Let Southbound take you to a very special place on the south-eastern coast of Africa—to the Elephant Coast of the Zulu Kingdom in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, where you’ll find the breathtakingly beautiful, 260,000-hectare Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. From whales to tropical fish, from rhino to its unique birdlife, this patchwork of wetlands, dunes and costal forest has it all.
Lake St. Lucia, Africa’s largest estuary, is home to the greatest congregation of hippos and crocodiles in South Africa
Eight inter-linking ecosystems, 3 major lake systems, 220km of Indian Ocean coastline and beaches
190km² of marine reserve with 100 species of coral
Five tribal groups, 700 years of traditional fish traps
129 mammal, 128 reptile, 526 bird, 1,039 fish and 282 butterfly species
The last major breeding ground for the giant leatherback and loggerhead turtles
Philip Briggs is a travel writer specialising in Africa. Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, he first backpacked between Nairobi and Cape Town in 1986 and has been travelling the highways and byways of Africa ever since. Published in 1991, his Bradt Guide to South Africa was the first such guidebook to be published internationally. Over the rest of the 1990s, he wrote a series of pioneering Bradt Guides to destinations that were then – and in some cases still are – otherwise practically uncharted by the travel publishing industry. These included the first dedicated guidebooks to Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana and Rwanda (co-authored with Janice Booth), all now in their 3rd to 6th edition.
Philip has visited more than two dozen African countries in total and written about most of them, whether it be for guidebook publishers such as AA, APA-Insight, Berlitz, Camerapix, Dorling Kindersley, Frommers and Struik-New Holland, or for specialist travel and wildlife magazines including Africa Birds & Birding, Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Travel Africa and Wanderlust.