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Elephant Coast

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... is located in the Natal Northeast region of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa.

This area covers the most northerly 80km of coastline up to the border with Mozambique and contains some of the best beach lodges in the country and is well known for its sub-tropical diving.


Lake Sibaya is the largest freshwater lake in the country, covering an area of around 50 square kilometres and separated from the ocean by less than 1km of coastal dunes. Surrounded by reed beds, the lake plays host to a good range of fish and birds, as well as crocodiles and hippos. East of the lake lies a band of huge vegetated sand dunes interspersed with patches of sub-tropical forest, leading down to some spectacular white sand beaches. Offshore is some seriously good snorkelling, plus dolphins and whales in season.

Thonga Beach Lodge ... is a relatively remote and high-end beach option, one of the finest in the country.


Rocktail Bay lies between Lake Sibaya and Kosi Bay comprises beautiful sandy beaches backed by huge vegetated dunes, with a mix of shamba and commercial cashew farming further inland. The area contains some particularly good snorkelling, diving and fishing, plus opportunities for turtle tracking, guided forest walks, horse-riding, quad-biking and cultural visits.

Rocktail Beach Camp ... is the best lodge in the area, a relatively simple but remote and well run operation.


Kosi Bay is the last section of coast leading up to the border with Mozambique. It is extremely beautiful, being backed by a string of riverine lakes which connect to the sea at Kosi Bay itself, surrounded by impressive sub-tropical palm forests. Although backed inland by some areas of relatively dense population, once out amongst the lakes and coastline the area feels properly wild. Days here can be filled with snorkelling, turtle tracking, beach picnics, canoe expeditions and hikes.

Kosi Forest Lodge ... is the best accommodation option by a distance, a relatively simple but well operated camp set deep amongst the raffia palm forests.


Sodwana Bay is situated the extreme northeast corner of the St Lucia Wetlands reserve, a protected coastline containing some stunning beaches, backed by dunes and sub-tropical forest. It is also the southernmost extent of the coral reefs a major centre for snorkelling and diving. The area contains a rash of lower cost resorts and campsites which are mainly used by locals.
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