Holidays to the Elephant Coast

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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.

Aerial view of beach Rocktail Beach Lodge Sunset at Amazulu Lodge Canoeing on holidays to the Elephant Coast, at Kosi Forest Lodge

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.

Elephant Coast Highlights

  • The natural beauty of Lake St Lucia, South Africa's largest inland stretch of water
  • Tracking black rhino in Big 5 Phinda Private Game Reserve
  • Watching loggerhead turtles lay their eggs at Rocktail Bay
  • Visiting over 220 elephant at the Tembe Elephant Park

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Selected Elephant Coast Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Elephant Coast

All South Africa Itineraries
Rhino Ridge Lodge

South Africa KwaZulu-Natal Winter Sun Special

Days
16
Cost Per Person
From $6,200 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Durban, Elephant Coast
Kosi bay mouth

Kwazulu Natal Self Drive Family Holiday

Days
16
Cost For Family of 4
From $14,310 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Durban, Phinda Private Game Reserve, Elephant Coast
Diving

Kwazulu Natal Self Drive Holiday

Days
9
Cost Per Person
From $2,860 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Durban, Phinda Private Game Reserve, Elephant Coast
Umhlanga

KZN and Kruger Self Drive

Days
17
Cost Per Person
From $3,320 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Durban, Thornybush Nature Reserve, Swaziland, Panorama Route, Elephant Coast

Elephant Coast Accommmodation

All South Africa accommodations
  • AmaZulu Lodge
    Lounge

    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.

  • Kosi Forest Lodge
    Esterno di notte

    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.

  • Rocktail Beach Camp
    Pool

    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
    Deck

    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.

  • Hluhluwe River Lodge
    Bedroom interior

    The perfect base for exploring the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, take on exciting activities and stay in comfortable accommodation.

  • Makakatana Bay Lodge
    Exterior of room

    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.

  • Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
    Rhino sighting

    Expect dramatic views from this stunning lodge along with luxury accommodation and exciting activities to Lake St Lucia.

  • Shakaland
    Room

    Experience a number of cultural programmes and tours from Shakaland Cultural Village, which showcases traditional Zulu culture.