One of South Africa's most unspoilt
and beautiful areas, the Elephant Coast is a narrow strip of land - about
200 kms long and 70 kms wide, running down the coast of Kwazulu-Natal.
The area is home to an incredible
21 different eco-systems, with dense evergreen forests of fig trees, lush
ferns and wild orchids, and palm savannahs with wild date and lala palms.
Visit swamp forests with large raffias and greenery which is home to many
exquisite birds and view mountainous sand dunes.
Fresh water ecosystems include
major rivers, flood plains and large coastal lagoons and lovely clear coastal
lakes. Game includes hippo, crocodile and many small game and bird
species. Over 2000 plant species, many of which are endemic to the
region, brighten the landscape. The Elephant Coast runs from the
north west, by the Ubombo Mountains, to the east and the warm Indian Ocean,
and in the South by the Unfolozi River, just below the famous St Lucia
Estuary, part of a World Heritage site. Many paleantological sites
of scientific importance can be found in the area.
A holiday destination with
something for everyone - gorgeous sandy beaches, game reserves, fishing
and deep sea fishing, water sports including diving on various reefs, mountain
trails, historic sites and cultural activities. Imagine viewing the
Big 5 in a game reserve, then driving a short 30 kms to watch the dolphins
is a tiny town surrounded by fabulous game reserves and some wonderful
cultural attractions. You could visit a traditional Zulu weaving operation
where you could buy baskets, mats and other woven goods, or do a tour of
Dumazulu Cultural Village – a living museum of traditional Zulu culture
and lifestyle. The nearby Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is the oldest
game reserve in South Africa and is renowned as the place where an eleventh-hour
conservation push rescued the white rhino from the very brink of extinction
in the 1960s. Think about it – we came a hair’s breadth from never ever
seeing a white rhino, and every one in southern Africa is descended from
those few that survived in Hluhluwe.
Things have changed, though.
Now it’s the black rhino under threat – so get in there and have a look
at one while you still have a chance. Another claim to fame of this fabulous
park, which was originally two different parks, Umfolozi and Hluhluwe,
is that it was here the first wilderness safaris were run. It took a couple
of years, but eventually the idea caught on and now many other reserves,
among them the Kruger National Park, now offer this exciting experience.
Hluhluwe is at the southern
end of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, where you can do a boat ride
to see hippos and crocs, kayak on the lakes, or do a hike or a horse trail.
Keen birders should visit Mkuze, which has the reputation of being one
of the best birding spots in South Africa, and divers will love the nearby
Sodwana Bay, with its lovely coral reefs, extensive dive infrastructure
and party atmosphere.
Note: If you are planning
to travel to Hluhluwe/Umfolozi please be aware that this region is malarial.
Consult your doctor or travel clinic for advice and refer to our article
Bushlands Game Lodge, HLUHLUWE Centrally situated in Zululand
within 300 acres of bush and game area and surrounded by over 300 000 acres
of national parks, including Hluhluwe, Umfolozi, Mkuzi, Nduma, Sodwana
Bay and The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. Bushlands Game Lodge offers
guests the ultimate African bush experience. Fully air-conditioned,
en-suite accommodation blends seamlessly with the African bush and includes
a telephone, air-conditioner, radio and tea/coffee making facilities.
The rooms are connected by raised wooden walkways which lead to the main
dining room, bar, swimming pool and Boma.
Collection, Lodge, HLUHLUWE Bushwillow is a stylish,
unique bush lodge, situated in 150 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 the lodges’ own
small waterhole. Guests may enjoy walks on the self-guided walking trails
where they are likely to have encounters with zebra, giraffe, wildebeest,
nyala, warthogs and other ‘safe’ game. The abundance of bird life and the
variety of trees and other flora makes for a great African experience but
with the luxury and comforts of a 4-star graded establishment. Bushwillow
is ideally situated for visitors exploring the splendour of The Elephant
Coast, KwaZulu Natal.
Lodge & Game Farm, HLUHLUWE Situated in the heart of
Zululand and the newly proclaimed St Lucia World Heritage Site. Emdoneni
Lodge is situated on a small game farm, with sand forest vegetation. Walk
with the wildlife including Impala, Nyala, Grey Duiker and other antelope.
Birdlife is abundant. Approximately 2 hours drive from Durban and 5 hours
from Johannesburg. Only 4 hours drive from the Kruger National Park via
Swaziland and 30 minutes from the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve and Lake
St Lucia. Accommodation is in the form of 3 self-catering rondavels
and 12 chalets. Our accommodation offers intimacy and comfort and is set
in a lovely well-maintained garden with swimming pool and braai (barbeque)
Game Park & Spa, Lodge, HLUHLUWE Falaza Game Park is a privately
owned, owner run game farm centrally situated 15km from Hluhluwe, bordering
the St. Lucia World Heritage Site. Accommodation is in luxury en
suite tents, with all the modern convieniences and luxuries. there are
15 tents each sleeping two persons. Meals of very high standard are
served in the tatched restaurant, reed walled boma or under the stars -
at a bush dinner. Game Drives, guided walks, boat cruises and horse
trails are offered on the property. Friendly white rhino graze on
the lawn daily. Great for game viewing and birding with over 300
different bird species.
Mountain Safari Lodge, HLUHLUWE There is a place for you
in the heart of Africa - Leopard Mountain Game Lodge is the ideal getaway
where everybody from the old to the young, will enjoy a fascinating experience
in the wild. Close to 'Big Five' country - the place to see elephants,
leopards, rhino, buffalo and giraffe in the wild. Discover them all
in the unspoilt wilderness that surrounds our luxurious lodge. You can
track elephant on foot, or follow them in air-conditioned comfort.
You can climb mountains, go on trails or enjoy leisurely walks...
Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge, HLUHLUWE Shayamoya is a true gem
offering genuine hospitality, unique settings with stunning panoramic views
across the Pongolapoort Lake (also known as Jozini), Lebombo Mountains,
and the Phongolo Nature Reserve. Our speciality is the challenging
sport of tiger fishing where the record is 8.3kg, however we also offer
game drives, boat cruises, canoeing, elephant tracking and rhino and bush
walks. 10 Luxurious thatched chalets are individually situated with
their own private viewing deck, ensuite wooden bathroom and enclosed outdoor
showers that makes the experience truly romantic. A central lodge
accommodates the lounge, bar, cellar, sundeck, and the restaurant which
serves scrumptious SA cuisine.
Only 2 hours north from
Durban, and 45 minutes from Richardsbay, in a malaria free area, Thula
Thula, the oldest private game reserve in Kwazulu Natal, once part of the
private hunting grounds of legendary Zulu King Shaka, founder of the Zulu
Empire, is today home to the Big 4 with buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard,
giraffe, hyenas, crocodile, nyala, kudu, wildebeest, zebra and many more,
as well as 370 species of birds, including raptors. Exclusive bush
experience and absolute luxury, with only 8 thatched chalets decorated
in flavours of ethnic and colonial elegance, the Elephant Safari Lodge
offers superb accommodation with as much privacy and comfort you could
Mountain Inn, MKUZI At the foot of the legendary
Ghost Mountain lies the privately owned 4 Star Ghost Mountain Inn, a perfect
setting for taking time out to relax and experience the charms of Africa
in comfort and style. Unwind by the pool or indulge your senses with
a skin or body treatment in our Spa. For the more adventurous our
Safari company offers a variety of guided tours to explore this diverse
region with a variety of game drives, birding walks, hikes, tiger fishing,
boat rides and Zulu cultural trips. Relax in one of our 52 tastefully appointed,
en suite bedrooms complete with television, telephone and air conditioning
or take in the golden African sunset from your very own garden patio.
Private Game Reserve, MKUZI Pakamisa Private Game Reserve
- this unique new holiday resort, majestically positioned on top of the
Pakamisa Mountain, counts to the top addresses for the gourmet traveller.
Whether you desire an activity based holiday or simply wish to relax, each
guest selects his or her favourite and personal holiday itinerary.
We offer horseback safaris for experienced and inexperienced riders, guided
and game drives, riding, mountain biking, clay target shooting, birding,
swimming, fishing, cultural and botanical seminars. Pakamisa Private
Game Reserve is a malaria free area, Children welcome, special rates.
Beach Lodge, Self- and Fully Catered, SODWANA BAY Featuring a garden and year-round
outdoor pool, Mseni Beach Lodge is located in Sodwana Bay, just 0.6 km
from Sodwana Bay National Park. ISimangaliso Wetland Park is 12.9 km away.
Free private parking is available on site. Some units feature a dining
area and/or balcony. Some units also have a kitchen, fitted with an oven,
a microwave, and a toaster. There is a private bathroom with a shower in
each unit. Towels and bed linen are provided. Guests can enjoy a meal at
the on-site restaurant or a drink at the bar. A variety of activities are
available in the area, such as snorkeling and diving.
Bay Lodge, SODWANA BAY Sodwana Bay Lodge and Hotel
Resort is placed in the heart of Maputaland on the western shore of Lake
Shazibe, bordered by the world’s highest naturally vegetated dunes which
shelter the golden beaches of the lush interior. The area is surrounded
by fertile swamps and sand forests with rare and protected animal and plant
species, as well as wide lakes and extensive river estuaries which are
full of life. The careful design of the lodge has been done in order to
match the rustic, Eco-orientated nature of the Kwa Zulu Natal region. There
is a full range of dive courses offered and is run by the fully equipped
PADI five star IDC scuba centre.