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The Elephant Coast

 

Elephant Feet

 

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.




 

Pink throated twinspot

 

Old Zulu

There is an endless amount to see, and to do in Elephant Coast that no visitor can simply pass through without exploring further. 

Wildlife opportunities range from privately owned parks to national game reserves, which include the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Park. The park covers approximately 96000 ha and was established in 1895. Operation Rhino was introduced in the 1960's, which resulted in the growth of the white rhino population in South Africa from approximately 500 rhino's in 1960 to its current capacity of nearly 6000. At least a fifth of the world population of black and white rhino are found in the park. The park is a superb wildlife haven and has a variety of species.

The area with its astonishing variety of habitats gives rise to a multiplicity of fauna and flora, unrivalled anywhere in South Africa. Its abundance of wildlife include: Nile crocodile, hippo, white and black rhino, leopard, lion, cheetah, hyena, elephant, buffalo, blue wildebeest, jackal, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, nyala, eland, kudu, impala, duiker, suni, reedbuck, warthog, bush pig, mongoose, baboons, monkeys, a variety of tortoises, terrapins, snakes, lizards. The above can be enjoyed on game drives on open 4x4's, boat cruises, guided walks, canoeing trips and Horse trails.

 

 

 

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