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 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.
A privately-owned hotel near Mkhuzi town, which makes a perfect base for exploring the wildlife, scenery and culture of this distinct region.
Kosi Forest Lodge offers comfortable accommodation, good food and a perfect base from which to explore this fascinating area.
Rocktail Beach Camp is set on the unspoilt, secluded KwaZulu Natal coastline within iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
A fine, historic hotel on Umhlanga Beach beside the famous lighthouse, with an impressive array of facilities and stylish accommodation.
Time: GMT +2 hours
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.