Mabibi, Elephant Coast

Set in the remote region of the Maputuland coast in KwaZulu Natal, Mabibi lies between Lake Sibaya and Sodwana Bay, forming part of the Kosi Bay coastal forest reserve.

Itís one of Natalís most spectacular coastlines. But what makes it even more enticing is that it is the only tropical dive site in the country and lies alongside Africaís most southern coral reefs - you can understand why people donít talk about it much. Who would want to broadcast some of the best diving in the world?

The reefs off Mabibi are home to more than 1200 species of fish, and the warm waters attract schools of bottlenose dolphin, sharks, whale sharks and turtles. The turtles in particular are reason to visit Mabibi during February and March to see the hatchlings mad dash for the ocean, just moments after emerging from their eggs.

The crystal clear water provides ideal conditions for most of the year, due to the subtropical weather in Mabibi and the warmth of the Indian Ocean. Snorkelling and scuba diving are without equal in the rest of the country on this bit of coastline.

Possibly the most attractive aspect to staying in Mabibi is its seclusion. The sheltered beach lies bordered by beautiful rocky outcrops and dune forest sweeps away from the beach. Add to this the element of sustainable tourism - Thonga Beach Lodge and the Mabibi campsite are part of the SappiWWF TreeRoutes Partnership, from which the local Mabibi community directly benefited during building and since, through a trust and employment - and the prospect of time out in Mabibi becomes more than enticing.

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We came to Mabibi with the express purpose of SCUBA diving but nothing could've prepared us! It really was like something out of National Geographic. The waters were so clear, it felt like we were floating on air and we saw plenty of very cool fish.

Grant (Durban)

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