Kwazulu Natal

About the Elephant Coast

Elephant Coast, Kwazulu Natal

The Elephant Coast runs from the Mozambique border of KwaZulu-Natal in the north, down to the mouth of the Imfolozi River in the South. Boasting a paradise of natural wonders and 21 different ecosystems there are few areas of South Africa as diverse as the Elephant Coast.

The Elephant Coast is the home to the iSamangaliso Wetland Park. In the iSamangaliso Wetland Park you can see the world's oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) as well as the world's oldest fish (the coelacanth). You will also find the world's largest land mammal (the elephant) and the world's biggest marine mammal (the whale).

The highest forested dunes in the world are found along the Elephant Coast. They are estimated at over 20 000 years old and up to 180 metres high, with well over 2,000 plant species in the region. Ranging from evergreen forests with enormous fig trees, ferns and wild orchids, to swamp forests, dunes and palm savannahs with wild dates, it isn't hard to see why there is such a wide variety of flora and fauna along the Elephant Coast.

Plan your holiday along the elephant coast and you may be lucky enough to try some Palm Wine or Marula Beer, witness the local traditions and ceremonies of the Tsonga people, visit the border cave or the numerous game reserves found in the area. And for the fisherman there are excellent deep sea fishing and diving opportunities at Sodwana Bay or Tiger Fishing at the Jozini Dam.


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