Sanibonani and welcome to the Elephant Coast!
It is here that you will enjoy the most African experience the country has to offer, beyond your expectations within your reach. The Elephant Coast is part of the province of KwaZulu-Natal which is a melting pot of rich African, Indian and European cultures set splendour and beauty of warm tropical beaches unique natural treasures and year round sunny weather.
Explore a world within one province from the awarding winning blue flag beaches to natural heritage sites. Accommodation ranges from luxurious, five star lodges to self catering resorts, bed and breakfast establishments and guest houses, and conference facilities for the business community are also available. We hope you have a fabulous stay in the Elephant Coast and discover some of our unique attractions and varied activities. May you take home with you an experience that has been within your dreams but also within your reach.
As a traveller you should:
· avoid potentially contaminated food or drink.
· avoid contact with potentially contaminated recreational waters.
· know how to treat diarrhea.
· carry oral rehydration salts and water-disinfecting agents.
· avoid cooked food that has been kept at room temperature for several hours.
· eat only food that has been cooked thoroughly and is still hot.
· avoid uncooked food, apart from fruit and vegetables that can be pealed or shelled, and avoid fruits with damaged skins.
· Avoid dishes containing raw or undercooked eggs.
· Avoid food bought from street vendors.
· Avoid ice cream from unreliable sources, including street vendors.
· In countries where poisonous bio toxins may be present in fish and shellfish, obtain advice locally.
· Boil unpasteurised (raw) milk before consumption.
· Boil drinking water if its safety is doubtful; if boiling is not possible, a certified, well-maintained filter and/or a disinfectant agent can be used.
· Avoid ice unless it has been made from safe water.
· Avoid brushing your teeth with unsafe water.
· Bottled or packaged cold drinks are usually safe provided that they are sealed; hot beverages are usually safe.
· Traffic (obtain a card showing blood group before departure).
· Animals (beware of snakes and rabid dogs).
· Allergies (use a medical alert bracelet).
· Sun (pack sunglasses and sunscreen).
· Obtain the adequate prescriptions for medication and assemble a suitable first aid kit.
· Ophthalmological - pack spare spectacles.
· Other according to specific conditions (e.g. pregnancy, diabetes).
The responsible tourist and traveller.
· Respect all human rights, the sexual exploitation of children is crime punishable in South Africa
· Help preserve natural environments.
· Protect wildlife and habitats and do not purchase products made from made from endangered plants or animals.
· Purchase local handcrafts and products to support the local economy using the principles of fair trade.
· Inform yourself about the destinations current health situation and access to emergency and consular services prior to departure.
· Learn as much as possible about your destination and take time to understand their customs norms and traditions.
· Familiarize yourself with the laws so that you do not commit any act consider criminal by the country visited.
· Refrain from all trafficking in illicit drugs, arms, antiques, protected species and products or substances that are dangerous or prohibited by national regulations.
· The use of bottled water is only a responsible option to South Africa tap water if you recycle every bottle.