Kosi Forest Lodge is the only private lodge in the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve – an unspoilt wilderness that is part of the Isimangaliso (formerly Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park, now internationally recognised as a World Heritage Site. The 16-bed lodge offers comfortable accommodation, fine cuisine and caters for a host of estuarine, beach and wilderness activities. Explore this unique ecosystem by guided canoe, boat trip on the lakes, raffia forest walks or day excursion to nearby coastal beaches. Discover one of South Africa’s best ecotourist destinations.
Kosi Forest Lodge a private lodge situated in the unspoilt wilderness that is part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, now internationally recognised as a World Heritage Site. The 16-bed lodge offers comfortable accommodation, fine cuisine and caters for a host of estuarine, beach and wilderness activities. Explore this unique ecosystem by guided canoe, boat trip on the lakes, raffia forest walks or day excursion to nearby coastal beaches. Discover one of South Africa’s best ecotourist destinations.
Kosi Forest Lodge is set in a beautiful sand forest on the banks of the Kosi Lake. The thatched bush suites are carefully positioned to provide guests with privacy and an intimacy with the peaceful surroundings. The romantic en-suite bathrooms are open-air, giving guests a truly unique experience. Guests can relax at the pool with its unsurpassed views of Lake Shengeza.
Kosi Forest Lodge is located in a tranquil sand forest alongside one of the lakes in the Kosi system. Kosi Forest Lodge offers comfortable accommodation, excellent cuisine and is the perfect base from which to explore this rare ecosystem.
A massive Zulu Podberry tree is the focal point of the main lodge with the lounge, diningroom and bar all opening onto a large, wooden deck around the tree. Kosi Forest Lodge takes full advantage of Maputuland’s sultry weather with most meals served alfresco - on the deck or under large Albizia trees. A swimming pool, built into the deck, at the lake’s edge is always a welcome sight. Candles light the area at night giving it a warm, romantic ambience reminiscent of wild African adventures of long ago.
The thatched bush suites are hidden in the sand forest of the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve providing privacy under the forest’s peaceful canopy of shady trees. The rooms are raised on a wooden deck with a beautifully appointed bedroom, balcony, dressing room and separate bath and shower. The romantic en-suite bathroom is open-air in a reed-enclosed boma. Set in white beach sand and positioned under one of the huge forest trees, guests are guaranteed a truly unique experience.
The bedrooms have low wooden walls with mosquito netting and roll-up canvas blinds allowing for full views of the surrounding forest. Kosi Forest Lodge has become increasingly popular as a honeymoon destination. The honeymoon suite is completely private and allows couples to enjoy the serenity of the surrounding sand forest undisturbed.
The highlight of many guests stay at Kosi Forest Lodge is the canoe trip on the Kosi Lakes. Guests get the opportunity to canoe along the Sihadla channel and admire the magnificent Raffia Palms. The bird life while canoeing is very rewarding. Canoeing is always accompanied by a guide and is included in stays of one night. No experience is required.
The Kosi Lake system is a series of interconnected lakes which stretch over some 18km. The best way to see the system is by boat. Full day boat trips through various sized lakes and channels, include a walk through the famous Kosi Bay fish traps – a must whilst staying at Kosi Forest Lodge, as well as a picnic lunch and a swim in the sea at Bhanga Nek. This activity is included if you stay more than two nights.
Kosi Mouth Visit
This trip is a full day activity and takes just over an hour to drive to the beautiful Kosi Bay Mouth. See how the sea and lakes interconnect in a wonderful swirl of colour, sand and water. There’s great snorkelling with plenty of fish to view all year round. The water is warm and almost always crystal clear. The rock pools along this protected stretch of coastline are a virtual aquarium of brilliant sub-tropical fish. Enjoy swimming in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and soak up the sun along this beautiful stretch of beach, followed by a scrumptious picnic lunch. Limited snorkelling equipment available at the lodge.
Raffia Palm Forest Walk
Enjoy early morning or late afternoon guided walks through the magnificent Raffia Palm Forest. Listen out for the abundant birdcalls and perhaps catch a glimpse of the rare palm-nut vulture, whom we have regular sightings of in the canopy. The raffia palm is the largest palm in the world. This activity is included in stays of one night.
Tembe Elephant Park
Tembe Elephant Park is only an hour’s drive from Kosi Forest Lodge. Guests can enjoy a day game viewing in this 30,000ha wilderness. There is fantastic elephant viewing from the game hides.
Turtle tracking is offered every night from 15 November to 15 January. These excursions (including transfers to and from the beach) can last up to 3-4hrs and may return very late. Giant Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles make their way home having swum the length of the continent in a return journey to the beach where they were born. Research has shown that eggs are often laid within meters of where the mother emerged as a hatchling years previously. Guests are able to view these magnificent creatures meters from where she is laying. Utmost precaution is taken to ensure that she is not disturbed.
Explore the splendour of the Kosi Lake system on horseback, with views of the pristine beaches and visits to the many hippo pools along the way.
DirectionsFrom Johannesburg Approximately 7.5 - 8hrs From Johannesburg, head towards Piet Retief and then Pongola. Proceed through Pongola towards the town of Mkuze on the N2. 10kms before Mkuze turn left to Jozini - as you leave Jozini proceed over the dam wall. After 45km at a T-junction turn right towards “Kwangwanase”. Proceed for another 47km past Thembe Elephant Park (bad potholes, animals on road, be careful) - towards KwaNgwanase (Manguzi). For non 4x4 guests:- Drive into KwaNgwanase (Manguzi ), through the town and near the end, look out for the Total Garage – on your left handside. Advise the kiosk that you are a guest of Kosi Forest Lodge and they will tell you to park your car against the far wall. This service station has 24hr multi camera survelliance and is also open 24hrs a day. PLEASE PREBOOK WHICH PICK UP TIME YOU REQUIRE 12h00 OR 16h00. 4x4 guests:- can proceed directly to the lodge. Just before the town of KwaNgwanase/ Manguzi, turn right onto the D1843 (look out for the police station emblem and the big tele-commucations tower further up from the corner) - then follow the signs straight through to the lodge(9km's). From Durban Approximately 4.5 hours From Durban, proceed on the N2 North out of Durban bypassing Richards Bay, Empangeni and Mtubatuba and head towards the town of Hluhluwe. Turn off the N2 towards Hluhluwe, proceeding through the town until you reach the last traffic circle. Turn left towards Mbazwane/Sodwana Bay and proceed for 0.7 km and turn right again towards Sodwana Bay/Mbazwane. Shortly after turning right you will cross over a railway line. Proceed for 87 km bypassing Mbazwane on your right. Proceed straight through the circles following the signs to “Coastal Forest Reserve” and pass. Proceed for 46km km after Mbazwane (passing the Mseleni turn-off) and turn right at the circle Kosi Bay / KwaNgwanase sign. For non 4x4 guests :- Drive into KwaNgwanase (Manguzi ), through the town and near the end, look out for the Total Garage – on your left handside. Advise the kiosk that you are a guest of Kosi Forest Lodge and they will tell you to park your car against the far wall. This service station has 24hr multi camera survelliance and is also open 24hrs a day. PLEASE PREBOOK WHICH PICK UP TIME YOU REQUIRE 12h00 OR 16h00. 4x4 guests:- can proceed directly to the lodge. Nearing KwaNgwanase, turn right onto the D1843 (look out for the police station emblem and the big telecommucations tower further up from the corner) - then follow the signs straight through to the lodge(9km's). Lodge tel : 035 – 5929239 or 084 503 8738 (Connie & Zoe) Reservations: 035 4741473 or 082 466 8538 Fact File: * Kosi Forest Lodge has six twin rooms; one family suite and one honeymoon suite * All rooms have an en suite bathroom with bath and separate shower * Kosi Forest Lodge is located in the Kosi Forest Nature Reserve which is part of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, now internationally recognised as a World Heritage site * Tembe Elephant Park is a 30,000ha wilderness with brilliant elephant viewing and is only a 60-minute drive from Kosi Forest Lodge. * Kosi Forest Lodge falls within a malaria area and precautions should be taken before a visit * The nearest scheduled flights are from Richards Bay or Durban * There is a 800m grass landing-strip 9km from Kosi Forest Lodge * The lodge has no electricity