Maputaland region is in pristine condition because it can only be accessed with a 4x4 vehicle. But by hiking from camp to camp you can see many of the biospheres that make this area special. You will walk along sand forests, dune forests, savannah, wetlands, cross rivers and stroll along isolated beaches. At each camp you will experience a different feel and may take part in various optional activities.
T H E T R A I L I N F O
This is not the old Kosi Hike because the camps in the north burnt down and strife within the community prevents rebuilding at present. The Kosi hike is an operation from Siyazenzela. Siyazenzela, meaning we help ourselves, is an initiative of local community members and tourism operators in the region to provide tourism services and products jointly.
The new Kosi Bay hike is a collaboration between Maputaland Bush Camp & Horse Safaris, Kosi Forest Lodge, Kosi Bay Lodge, Kwadapha community and Amanzinyama Camp. Some operators provide accommodation and others provide optional activities for slack pack hikers.
Maputaland is also such a complex region, in every way imaginable, that slack packing the trail with guides and hosts is the way to go. The experience is enhanced, by having someone explain the history, the culture or the spectacular nature around a campfire evening.
Trail closed in December and first half of January due to very hot conditions and heavy rainfalls.
There are no specific departure dates, and good news is that our bookings are few and far between because this is a new product. So you may still plan ahead for any dates.
The routes are flexible but the basic slackpacker trail looks like this with 3-4 hours walking per day.
A HOST OF CAMPS AND LODGES ARE USED FOR THE HIKE AND NO TWO HIKES ARE THE SAME. WITH EACH INQUIRY WE ADJUST THE HIKE TO SUIT THE HIKER NEEDS AND AVAILABILITY OF CAMPS. AFTER YOUR INITIAL INQUIRY WE WILL WORK OUT A ROUTE ACCORDING TO THE DATES AND FITNESS OF HIKERS. IN SUMMER THE HIKES ARE MADE SHORTER DUE TO HEAT AND HUMNIDITY.
If you have less or more time available please let us know and we extend or alter the trail accordingly. Some of the routes can be daunting. Hiking 15km on a beach against a wind at high tide is not ideal. The hike can be done in fewer days by shortening the route, using transfers by vehicle or being fetched by a boat (these options have to be organized in advance). THE TRAIL IS ALWAYS MADE TO SUITE THE NEEDS OF GUESTS.
Hikes will now start at Utshwayelo because this camp can be reached with a normal vehicle. Vehicles will be stored there. Guests will be brought back to there vehicles on last day.
SLACKPACKING ROUTE - MAX 8 GUESTS Arrive
Night 1. at Camp1 Day hike circle route
Night 2. at Camp1 Hike to next camp
Night 3. at Camp2 Hike to next camp
Night 4. at Camp3 day hike circle route
Night 5. at Camp3 Leaving in morning