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 - Activities:
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.
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.
Guests at Kosi Forest Lodge can witness the incredible act of Giant Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles laying their eggs. Turtle tracking is offered every night from 15 November to 15 January. These magnificent creatures return to the Maputuland coastline every year, having swum the length of the African continent, and return to the beach where they hatched.
Accommodation at Kosi Forest Lodge:
8 thatch & canvas rooms on raised wooden decks, unique open-air, reed enclosed bathrooms with the bath and shower sunk into white forest sand. All beds have mosquito nets.
- 2 x double rooms
- 4 x twin rooms
- 2 x family suite – 2 rooms sharing a bathroom
All children welcome. Kosi Forest Lodge has 1 family suite with 2 interleading rooms. Children under 8 to have dinners from 67pm.
Access to Kosi Forest Lodge:
From JHB airport 8 hours, (680km) Durban airport, 5 hrs (433km) Richards Bay airport, 4 hrs (251km) to lodge. (2 x 4 car park 30mins less)
4 x 4 Access: 4 x 4 Access required The last 30 minutes is a 4x4 track. Guests in 2x4 vehicles will be collected at the Total Service station in Manguzi and transferred in open 4x4 vehicles to the lodge. There are two transfer times daily: 12h00 or 16h00 only.
Self drive 2 x 4 (Total Garage KwaNgwanase) pick up/ collections times (12h00 or 16h00 ONLY.) There is no charge for this. Guests to please phone the lodge from Pongola or Hluhluwe if they anticipate being late for the collection times.
Facilities & Services:
- Children under 12 years
- Honeymoon Couples
- Babysitting Service
- Laundry Service
- Special Meals on Request
- Dining room
- Bar on the Premises
- Parking (off-street - covered)
- Xhosa / Zulu
- Other Language
- Hiking / Walking Trails
- Swimming Pool
Kosi Forest Lodge guests are accommodated in thatched bedrooms, on raised wooden decks, hidden in the sand forest. All beds have mosquito nets. The unique open-air, reed enclosed bathrooms with the bath and shower sunk into white forest sand, has been noted by many guests as one of the highlights of their stay. Each room has an indoor shower as well to cater for the less adventurous.
The family units are 2 bedrooms linked by a wooden walkway. They each have an ensuite shower, basin and toilet, and share the outdoor bathroom, described above.
Kosi Forest Lodge Activities:
The highlight for many at Kosi Forest Lodge is the canoeing trip on the Kosi Lakes. The best time for this activity is in the early morning and lasts for approximately 2 hours. Guides escort you by canoe along the Sihadla channel where the bird life is very rewarding and the scenery peaceful and breath taking.
The Kosi Lakes are a series of interconnected lakes which stretch over some 18km. The best way to see the system is by boat. The full day excursion leaves shortly after breakfast and travels through the lake system and estuarine waterways. The guides stop along the way and explain the traditional fishing traps and the traditions the Tsonga community have developed to live in balance with the lake system. A picnic lunch is served on the banks of the scenic lakeside. After your meal, you will continue on to Bhanga Nek beach where you can enjoy one last swim before heading back to the Lodge.
Guests can enjoy a guided walk through magnificent Raffia Palms - the tallest in the world! Home to the Palm Nut Vulture and Pel's Fishing Owl, the area can be explored by birders at their leisure.
Day trips are available to the Kosi Bay Mouth, where one can enjoy a picnic on the banks of the mouth and enjoy snorkeling.
Between 15 Nov and 15 Feb Turtle tours take place.
Kosi Forest Lodge Map:
Clothing & Accessories:
Casual wear should be comfortable and cool. Remember to bring swimwear, sun hats and sandals for the beach. We supply snorkels and goggles, beach shade and beach towels. Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes or track shoes and an all weather outdoor anorak/windbreaker are recommended. Please bring sun block and mosquito repellent.
Health & Climate:
Please note that Northern Kwazulu Natal is a malaria area.
May to September temperatures range from 10 degrees to 25 degrees.
Sunny days with cool evenings and early mornings.
Sea temperatures between 18 degrees and 22 degrees.
October to April temperatures range from 20 degrees to 26 degrees.
Days are hot and humid with occasional afternoon and evening thunderstorms.
Sea temperatures between 21 degrees and 26 degrees.
Kosi Forest Lodge Guest Reviews
Average Guest Rating:
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Kosi Forest Lodge is a very nice place for experiencing one of the most beautiful parts of SA nature.
Rating: Reviewed by Niel Van Meeuwen over a year ago
It was a personal experience that I will treasure. Chris, Ilana and Blessing were extremely accommodating and hospitable, who also took the time to get to know us. Our tummies were always full as they provided very good meals on all activities. It was an awesome experience living in the middle ofthe forest and I would definitely go back soon.
Rating: Reviewed by Kes Thandroyen over a year ago
All is perfect. Do not change anything!
Rating: Reviewed by Jean Pierre Delahegue over a year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Food was outstanding and the level of service excellent. The tents were very comfortable and the shower/bath area was lovely. Enjoyed all the trips that we undertook.
Rating: Reviewed by Joyce Serf over a year ago
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