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Elephant Coast Route


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   Accommodation

Below is a list of accommodation establishments along this route. Bookings and enquiries can be made directly with the establishment.

Drifter's Zululand Inn
Drifter's Zululand Inn is a rustic inn located on a small private property in a sand forest overlooking False Bay. It is...

Mseni Lodge
Mseni Lodge is situated in Sodwana Bay, South Africa’s premier scuba diving and deep-sea fishing mecca. Accommoda...

Bushbaby Lodge
Accommodation at Bushbaby Lodge is in wooden cabins (some twin, some double) or in caravan/camping sites with electrical...

&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve
&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve covers 23 000 hectares of pristine African wilderness in the KwaZulu-Natal provi...

African Ambience Guesthouse
African Ambience is a guesthouse with just that. The guesthouse overlooks the coastal forest that lines the banks of the...

Avalone Guesthouse
Avalone Guesthouse is set in the picturesque town of St Lucia, which is in the heart of the famous Greater St Lucia Wetl...

Bhangazi Lodge
Bhangazi Lodge is set in tranquil tropical garden near the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. The comfortable bedrooms each...

Bushlands Game Lodge
A private game reserve, Bushlands Game Lodge, is centrally situated in Zululand and is surrounded by over 300 000ha of r...

Buya Futhi B&B
Buya Futhi B&B is situated on the first World Heritage Site, KwaZulu-Natal, in the Republic of South Africa. Accomm...

Dumazulu Lodge
Dumazulu Lodge is situated near Hluhluwe Game Reserve, just off the Bushlands turn-off. Here guests can watch and learn...

Elephant Coast Guesthouse
The Elephant Coast Guesthouse is spacious and designed with creature comforts in mind. It is ideally positioned to allow...

Emdoneni Lodge
Emdoneni Lodge offers tourists an attractive base from which to enjoy the surrounding area - including game-viewing, cul...

Falaza Game Park & Spa
Privately owned Falaza Game Park & Spa offers an array of authentic bush experiences in a lush indigenous setting. A...

False Bay Guesthouse
False Bay Guesthouse offers 3-star accommodation. A warm welcome and tranquillity awaits visitors, with its magnificent...

Hluhluwe Hotel and Safaris
The Hluhluwe Hotel is only 15 minutes' drive from the renowned Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve (the second oldest game re...

Janet's Ukuthula B&B
Janet describes her business in her own words:“My B&B isn't a big business… it is my hobby and I love m...

Makakatana Bay Lodge
Exclusively situated in the middle of the proclaimed Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (which has the largest marine lake in...

Maputaland Guesthouse
Maputaland Guesthouse was the first of its kind in St Lucia. The guesthouse consists of five en-suite rooms with ce...

Nibela Lake Lodge
Nibela Lake Lodge is situated in one of Africa’s World Heritage Sites, with a unique diversity of scenery, fa...

Thanda Private Game Reserve
"Born from a dream to create harmony between man and nature, an exclusive hideaway awaits those who dare to share this d...

Ubizane Wildlife Reserve
Situated a mere 4km from Hluhluwe Town, and on the access road to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park, Ubizane Wildlife Rese...

Wendy's Country Lodge
Wendy's Country Lodge is a nature lover’s paradise with an abundance of birdlife. The guesthouse is set in a beaut...

Wildebees Eco Lodge
Set in a lush tropical garden, Wildebees Eco Lodge offers cottage accommodation and a lagoon-style pool framed by palm s...

Lalapanzi Guesthouse
This beautiful guesthouse is situated in the last street of St Lucia, away from the main street's hustle and bustle.&nbs...

Santa Lucia Guesthouse
Santa Lucia Guesthouse is a Mediterranean-style home set in a tranquil tropical garden with a pool. Santa Lucia serves a...

St Lucia Safari Lodge
St Lucia Safari Lodge on St Lucia's main street offers 27 air-conditioned rooms. It is close to shops and amenities, but...

St Lucia Wetlands Guesthouse
"St. Lucia's warmest welcome!"  St. Lucia Wetlands Guesthouse is owner run and managed ensuring a highly personali...

Vakasha B&B
Vakasha B&B is situated in the village of Hluhluwe. It is a self-catering or B&B establishment, but close to res...

Budget Backpackers
Budget Backpackers offers comfortable and affordable accommodation to travellers. Budget Backpackers is situated in the...

Hornbill House B&B
Hornbill House B&B is situated in a lush tropical garden, surrounded by the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. The guest...

iGwalagwala Guesthouse
iGwalagwala Guesthouse nestles in the unique little village of St Lucia, which is situated in the iSimangaliso Wetland P...

Zulani Guesthouse
Zulani Guesthouse is one of the best choices in upper-class accommodation. Early morning birding, up close to humpback w...

Malala Lodge
Malala Lodge is a family-run, 3-star lodge situated on a 300acre private estate south of Hluhluwe - therefore the ideal...

Hluhluwe Guesthouse
Hluhluwe Guesthouse started as a combined family operated business in 1997 and gives you the opportunity to experience w...

Dinizulu Cottage
Dinizulu Cottage offers two self-catering apartments in a fully furnished house in the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park her...

St Lucia Wilds Self-Catering Holiday Accommodation
St Lucia Wilds offers self-catering holiday accommodation in St Lucia, South Africa. The owner family also lives on the...

Bushwillow Collection
Traditional, quirky or cosy! Choose between self-catering, dinner bed & breakfast or all inclusive packages. Bushwil...

Sand Forest Lodge
Sand Forest Lodge Hluhluwe is situated on a nature reserve on the edge of an ancient sand forest and lies 1.5km west of...

Seasands Lodge and Conference Centre
We are proud to announce that Seasands Lodge and Conference Centre in St Lucia, Kwazulu-Natal, are reopening under new o...

   Activities

Below is a list of arts and crafts outlets and projects on this route. Booking and enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Muzi Pan Canoe Adventures
Muzi Pan Canoe Adventures offers canoeing trips, birding excursions, fishing trips and cultural experiences - including...

Bhangazi Horse Safaris
The safaris are taken from the eastern shores of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park.  Bhangazi Horse Safaris offer...

Fafa Tours and Crafts
The diverse lifestyle of the Duku-Duku people is an interesting one. In Khula Village today, traditional healing is very...

Dinizulu Safaris
This owner-managed safari company is based in Hluhluwe from where it conducts half- and full-day guided open-vehicle gam...

St Lucia Safaris
Fannas – the Spirit of St Lucia and Born Free are the transport of choice on the waters of Lake St Lucia. The two...

African Wanderer Tours & Safaris
African Wanderer Tours & Safaris has established a professional reputation in many fields over the years. With knowl...

Advantage Tours and Charters
Advantage Tours and Charters specialise in personally operated tours, charters and cruises – by the owners, the Be...

   Arts & Crafts

Below is a list of arts and crafts outlets and projects on this route. Enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Canerat Crafts and Tea Garden
Canerat Crafts started out of a need for local crafters to sell their goods. It is housed in a building that was the old...

Ilala Weavers
Ilala Weavers came into being in the 1980’s with the objective of reviving some of the traditional Zulu handcrafts...

   Environment

Below is a list of environmental attractions on this route. Booking and enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Bonamanzi Game Reserve
Bonamanzi Game Reserve is a 400ha property bordering the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park. It has a 3-star main camp, 4-st...

Wildlife ACT Conservation Experience
Wildlife ACT hosts volunteers from all over the world who assist with the endangered species monitoring programme in Zul...

   Services

Below is a list of services on this route. Enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Elephant Coast Tourism Association
Hluhluwe Tourism Association is an association of private stakeholder in the tourism industry falling within the distric...

 

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The Elephant Coast in northern KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) stretches from St Lucia in the south to Kosi Bay in the north, across to the Lubombo Mountains in the west and includes the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve. Although it is a relatively small area, it is home to the Big Five and the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park is known for its sighting of whales and turtles among protected reefs and pristine coastline. The area is world-renowned for conservation, untamed wilderness and unparalleled diversity and the huge variety of habitats and eco-systems create a place where visitors are truly spoilt for choice.

Due to the large size of the Elephant Coast Route, the route is sub-divided into four regions: the Southern, Central, North Eastern and North Western.

Reasons to visit:

Africa’s oldest Game Reserve, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi, is one of many reserves in the area where visitors can encounter the Big 5 and have access to myriad other creatures both rare and abundant. A couple of decades ago the parks were still separate and there was not enough space for lion and elephant, but today the park boasts full wildlife capacity. This has meant that through its annual game auction, the park assists with the reintroduction of various species into other parks and reserves. Bird-watchers will delight in the fact that Mkuze and Ndumu Game Reserves are recognized as two of southern Africa’s birding hotspots, boasting some 600 species of birds.

Around 280km of pristine coastline links the Elephant Coast to the warm Indian Ocean. Beautiful hard and soft coral abound, as do more than 1 200 species of fish in addition to a wide variety of marine life. The largest sea turtle, the leatherback, along with the loggerhead turtle use this coastline as their breeding ground. Snorkelling opportunities at Cape Vidal and in the Kosi Bay estuary provide excellent underwater experiences while whale-watching opportunities off the Elephant Coast must be regarded as one of South Africa’s best.

The area is made up of three main cultures, most notably the Zulu culture. The turbulent yet proud Zulu history is testament to a people who embrace change in a dynamic world where tradition and customs incorporate innovation and transformation. Further north along the border with Mozambique the local amaThonga (resident Thembe community) settled, having migrated south from Maputo (then Lourenco Marques) in the 16th century. They are well known for their ancient fish-traps – an innovative and sustainable means of fishing that has been passed down through generations. Missionaries, adventurers and hunters have been drawn to the area over the last 200 years for the people, the place and the potential. Share in the harmony of a community driven to preserve their habitat with passion and pride because the people of the Elephant Coast are known for their deep love of the area.

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A large route stretching from St Lucia in the south to Kosi Bay in the north and inland to the N2 national highway, this route has a wealth of attractions, accommodation options and activities. It contains outstanding wildlife reserves covering a diversity of habitats.

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