South African Lodges
Kosi Bay
Isimangaliso Wetland Park
South Africa
Lodge Type

The Kosi Forest Lodge nestles within the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.  As part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, which is an internationally recognised World Heritage Site, the unspoilt reserve incorporates the beautiful Kosi Bay lake system.  It is characterised by marshland, crystal clear water, swamp and coastal forests which are home to about 250 species of bird.

Set in a magnificent sand forest, right on the banks of the Kosi Lake, the lodge's comfortable thatched bush suites have been carefully positioned to ensure the privacy of guests in this peaceful and tranquil surrounding.  The en-suite bathrooms are unique in a way that they are open-air, providing visitors with a truly unique nature experience.  The rooms are raised on wooden decks with the romantic bathroom being outdoor in a reed-enclosed boma.

Thatched bush suite features:

  • En-suite bathroom (bath and shower)
  • Balcony
  • Dressing room
  • Verandah.

Facilities & Services

The large Zulu Podberry tree is the main characteristic of the main lodge where the comfortable lounge, the welcoming dining room and the bar are located opening onto a large, wooden deck around the tree.  The lodge takes full advantage of the region's ideal weather with most meals being served outdoors, alfresco style. 

The deck and the Albizia trees make for a most beautiful dining location.  The outdoor swimming pool has been built into the floor which can be found at the edge of the lake.  Decorated with candles during the evenings, a romantic ambience reminiscent of the wild African adventures from long ago is created at the lodge making for a magical setting in the heart of nature.

WiFi is available in the main lodge area.  The lodge's WiFi can be intermittent and rather slow due to satellite connection and is adversely affected by inclement weather.

Facilities and services:

  • Dining room and bar
  • Wooden deck
  • Swimming pool
  • Transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping
  • WiFi connection (main lodge).


The beautiful canoe trip on the Kosi Lakes is a particular highlight for guests.  While no experience is required, participants canoe along the Sinhala channel, admire the Raffia Palms and enjoy the abundance of colourful bird life around them.  

With its 18km long stretch, the Kosi Lake system features many interconnected lakes which are a unique adventure when being explored by boat. The full day boat trip through the lake's channels includes a walk through the Kosi Bay fish traps as well as a picnic lunch and a swim in the sea at Bhanga Nek.


  • Guided canoeing
  • Boat trips
  • Turtle tracking
  • Kosi Mouth Visit
  • Raffia Palm Forest Walk
  • Tembe Elephant Park.

Turtle tracking

One of the most unusual activities is the turtle monitoring which is available every night between the 15 November to the 15 January.  

Visitors have the unique opportunity to witness the Giant Leatherback and the Loggerhead turtles laying their eggs in the sand.  They return to the Maputuland coastline every year, having swum the incredible length of the entire African continent, and then come back to the beach where they hatched.


  • Giant Leatherback turtles
  • Loggerhead turtles.

Kosi Lake System

Hippos and crocodiles are home in this calm environment basking in the sunshine in and around the lakes and the reserve.  The Kosi lake system in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is recognised as one of the best-preserved estuary systems on South Africa’s Indian Ocean coastline.  

This region has large lakes which include many inter-connecting channels which drain through a sandy lagoon into the Indian Ocean.


  • Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)
  • Crocodiles
  • Water Mongoose
  • Clawless Otter

Rare bird species:

  • Flufftail
  • White-backed Night Heron
  • Crab Plover
  • Greater flamingoes
  • Lesser flamingoes
  • Ospreys

Below detailed information about the Kosi Forest Lodge is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Balconies
  • Bedside table
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Lounge
  • Outside Shower
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Viewing Deck
  • Writing desk

  • Guided canoeing
  • Boat trips
  • Guided canoeing
  • Turtle tracking
  • Kosi Mouth Visit
  • Raffia Palm Forest Walk
  • Tembe Elephant Park.

  • Boma
  • Cocktail Bar
  • Hammock
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Outdoor shower
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • 24 - hour reception service
  • Basic first aid assistance
  • Braai & Barbeque
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Luggage storage
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris

Available Rooms

Double Room

Single Room R3240
Double Room R4980

Family Room

Single Room R3240
Double Room R4980

Twin Room

The rooms at the Lodge are situated a raised on a wooden deck that includes a; private balcony, dressing room, and en-suite bathroom. The en-suite bathroom is in the open-air allowing guests to experience an authentic forest feel throughout their stay,

Room Amenities:

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Private balcony
  • Outdoor bathroom
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Mosquito nets
Single Room R3240
Double Room R4980

Kosi Forest Lodge Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Stay for 3 nights at Kosi Forest Lodge and only pay for 2 nights. This offer is valid for May - June 2018 and May - June 2019.

Included in the rate:

  • accommodation, meals, teas & coffees, guided canoe trip and guided walk in Raffia Forest

Excluded from the rate:

  • Excludes park fees
  • Drinks, gratuities and items of a personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid for 1 May - 30 June 2018 and 1 May - 30 June 2019
  • Only valid for a minimum 3 night stay
  • Subject to availability

Spend two nights or more during February 2019 at Kosi Forest Lodge and your partner stays for free. R5,440.00 per couple for two nights sharing

Minimum 2 night stay. Limited Rooms Only


Included in the rate:

  • accommodation, meals, guided canoeing on Kosi Lakes System and guided walk in Raffia Forest

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Park fees, drinks, gratuities, items of a personal nature & optional guided day trips

Terms and Conditions:

  • Subject to availability
  • Subject to 2 people sharing a room for a minimum of 2 nights
  • This offer does not apply to children, and they will pay full children's rates
  • Limited number of rooms available on this special ; strictly subject to availability
  • Valid for February 2019; block out dates may apply

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -27.028771

Longitude: 32.786551


Recommended route from Johannesburg: (8 hours)

From Johannesburg head to Piet Retief and Pongola on the N2 and proceed south towards Mkuze.
Approximately 45km from Pongola and 10km before Mkuze turn left towards Jozini.
On leaving Jozini take a left turn towards the Coastal Forest Reserve and KwaNgwanase (signposted), ensuring that you are proceeding over the Pongola dam wall.
After 45km at a T-junction turn right towards KwaNgwanase.
Proceed for another 47 km past Tembe Elephant Park towards the town of Manguzi (KwaNgwanase) and follow the directions below depending on whether you have a 4x4 or not.

Please note that the route from Jozini onwards often has cattle wandering across it, some of the signs have fallen down and so caution and slower driving speeds are necessary.

Please check on local websites (the AA website is particularly recommended) for advice on road works particularly between Johannesburg and Kosi.

Directions from Durban City: (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.
Take exit P453/R22 towards Hluhluwe. Turn right over the highway.
Proceed through the town of Hluhluwe go through 3 traffic circles and turn left towards Mbazwane/Sodwana Bay.
Proceed for 0.7 km and turn right again towards Sodwana Bay/Mbazwane. Shortly after turning right you will cross over a railway line.
You will now be on the R22, continue on this road for 125km passing Sodwana Bay and Mbazwana, until you come to a traffic circle where you cannot continue straight any more.
At this traffic circle turn right towards Kwangwanase/Kosi Bay and follow the directions below, depending on whether you have a 4x4 or not.
For non 4 x 4 guests : From the traffic circle drive 22km into KwaNgwanase (Manguzi or Kosi Bay). Proceed into the town and look out for the Total Garage - on your left hand side.
Once you arrive at this service station, a Kosi representative will meet you there and drive you to a secure car park not far away.
The trip to the lodge from here will be approximately 25mins in an open 4 x 4 vehicle.


4 x 4 guests going direct to the lodge:
From the traffic circle travel 21km and then turn right onto the D1843 which is marked by a small green sign post with D1843 and a police station sign (a police badge emblem).
Note that both these signs are quite small so you need be alert and look out for them. Follow this road as it bends right and just before the police station turn left onto a gravel road and follow the signs to Kosi Forest Lodge. (9kms)


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

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