Zululand & Elephant Coast
Zululand and Elephant Coast
Steeped in rich traditions, wild game and war, Zululand’s rolling hills are home to many game parks that have firmly established South Africa as the international leader in wildlife conservation. A unique safari destination. The Elephant Coast boasts the best of wildlife both on the ground and in the water. The Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve and the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park are both world-class conservation areas. The area is also still steeped in Zulu culture and has a great rural feel.
What to see and do
iSimangaliso Wetlands Park
A World Heritage site. The vast Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park comprises coral reefs, long sandy beaches, coastal dunes, lakes, lagoons, swamps and an estuary. As if that isn’t enough, the rich waters are also home to many species of fish, birds, over 800 hippo and 2500 crocodiles.
Hluhluwe Umfolozi (shlushluwe)
A world-renowned rhino sanctuary. Hluhluwe Umfolozi specializes in the conservation of the white rhino, 1600 of which live in an area of 880sq km together with 300 of the more dangerous black rhino. The BIG 5; lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffaloes can be spotted here.
Backpacker Accommodation in Hluhluwe Umfolozi
Diving in Sodwana Bay
Popular with divers and snorkellers for its diversity of fish and invertebrates and its collection of hard and soft corals. The waters are warm, seldom dropping below 20°C. The average visibility is 15m and can reach 30m. In summer, turtles leave the ocean to nest on the beach.
Tsonga fish traps - Kosi Bay
A network of traditional traps used to net fish in the estuary. The method is primitive, but still effective. Traps are passed on from Tsonga father to son.
Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk
This 125m natural timber boardwalk winds through the forest canopy to a 20m high viewing tower. The sub-tropical forest is home to rare birds, chameleons and bushbuck.
The Zulu were a minor clan founded around 1709 in what is now Zululand. Under the leadership of Shaka Zulu, the Zulu became all-powerful until the arrival of the Afrikaner Voortrekkers and later the English. Rural Zulus live in simple mud and thatch huts and are mostly subsistence farmers. Today, Zulus are increasingly adopting western ways, but the roots of their beliefs remain. It is entrenched in their traditions, ceremonies, celebrations, beads, food, the ancestors, Umqomboti (beer), dancing, dress, social structure, beliefs, sangomas, inyangas and healing
St Lucia is a holiday resort town on the banks of the St. Lucia estuary with fun activities for everyone. Kayaking beside the hippos and crocs on the lake and even going on a game drive. Your trip certainly will not be complete without a visit to the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, for game viewing, bird watching and beach swimming. You will find it all. St Lucia also has a few lovely restaurants, the favourite being BRAZA a Portuguese restaurant on the main road. Drop us an email and let us know about your experience with them.
Backpacker Accommodation in St. Lucia
A hill top town which has grown around Dlinza Forest, a forest which has been declared a nature reserve. It is abundant in nature and has had three Zulu Kings live in it, including the great warrior King Shaka Zulu.
Backpacker Accommodation in Eshowe
A string of four lakes which form part of Isimangaliso Wetlands Park, a UNESCO world Heritage Site, with swamps, mangroves and banks lined with raffia palm forests. The estuary is very good for snorkeling with many species of colourful tropical fish. The beaches are stunning. The Kosi River Mouth is known as the aquarium because of the clarity of the water and the abundance of different fish species. Ponto do Ouro in Mozambique is 2km away.
Backpacker Accommodation in Kosi Bay
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