Kosi Bay Forest Lodge

Bhanga Nek in Isimangaliso

Bhanga Nek in Isimangaliso

Kosi Forest

Kosi Forest

Kite spider in Raffia Forest

Kite spider in Raffia Forest

Raffia Forests

Raffia Forests

Kosi Forest Camp

Kosi Forest Camp

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Why photographers love Kosi Bay Forest Lodge

This 20-bedded lodge built from wood and natural materials has a swimming pool and dining area and is set in thick sandforest in the northern part ofIsimangaliso Wetland Park at Kosi Bay. Part of a World Heritage Site that covers 4 lake systems, coastal forest and marine reserves, it includes the Maputaland
Centre of Endemism, which is a botanical hostpot. Thonga people use fishing practices here that date back some 700 years.

Photographers will find a wilderness including raffia palm and coastal forest and interesting scenes all through the year. From 15 November to 15 January, turtle tracking on the beach at Bhanga Neck is a must. Mostly leatherback and loggerhead come to nest here on the same beaches where they were hatched. We enjoyed guided canoe trips, walks, boat trips on the lakes and to the beaches. Kosi Mouth is also a highlight with excellent snorkeling at Kosi Mouth in the “aquarium”.

How we rate Kosi Bay Forest Lodge

Wilderness starstarstar
Cultural starstarstar
Landscapes starstarstarstar
Lodge starstarstar
Forests starstarstar
Vehicles and Guides starstarstar
Authenticity starstarstarstar

How to get there

It’s roughly five hours drive to reach Kosi Bay from Durban. Guests in two-wheel drive vehicles are transported the last few kilometres in a lodge 4×4.

The good news

The lodge is authentic with great staff that have worked here for many years. Part of the Isibindi Group, it was the first private operator-community development within the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve.

Photographers need to know

Batteries are charged in the central dining area. Photographing local fishermen requires special arrangements as they do not allow it.

What it costs

The rates are from R1780 per person per day including meals, and canoeing activities.