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Natal Northeast

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

It is a really alluring corner of the country, an often steamy sub-tropical paradise of pristine beaches, glorious wetlands and high quality wildlife reserves.

The best time to visit is during the cooler drier winter months of May to October, when the days are warm and clear, the nights are pleasantly cool. Read more about the seasonality.

We divide the region into several different areas, each of which has its own distinct character and reasons to visit ...


Phinda Mkhuze ... is the prime wildlife area, containing some very high quality lodges and camps.

Hluhluwe Imfolozi ... is another significant wildlife area, largely the domain of budget self-drive trips, but also with at least one decent lodge.

Pongola is a modest town just south of the border with Swaziland, in an area which contains a number of modestly interesting and generally very well priced wildlife reserves.

Ndumo and Tembe ... are two little-visited wildlife reserves up towards the border with Mozambique.


Elephant Coast ... 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.

St Lucia ... is a well known coastal wetland reserve, centred on a relaxed town of the same name.

Richard's Bay ... is a modern industrial port which marks the southern limit of this area on the coastline that heads on down to Durban and beyond.
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