The Elephant Coast

Home to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and some of the best dive sites in the world.

The Elephant Coast is a wild and wonderful stretch in the northern reaches of KwaZulu-Natal. Best known for its natural beauty and incredible wildlife, visitors to the region can enjoy gems like the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Sodwana Bay and many other game reserves. The Coastal stretch from St Lucia to the Mozambican border is a veritable Eden where adventure seekers can find some of the most pristine stretches of coastline in the world.

Adventure guides for the Elephant Coast

Check out these detailed adventure guides based on our personal experiences on the Elephant Coast and the surrounding areas.

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iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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Map of the Elephant Coast

  • Kosi Bay
  • Sodwana Bay
  • Ndumo Game Reserve
  • uMhuze Game Reserve
  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • St Lucia

Towns and regions on the Elephant Coast


The Elephant Coast is named after the large herds of African Elephants that live in the region – from the “Big Tuskers” of the Tembe Elephant Park to the large herds in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, there are a lot of elephants around these parts.

St Lucia is home to a relatively small herd of elephants (by KwaZulu-Natal standards). The elephants seem to prefer the Western Shores section of the iSimagaliso Wetland Park, which is somewhat drier than the Eastern Shores section with vegetation more common in savanna areas.

Most of the southern sections of the elephant coast are in a low risk malaria zone, however, the closer to the Mozambican border you go, the higher the risk becomes – especially on the coast and in the bush.

If you’re concerned about contracting malaria, be sure to wear clothing that covers your body in the evening, use natural insect repellents and ask your doctor to prescribe a prophylactic medication.

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