Yes, we live in Africa, but that doesn’t mean elephants roam our streets and zebras live on our stoeps, as tourists wrongly believe. For us city slickers, our urban jungles consist of concrete, skyscrapers, vehicles, pollution, and angry, stressed-out people who are late, on-the-go and in a hurry to get somewhere. This type of living can’t be great for your mental health, so when you can, escape to nature.
Head to Bonamanzi Game Reserve’s Lalapanzi Camp and become one with nature. At Lalapanzi, it’s not uncommon to see herds of impala grazing in between the cottages, or the resident warthog family sitting under the shade of a tree.
Lalapanzi Camp consists of 10 luxury thatched chalets, each with a satellite TV, coffee station and air-conditioner. The chalets have two twin beds that can be pushed together to form a double bed.
Please note: it’s not recommended to drink from the taps. Each chalet has been provided with 2 litres of reverse osmosis water.
Sit down and enjoy a few quiet moments on the viewing deck overlooking the Lalapanzi dam. The viewing deck provides the perfect vantage point for bird viewing and picturesque African sunsets.
For possible sightings of the Big Five, venture further to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, Phinda Private Nature Reserve or Mkhuze.
If game viewing isn’t for you, there are many adventures you can embark on along the diverse Elephant Coast:
Cape Vidal boasts diverse marine life and grants visitors easy access to St Lucia Marine Reserve.
Humpback whales visit seasonally while migrating to warmer waters to calve, rear their young, and breach. Other large marine life to be on the lookout for include whale sharks, marlin, and dolphins.
Book a charter out to sea for a closer look at these magnificent sea creatures!
With its vast numbers of hippos, crocodiles, rhinos, and reedbuck, St Lucia Marine Reserve is a must-visit. Bird watchers will also be rewarded with rich finds - birdlife in the area is prolific!
Sodwana may be a little out of the way (plan for an hour or so drive), but the trek is worth the trouble, especially if you’re into scuba diving.
Sodwana Bay is considered to be one of the premier diving sites in the world, home to the most tropical coral reefs on the planet. The reef boasts a wide variety of fish, with some 1200 species recorded.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, is also in Sodwana Bay. The park has three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, and 25,000-year-old coastal dunes that are among the highest in the world! The name iSimangaliso means "miracle and wonder," and describes this must-see destination perfectly.
324 Bushlands Road