South Africa St Lucia Tours & Attractions - Elephant Coast
The Elephant Coast stretches from St Lucia in the south to Kosi Bay on the Mozambique border in the north, across the Lubombo Mounlains in the west and the warm Indian Ocean in the East. Zulani Guest House is situated at the southern tip of the Elephant Coast in the village of St Lucia.
This narrow strip of land approximately 200 kilometers long and just 70 kilometres wide is home to an incredible 21 different eco-systems. Including dense evergreen forests of towering fig trees standing in a lush undergrowth of ferns and wild orchids hanging from the trees, palm savannahs with thousands of wild date and lala palms doting the white sand of the undulating landscape, swamp forests with large raffias and tangled masses of greenery that are home to myriads of exquisite birds and the African wildlife, and behind them the 200 meter vegetated sand dunes.
Elephant Coast Places of Interest
Jozini Dam Situated in the north west section of the Elephant Coast, surrounded by nature reserve, the lake covers 16 000ha and is the most southern waters in Africa where one can catch Tiger fish. Ndumo Game Reserve Situated in the northern section of the Elephant Coast, best known for its prolific birdlife with of over 400 species listed. Game includes hippo, rhino and giraffe. Tembe Elephant Park Situated in the central section of the Elephant Coast, proclaimed in 1989 to protect both the surviving elephant population. It is a home to a wide variety of large and small mammals including 4 of the big 5. Kosi Bay Situated in the north east section of the Elephant Coast, this system consists of four lakes and a series of inter connecting channels which eventually drain via a sandy estuary into the Indian ocean. As most of the 'roads' in the area are sand tracks, a 4X4 is required to fully access all the areas. Mkuze Game Reserve Situated in the central section of the Elephant Coast, the reserve has an astonishing diversity of natural habitats, from the eastern slopes of the Lebombo mountains, to broad stretches of acacia savannah, swamps and a variety of woodlands and forest. Ghost Mountain In 1819 Shaka the Zulu King forced the Shangaans and their chief Soshanganehe to flee to Mozambique. Upon the death of Soshangane and the death and subsequent Shangaan chiefs, their bodies were returned to Ghost Mountain for burial. The mountain is said by local Zulus to be haunted. Phinda Game Reserve Situated in the central section of the Elephant Coast, Phinda Game Reserve is a private big 5 game reserve of about 14 000ha. It borders Mkhuze Game Reserve on the west and the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park on the east. Sodwana Bay Situated in the central east section of the Elephant Coast, Sodwana Bay provides the travelling diver with a vast array of unspoilt coral reefs populated with a huge diversity of fish and invertebrates. The reefs of Sodwana bay are rated amongst the top 10 in the world and are truly a scuba divers and paradise. Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park Situated in the south west section of the Elephant Coast, the oldest game reserve in Africa, where today the "big five" of African legend stalk the verdant savannah. Apart from game-viewing drives and self-guided auto trails, guided walking trails with sleep overs are also available. Greater St Lucia Wetland Park Situated in the south east section of the Elephant Coast, declared a World Heritage Site in 1999. The five interlinked ecosystems - the marine system; the coastal dune system; the lake system, including estuarine and freshwater habitats; swamps and the inland terrestrial system have created an area of global unrivalled natural diversity.
South Africa St Lucia Tourist Attractions - Elephant Coast