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iSimangaliso Scenic Drive

Hluhluwe - Kosi Bay

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Landscape Landscape
Beach Beach
Wildlife Wildlife
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Comfort Comfort
Road conditions Road conditions
Urban life Urban life
iSimangaliso Scenic Drive ACTIVATE MAP Stages1 km178 h/stage4.4

Best months to drive

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a iSimangaliso Scenic Drive in Republic of South Africa?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 54EUR drive & more 25EUR sleep & more 55EUR eat & more 48EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 128EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 182EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 81EUR drive & more 38EUR sleep & more 110EUR eat & more 72EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 220EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 301EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 144EUR drive & more 38EUR sleep & more 187EUR eat & more 96EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 321EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 465EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 225EUR drive & more 50EUR sleep & more 55EUR eat & more 48EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 153EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 378EUR
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iSimangaliso Itinerary

The iSimangaliso Scenic Drive is a 178km road trip through the stunning landscapes of the Republic of South Africa. Starting in the city of Hluhluwe and ending in Kosi Bay, the drive takes one day to complete, and is best enjoyed between the months of October and April. The route takes you through a variety of stunning landscapes and nature reserves, along with stunning beaches and breathtaking views. You'll have the chance to observe the diverse wildlife of South Africa and explore the unique ecosystems. Please note that road conditions can be poor in some areas and roads can be narrow in places, so take care when driving. Despite this, the iSimangaliso Scenic Drive provides an unforgettable experience and memories that will last a lifetime. Suitable for any driver, and with a moderate budget, this road trip is one that should not be missed.
number of days 1 number of days
route length 178 km route length
budget fair budget
good for family good for
traffic direction on the left traffic direction
accident level moderate accident level

START Hluhluwe

Distance 178 km Driving time 4.4 h Pace: slow 41.0 kWh Airports MZQ , RCB
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Hluhluwe is a small town located in the Republic of South Africa, perfect for the start of the road trip called "iSimangaliso Scenic Drive". The town offers a range of interesting sights to visitors, such as the nearby False Bay Nature Reserve and the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. The False Bay Nature Reserve has a variety of wildlife, including antelopes, crocodiles, and elephants. The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is a great place to explore and observe the big five African animals - lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and buffalo - in their natural habitat. The closest international airport to Hluhluwe is King Shaka International Airport (IATA: DUR), located approximately 135 km away. Car rentals are available at the airport for those wishing to continue their journey by car. Hluhluwe is a great place to start the "iSimangaliso Scenic Drive" and is an ideal destination for those looking for an unforgettable African experience. With its diverse wildlife and stunning scenery, Hluhluwe is the perfect place to start an adventure.

1 Hluhluwe - Kosi Bay

Distance 178 km Driving time 4.4 h Pace: modest 46.4 kWh View map Itinerary
4WD recommended stretches of gravel road limited number of petrol stations dining venues scenic road sections of narrow road junction of road trips accommodation options
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Embark on a 178km journey from Hluhluwe in the Republic of South Africa to Kosi Bay that will take you fewer than 5 hours. This is one of the most scenic roads you will ever get to drive and it is advisable to have a 4WD car. As you drive, you will be passing through the iSimangaliso National Park, one of South Africa’s most popular tourist attractions. While there, don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore the park’s wetlands, lakes, and beaches. Be warned, however, that there may be sections of the road that are narrow and that there may be few gas stations along the way. Make sure to take in the beautiful views of the park as you drive. When you reach Kosi Bay, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. To make the most of your journey, make sure to check out the Itinerary for this stage for more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route.

  Kosi Bay

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The iSimangaliso Scenic Drive is the perfect way to explore the beauty of South Africa's Kosi Bay. Located in the Maputaland region, Kosi Bay offers plenty of exciting activities to take part in. From exploring the area's mangrove swamps and wetland forests, to taking part in traditional fishing methods, there is something for everyone. Kosi Bay is also known for its stunning beaches. The beaches of Kosi Mouth, Bhanga Nek and Mabibi are perfect for sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling. The warm Indian Ocean waters are a paradise for anyone looking to get a tan and take in the breathtaking views of the bay. If you're looking for a bit of adventure, head to the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve. Here you can explore the unique coastal forests and wetlands, as well as spot some of the area's rare wildlife. In addition, you can also take part in a traditional fishing experience, where you can learn about the local fishing methods and try your hand at catching some fish. For those traveling by air, the closest international airport is King Shaka International Airport (DUR), located in Durban, South Africa. At the end of the iSimangaliso Scenic Drive, be sure to take the time to explore the beauty of Kosi Bay. From enjoying the stunning beaches to discovering the area's unique wildlife, you won't want to miss out on all the fun that the area has to offer.

iSimangaliso at a glance

Facts for safer driving in Republic of South Africa

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.5
max speed urban max speed urban 60 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 120 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 120 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime off
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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