Discover Maputaland, one of South Africa's last great stretches of untouched coastline which has many pristine beaches and is home to diverse land and marine wildlife.
Warm, tropical waters lap the long, practically deserted beaches where turtles come ashore to breed. Coastal reefs are home to a myriad of iridescent tropical fish and brightly coloured birds flit among the trees.
The far north-eastern part of KwaZulu-Natal is quite sparsely populated and consists mostly of broad coastal wetland or extensive grass interspersed with ilala palms and stands of softly gleaming fever trees.
Large stretches of water such as St Lucia, Bhangazi and Sibaya and the stunning lake system of Kosi Bay, are home to Crocodiles and Hippos. The whole of Maputaland coastline is a formally protected marine environment.
Bushbuck, duiker and monkeys inhabit the coastal forest areas of Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal with hippos and crocodiles basking in and around the lakes. Humpback whales can be seen off the beaches on their northerly migration to calve in Mozambique and in December and January loggerhead and leatherback turtles come onto the beaches to lay their eggs. This bountiful province is also home to a prolific selection of Big 5 reserves.
Home to South Africa’s most pristine beaches and lake systems, Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal boasts a tropical paradise of crystal-clear blue water and marshland. Raffia, wild date and palm mangrove swamp combined with sycamore fig forest provide a home for approximately 250 species of birds.
Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal, also sometimes referred to as, the Elephant Coast boasts a variety of landscapes to enjoy. Each unique topography and ecosystem translates into an exciting wildlife experience. Animal species in the area range from big game, with the sought-after Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, Rhino and Leopard amongst them, to very entertaining Wild Dog, Cheetah, Hyena, Warthog and plains game.