Kosi Bay lodge offers everything an African Bush lodge should . . . and then some.
Two, four and six bedded rustic eco friendly lodges and chalets are comfortably appointed amongst large Umdoni trees. Structures consist of thatched roofs, treated wooden poles, raised wooden floors and reed walls – typically Tsonga/Zulu style. All chalets have fully equipped kitchens with private braai or boma areas that are serviced daily. The recent addition of a Safari Tent Camp with three twin tents on raised platforms, en-suite facilities and an additional open air shower offers a rustic yet comfortable atmosphere around a private pool. Accent at the Lodge is on comfort, informal yet personal service and personal attention. Sip sundowners in the Umdoni Pub with amazing views over the lake and Bhanga Neck or enjoy mouth watering cuisine with a distinct local flavour in the cosy atmosphere of the Umdodi Restaurant overlooking the pool and sun deck.
Boat cruises, Guided 4x4 excursions, Snorkelling, Walking trails, Bird watching, Fishing safaris on the Lake and Turtle Tours (in season 1 Nov – 31 Jan). Option excursions to Ponto D’Ouro in Southern Mozambique can be arranged on request.
The 18 km chain of lakes, opening to a warm sea, has been home to the Tsonga people for more than 700 years. Let a knowledegable skipper show you the three lakes departing from the third and largest lake, only 500m from the lodge, through the second lake to the first and saltiest lake separated by a vegetated sand dune from the Indian Ocean and famous Kosi Mouth. Strikingly beautiful fish kraals made of Red Heart tree branches punctuate the lakes. Governed by a Tsonga kinship systems, the kraals harvest the rich nursery of fresh fish providing the main source of protein for each family.
A slow chug through the channels that link this complex lake system offers possible sightings of 250 odd bird species, flocks of flamingos and lazy crocodile if you look carefully. While cruising along the tranquil lake, hippos grunt an yawn to add a touch of adrenaline to a beautiful tour.
The lakes are a fisherman’s paradise offering bait fishing for grunter, rock salmon and yellowfin bream. For the brave - kingfish, sea pike and springer offer a challenging fight on fly rods. Charter fishing with experienced guides available on request.
Kosi Bay Mouth
A slow yet scenic 4x4 drive will get you to a spectacular Kosi Mouth where an expanse of snow white beach and coconut palms entice the curious snorkeller or the enthusiastic surf fisherman. Those slightly more adventurous may choose to hike from 1st lake, through dune forests with a wealth of wildlife, through to the mouth.
The coral reef and tidal pools are bursting with tropical fish and other marine treasures- a kaleidoscope of colours and shapes to entrance you as you drift around the lagoon mouth. A small braai area framed by palms and cheeky Vervet monkeys is a perfect place to relax for lunch with a view almost surreal in its splendour.
Access permits to Kosi Mouth are limited to 16 vehicles per day. A private and meaningful experience in this exquisite remote area guaranteed
After an early dinner at the lodge, enjoy a 25min boat transfer over the moonlit 3rd lake to Bhanga neck, where a walk along the secluded beach finds nesting Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles. The only activity of its kind in South Africa, the trip has been deemed a deeply spiritual and moving experience not easily described in words.
After birth new female turtles go on a mind boggling journey following the warm Mozambique current down the east coast of Africa.
Remarkably, they return from November to January every year to the very same beach that they were born on to repeat the cycle. A riveting experience not to be missed.
The Leatherback turtle is the heaviest living reptile (2.5 m / 654 kg), with disconnected shell plates embedded in tough skin. A rare species breeding on the KZN coast
Other species that can be found in the area include Loggerhed, Hawksbill, green and olive Ridley turtles.
Tembe Elephant Park
Only 45 min drive from Kosi Bay the sand dune forests of Tembe Elephant Park plays host to the Big 5 as well as Giraffe, Kudu, Zebra and a host of other more common antelope. Pack a picnic basket and spend some time marvelling at the Elephants and other game who visit the hides to quench their thirst or traverse the many sand tracks in search of other game and the abundant bird life.
A 4x4 is required to visit the park or join our experienced guides and share in their local knowledge.
Following an unmarked 4x4 sand trail through grasslands dotted with picturesque Tsonga villages, freshwater lakes and spectacular scenery, one arrives just south of Kosi Bay within the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. An impressive brown sandstone rock, known as Black Rock, juts out into the warm Indian Ocean and an adjacent bay, modest in size, yet unreserved in beauty and wildlife, offers an array of spectacular activities for the whole family.
These include fascinating snorkelling opportunities, surf and rock angling, surf-ski fishing, shell hunting or a leisurely stroll on the golden brown beaches where clean sand squeaks underfoot. For the adventurous a half day horse ride can be arranged ending in a welcome picnic lunch on the beach. Exclusivity is ensured in that a limited number of vehicle access permits are issued daily.
Thatched roofs with wooden floors offers cool and comfortable accommodation that blends in with the sandy and leafy tropical surroundings. Self catering chalets are also available. Safari style tents around a swimming pool are an excellent facility for conferences and team building getaways, while the 2-8 sleeping Tsonga style cabins are refreshingly private. Self and full catering units are available, while all paths eventually lead to the locally renowned Umdoni Restaurant. From the freshest seafood platters boasting Tiger prawns to mouth-watering steaks and even vegetarian options, the friendly staff and talented chefs ensure a meal to remember, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The Kosi Bar upstairs with a deck looking out onto thick forests and sheets of fertile lake, brings home the feeling of idyllic seclusion, where you can sip sundowners and laze the evening away.
The lodge maintains a perfect balance of luxury, class and comfort; hospitality second to none as well as all the privacy you could desire.