Where to Stay - South Africa
Kei Mouth on the Wild Coast

Crossing the river at Kei Mouth

Leaving Port Elizabeth on the main N2 route it is not long till you arrive in Colchester where you can perhaps take a drive through Addo National Elephant Park. Addo is home to the Big 7 as part of the park is also a marine park, but the main park is home to the Big 5.  It is self-drive but if you want to you can pick up a guide at the main camp. There are a number of lovely picnic spots dotted throughout the park where you can relax and stretch your legs. There are a number of large drinking holes where you can stop your car and watch the elephants.

Continue on along the N2 until you reach the R72 turn off. This route is the coastal road with a number of small seaside towns along the way. Perhaps spend a night in Port Alfred, which used to be a small coastal village but over the years has developed into quite a bustling town. Here you can enjoy a boat trip on the Kowie River or perhaps a pizza at Guido’s overlooking the East Beach and harbour entrance. Both East Beach and West Beach in Port Alfred are accessible with the main swimming beach at Kellys Blue Flag Beach. READ MORE

Umhlanga on the North Coast

Umhlanga Rocks

The North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal stretches from Umhlanga all the way up to the Tugela River Mouth. Commonly known as the Dolphin Coast due to the regular sightings of large dolphin pods seen in its warm Indian Ocean waters the coastline is interspersed with pretty small seaside towns such as Zinkwazi, Ballito, Salt Rock, Tinley Manor and Umdloti.

Originally a quite sleepy area of KwaZulu-Natal the Dolphin Coast is now a popular holiday destination with numerous holiday homes and a great selection of guest house and North Coast accommodation within easy reach of the beaches. What were once small towns like Umhlanga have grown to accommodate the busy December holiday season with large hotels along the beachfront and the excellent Gateway shopping mall to service the increasing demands of holidaymakers. Umhlanga is one of the most expensive places to stay along the North Coast but there are many other cheaper and more remote alternatives such as Zinkwazi, Salt Rock and Tinley Manor. READ MORE

Breaking News Update: 20th December 2013

To honour the memory of Nelson Mandela lions are being introduced back into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The first part of this reintroduction has already started with an adult lioness with three offspring plus a male and two more females already released into the uMkhuze section of the wetland park. The lions which have come from Tembe Elephant Park are the first lions in the wetlands for 44 years.


isimangaliso wetlands park in south africaThe diversity of South Africa could not be better illustrated then by iSimangaliso. This huge 332,000 hectare park is the third largest in South Africa and lies on the north-east coast just below Mozambique. No wonder that with its unique land and water-based ecosystem supporting a myriad of mammals and marine animals that in 1999 the area was awarded World Heritage Site status. iSimangaliso was formerly (and still is) known as the Greater St.Lucia Wetland Park and stretches all the way along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline from St.Lucia up to Kosi Bay and inland to uMkhuze.

This is one of the few places in South Africa that you can swim with turtles in the morning in the warm Indian Ocean and then be looking for hippos in the afternoon just 40km inland. This unique holiday destination has attracted people from all over the world keen to sample the rich array of wildlife and is why so many people look for St Lucia accommodation. READ MORE

Kosi Bay on North Natal Coast KZN

Aerial View of Kosi Bay

The name Kosi Bay is actually quite misleading as there isn’t a ‘bay’ here. Kosi Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, is made up from an intricate system of rivers, lakes, an estuary and mouth, running parallel to the beach. The entire Kosi Bay area, falls under the protected St Lucia Wetlands area which forms part of a World Heritage Site. READ MORE