KWAZULU NATAL » ELEPHANT COAST
Stretching from St Lucia in the south to Kosi Bay in the north, across the Lubombo Mountains in the west and including the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Park. The Elephant Coast as destination is not only home to the Big Five, but also to all that the iSimangaliso Wetland Park offers sightings of whales, turtles, protected reefs and a pristine, protected coastline.
The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Park covers a combined area of 96 000ha and it was here that the white rhino was saved from extinction. A visit to this world renowned game reserve will also bring you into contact with the Big Five - lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino - as well as encounters of the natural kind with a wide variety of other indigenous game.
The World Heritage site of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park boasts five distinctive eco-systems ranging from sub-tropical seas, coral reefs and unspoiled sandy beaches to lush forests, grassy plains, dry savanna and reed and papyrus wetlands. The entire Elephant Coast is a bird watcher's paradise, with sightings ranging from the ubiquitous pelicans and flamingos of Lake St. Lucia to rarer locals such as Rudd's Apalis, the Pink throated Twinspot and Lemon-breasted Canary.
This is the traditional home of the ama Zulu, a proud nation descended from the Nguni people who migrated to this rich land during the 16th Century. Many tales are told of how the warrior king Shaka united his people - transforming feuding farmers and quarrelling cattle herders into a proud and powerful nation. The Zulu people treasure their heritage and visitors are able to select gifts and souvenirs from a wide range of beadwork, woodcarvings, pottery and basketry.