Read more: Hluhluwe
Alternating with Mtubatuba as host of the annual Game Auction every June, Hluhluwe is visitor-friendly and convenient for exploring the nearby Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and other game reserves of this area, as well as the northern resorts of St Lucia and the Elephant Coast coastline further afield.

Read more: Jozini

Jozini is the access point for the Northern Elephant Coast area or Northern Maputaland. It is a small business centre situated close to the impressive Pongolapoort Dam.

The Pongolapoort Dam is designed to irrigate more than 80 000 hectares of agricultural land supporting products such as sugar cane, rice, coffee, fibre crops and various sub-tropical fruits.

Read more: Kosi Bay

Home to the Tsonga people and their primitive, yet ingenious, traditional fish traps, Kosi Bay's unique eco-system and vast wildlife is rapidly becoming the favorite place of modern-day Elephant Coast or Maputaland explorers.

Read more: MkuzeMkuze is a small Elephant Coast trade and transport centre. It is also the name of one of the Elephant Coast waterways that meanders across the southern expanse of Maputaland, eventually feeding into the Isimangaliso wetlands.

The Mkuze River cuts through the Ubombo Mountains before serving as a boundary for Zululand's famous Mkuze Game Reserve now part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park.

Read more: Mtubatuba

Mtubatuba (the name comes from the local Zulu chief) is a small, busy and vital center which offers local communities access to supplies, markets and other facilities.

It also provides an ideal overnight stop for travelers going north or south, and access to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve from the south.

Read more: Sodwana BayIn addition to a prime hotel and lodge, self-catering holiday chalets, tent sites and caravan parks are spread through many hectares of coastal forest making Sodwana a leading domestic holiday destination.

Sodwana Bay also provides an access point to 50km of unspoilt reefs for beach revelers, divers and anglers to indulge in the spectacular coastline and warm Indian Ocean (above and below the surface).

The famous coelacanth, once believed to be extinct is just one of 1 200 fish species identified here.

Read more: St LuciaIsimangaliso is an enclave within the World Heritage Site of Isimangaliso and presents the entire range of accommodation options - from back-packer to ultra-luxury - and while the approach from Mtubatuba is breathtaking, nothing compares to views of the surrounding magic from the village itself.

A particular nearby attraction to Isimangaliso is the Crocodile Centre that features a breeding programmed for two endangered African species - the dwarf and long-snout crocodile.

Mission Rocks is a popular outdoor barbeque spot some 15kms north of St Lucia village.