluhluwe area
3 Lodge Chalets, 3 Boutique Chalets, 1 Family Cottage, Self-Catering Options
PPS from R 893

Bushwillow is located near to Hluhluwe on the Elephant Coast, KwaZulu Natal. Set in Kuleni Game Park, which can be explored on self-guided walking trails, guests will spot...


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African Ambience

St Lucia
5 Bedrooms, 1 Honeymoon Room and 1 Family Room
PPS from R 495
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...


KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden
Designed around a magnificent plane tree avenue and...

Talana Museum, Battlefield & Heritage Park
Talana, meaning “the shelf where precious items are...

iSimangaliso Wetland Park - World Heritage Site
iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s...

The Capture Site
The United Nations has declared Nelson Mandela’s...

The Old Prison
The Old Prison dates back to the Voortrekker times...

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.