Elephant & Dolphin Coast -

Peace, Nature and wonderful Beaches

The Elephant Coast is KwaZulu Natal’s most species rich region and an awe-inspiring destination. The small region north of Durban, 200 km long and only 70 km wide, developed 21 different ecosystems. It is the home of more than 2000 different plant species – many of them are endemic. From green forests and savannah landscape to marshes and wetlands, there are countless habitats for mammals and birds. Rivers, lakes, papyrus marshlands and floodplains form the area. The Elephant Coast features outstanding “Big 5” observation possibilities at the game reserves and, as a bonus, the option to see whales during the season. One of the most popular nature reserves is the Hluhluwe National Park, the oldest game reserve in South Africa. Hluhluwe is famous for its successful efforts in protecting the White Rhinoceros, which was in danger of extinction. Thanks to the meticulous breeding program and stringent protection, the park succeeded in raising the numbers of rhinos to 1600 animals. Visitors are almost guaranteed to spot rhinos! Another beautiful region is the Kosi Bay Reserve in Maputaland, which is located on the border to Mozambique. Four lakes, which are connected to each other and to the ocean, form an intricate network of wetlands. Canoe trips and bush-hikes are the best way to discover the area. The abundance of rare bird and reptilian species is remarkable. The entire Elephant Coast, and especially Sodwana Bay, is known as the diving destination in South Africa. The simple reason: The numerous coral reefs in front of the coast are full of life and are not affected by coral bleaching. One of the prettiest regions along the Elephant Coast is without doubt the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, a UNESCO natural heritage site. Freshwater and saltwater mix in the lagoons and create different habitats teeming with life. Strictly speaking, the entire Elephant Coast as far as the Kosi Bay on the border with Mozambique forms parts of the Wetland Park but the centre is the Lake St. Lucia, which is located near the town of the same name. The number of crocodiles and hippopotamuses in the Elephant Coast’s lakes is remarkable. Furthermore, the park is also a paradise for bird watchers. Next to fantastic nature, beautiful beaches, good diving spots and excellent safari options, you will have the chance to get to know the Zulu culture. Guests are always welcome at the Zulu’s Kraals. Untouched, endlessly long sandy beaches, partly unexplored hinterland and an incredibly large variety of species fascinate nature lovers and individualists from all over the world. Because many parts are difficult to access and can only be reached with an all-terrain vehicle, the tourism development is very slow - good news for those who enjoy untouched natural beauty, peace and remoteness! The countless dolphins that roam the coastal waters are certainly another highlight. Most frequently, they are encountered on the Elephant as well as on the more southern Dolphin Coast. The Dolphin Coast extends as far as 200 kilometres south of the seaside town Durban and offers wonderful beaches, excellent golf courses and first-rate hotels. It is named – as the same suggests – after the numerous dolphins inhabiting these waters. Allow INTOSOL to introduce you to these unspoilt coasts. Everyone who has travelled to the Elephant Coast with us has come back thrilled! Go and see for yourself!
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rental car or private transfer from Durban for example


impressive World Heritage


hiking, Flower Safari, Jeeptours, ski, visiting caves


Amphitheater, Cathedtal Peak, Sani Pass, Giants Castle, Ukhahlamba Park, Spioenkop Reserve

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  • Consulting by Natals Coastlines experts
  • We know hotels personally and we advise you competently
  • Appropriate offices/ hotel products in Natals Coastlines – "we are close"
  • Constant control of our service by own local employees
  • High quality service before, during and after your journey
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