Explore the Elephant Coast

Known for its bountiful mountains, wondrous wildlife, and glistening shores, it’s unsurprising that the Elephant Coast is one of South Africa's favourite holiday destinations.

Appropriately named, this gorgeous stretch of coast extends inland across to the Lebombo Mountains in the northern reaches of KwaZulu-Natal and is home to the country’s largest herd of indigenous African elephants that have traversed the local forests for centuries.

The region is also known as the ecotourism mecca of the Zulu Kingdom with attractions like the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, celebrated for its notable biodiversity and unique animal species. After spending time with beady-eyed crocs and lazy hippos, steer your journey towards the coastline for precious encounters with baby turtles, snorkel amongst the coral and wiggle your toes in the silky sand on one of the region’s many sun-soaked beaches.

Meander slightly inland and take to the game-rich Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park for guided game drives and bush walks amidst a realm of sensational wildlife. Lock eyes with brooding buffalo, magnificent ellies, and lurking leopard.

Top it all off with a pitstop at the region’s most memorable little towns of St Lucia and you’ll have yourself a local getaway worth every cent.

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