Kosi Forest Lodge

Beach Lodge, KwaZulu-Natal


The only private lodge in the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve (part of the UNESCO-protected Isimangaliso Wetland Park) this eco-heaven stands out for its extraordinary activity list. Canoe excursions, beach trips, cruises, walks – all are possible.  Set within a lakeside sand forest amid mangroves and fig trees, the rustic, 20-bed lodge also offers comfortable accommodation, home cooking and splendid views.  It’s a charming, enchanting place to stay.


Kosi’s 10 thatched suites are ‘hidden’ in the indigenous forest, secluded along sand walkways along the shores of the lake.  Each suite is raised on a wooden deck to provide panoramic lake views; the most attention-grabbing feature are open-air, reed-enclosed bathrooms, including showers and a tub.  The Honeymoon suite affords additional privacy.


Ringing a massive Zulu podberry, the central lodge area’s lounge, dining room and bar all open onto a large, wooden deck around the tree.  That deck has a swimming pool built into it, facing beautiful Lake Shengeza, while nearby is a campfire area and the canopied bush-dining space.  Candles and lanterns light the lodge at night to create a romantic, rustic and relaxing atmosphere.


Guided canoe trips (no experience required) into the wetlands are many people’s favourite: you push back ferns, listen to eerie sounds and look for the rare Palm Nut Vulture.  Full-day cruises explore further into the lake system, with the swamps and open water hosting crocodiles and hippos.  Another excursion visits Kosi River Mouth, with swimming and snorkelling on offer, and yet another goes turtle tracking at night (November-February only).  If that’s not enough, birding walks, trips to Tembe Elephant Park and palm wine-tasting are also possible.  Most activities are included in the board, as are all meals.

Child Policy 

Kosi Forest Lodge is ideal for families with teens who can partake in the activities.  Two adjacent suites interconnect to provide a family option.

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