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The Elephant Coast Experience

Baby Elephant in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

Malala Lodge is centrally situated near Hluhluwe in the Elephant Coast, historically known as Zululand, on the north-eastern coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

The Elephant Coast region is 200km long and 70km wide. It is bordered to the north by Mozambique, to the west by the Lebombo Mountains, to the east by the Indian ocean and in the south by the Imfolozi river. For a clearer picture of the region have a look at the map.

The region has an incredible 21 different ecosystems. Among these are a number of fresh water ecosystems, including rivers, floodplains, coastal lagoons and estuarine swamps as well as sandforest, woodland and savannah.


Waterbuck on the Eastern Shores of Isimangaliso Wetland Park

The Elephant Coast has an array of diverse attractions making it a perfect destination for all ages and has something for everyone.

If you're looking to get some close-up views of the wildlife, including the Big 5 , then Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and Mkhuze Game Reserve should be explored. Beach lovers and divers can enjoy the beauty of Sodwana Bay, Cape Vidal, or St Lucia.

Those looking to gain an insight into Zulu culture and history can visit DumaZulu Traditional Village, Ilala Weavers or Zamimpilo Community Market.

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formerly The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park), a world heritage site, offers a myriad of attractions from whale-watching to close-up encounters with Hippos and Nile Crocodiles on the St Lucia estuary.

With over 500 bird species and a plethora of habitats in the area, bird watchers will be spoilt for choice in what is widely considered one of the top birding hotspots in South Africa.