A wild coastline of breath-taking scenery and natural wonders, holidays to the Elephant Coast offer a traditional slice of Africa. The untamed beauty of iSimangliso Wetland Park is an instant highlight when exploring the coastline - it's charm lying in the variety of species that call it home and its striking natural features. Perhaps the park's chief attraction is Lake St Lucia; edged by towering dunes and forest this is South Africa's largest inland stretch of water.
Adjacent to the park is the celebrated Phinda Private Game Rerseve. Dive into a Big 5 wilderness area with plenty of charm and fantastic safari experiences; track black rhino and take in over 400 species of bird. The further along the coast you travel the greater the remoteness you'll experience. Travel past the iSimangliso Wetland Park to magnificent Rocktail Bay. Stay in luxury accommodation, enjoy the private strip of beach and, between October and February each year, watch loggerhead turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. In the far north you can also find over 220 elephant in the Tembe Elephant Park and Kosi Bay, a unique area of waterways, forests and distinctive reed fences, which are used by locals as fish kraals.
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Set in the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, Kosi Forest Lodge offers spectacular views of the surrounding forest, superb bird watching and fun activities, such as canoeing.
A comfortable 4-star lodge in the village of St Lucia, surrounded by the Great St Lucia Wetlands Park.
Expect dramatic views from this stunning lodge along with luxury accommodation and exciting activities to Lake St Lucia.
Stay at Rocktail Beach Camp to experience world-class diving and snorkelling at Maputaland Marine Reserve, and enjoy a remote and unspoilt beach only a brisk 20-minute walk away.
Thonga Beach Lodge is a luxury beach retreat set in the untouched wilderness of the Greater St Lucia Wetlands. Explore the gorgeous coastline with snorkelling and off shore scuba diving or relax amidst the coastal dune forest.
AmaZulu Lodge is found on the Elephant Coast and offers authentic African accommodation perfect for exploring the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park and as an excellent stopover before moving on to another destination.
The only privately owned lodge in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Makakatana Bay Lodge is set on the banks of Lake St Lucia and is the perfect gateway to this fascinating World Heritage Site.
The perfect base for exploring the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, take on exciting activities and stay in comfortable accommodation.
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