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KwaZulu Natal Coast

Why visit the KwaZulu-Natal Coast?

KwaZulu-Natal’s Elephant Coast features stunning beaches and wetlands teeming with wonderful wildlife. There are few places in the world where you can see the Big Five on a bush game drive one day, and watch sea turtles laying their eggs on the shore the next!
Reasons to visit the KwaZulu-Natal Coast include:

  • The 220km long iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This World Heritage Site is a haven for the birds, flora and fauna that thrive in its coastal lakes, subtropical forests, swamps and wetlands. 
  • Take a turtle tour and watch these beautiful, huge creatures lay their eggs on the sand.  
  • Go game viewing in one of iSimangaliso’s reserves, including the St Lucia Game Reserve, St Lucia Marine Reserve, the Sodwana Bay National Park, Maputaland Marine Reserve, False Bay Park and Mkuze Game Reserve. 
  • Relax on one of the many glorious beaches, and buy traditional basket crafts from the ladies at Sodwana Bay. 
  • Get active! This is the perfect area hiking, walking, forest and dune trails, boat cruises, canoeing and scuba diving
  • Explore the spectacular coral reefs at Sodwana Bay ”“ one of the world’s top 10 dive sites. 
  • Visit the isolated white-sand beaches of Kosi Bay, known for its tradition of fish-trapping in woven baskets.
  • Take a hippo and crocodile tour on the St Lucia Estuary or look for humpback whales between May and November. 
  • See the Big Five in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve.

When to visit the KwaZulu-Natal Coast?

The warm climate makes this an all-year destination. May to August sees particularly comfortable temperatures and is a good time for whale watching. The best time to see leatherback or loggerhead turtles is between November and January.

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time:

There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.

Language: English is South Africa's main administrative language and is widely spoken. There are also 11 official tribal languages.


Visas are not required for British passport holders.


No vaccinations are compulsory. Malaria is found in certain areas (mainly Kruger and the east coast towards Mozambique), but not throughout the country.



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