The Beach Experience

Elephant coast coastline

The Elephant Coast has a number of exquisite golden beaches - three of them near Hluhluwe.

The warm Indian Ocean forms the eastern border of the region and this protected area, with its long empty beaches and sand dunes covered by coastal forest, is truly remarkable.

One of the richest reef ecosystems in the world exists here with over 1250 fish species, 95 identified species of coral and a vast array of plant life. Here you will also find one of the world's few remaining breeding grounds for the rare Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles.

The water is clear (visibility is generally over 20m) and water temperatures range from around 29 degrees celsius in mid-summer (December/January) to around 19 degrees celsius in mid-winter (June/July).

You can dive the numerous reefs, snorkel among some of the rocky outcrops close to shore, swim in the surf or enjoy some fishing.

Sodwana Bay

The Sodwana Bay beach is one of South Africa's best known ski-boat and diving attractions and is an hour's easy drive north of Malala on recently tarred roads.

Cape Vidal

Cape Vidal is a popular scenic bay known for its sport fishing and snorkelling at low tide and is also about an hour's drive from Malala.

St Lucia

St Lucia has a variety of attractions, including a long stretch of white beach with designated swimming areas, and is a 45 minute drive from our lodge.

For a clearer picture of where these beaches lie in relation to Malala please have a look at the map.