Where in South Africa can you sleep in a sand forest on the edge of a lake, soak in a tub set in pearl-white sand beneath the stars, and spend blissful days walking in raffia forests, canoeing on beautiful channels, and snorkelling at a secret paradise where the Kosi River meets the big sea? And what’s more, you will barely see another soul, save for your hosts, fellow guests and a handful of local people going about their fishing. This is all yours at Kosi Forest Lodge, a fantastic nature hideout tucked away between the trees beside Lake Kosi in Kzn.
Kosi Forest Lodge has one of the finest addresses on the planet, in a wilderness that forms part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park. It’s the only private lodge in the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, it’s one of the world’s recognised jewels, and it’s one of South Africa’s best ecotourist destinations.
Accommodation: Thatch and canvas cabins are hidden in surroundings with masses of palpable bliss. The en-suite bathrooms are divinely open-air; from the tub you can have the stars wink at you through the foliage of the forest. The pool is another prime rest-spot, with extraordinary views of Lake Shengeza.
The Kosi Bay Nature Reserve encircles the rare lake system of Kosi Bay – one of the best-preserved estuary systems on South Africa’s Indian Ocean coastline. The reserve is a utopia of crystal waters, swamplands and coastal forests alive with birds. Hippo and crocodile live in and around the lakes, whilst all manner of unusual fish, plants and animals inhabit the reserve.
The local people use traditional fishing methods to harvest fish in the estuary. Attractive fish traps are placed throughout the estuary, providing food for the local people and an attraction for visitors.
Activities: during your stay at Kosi Forest Lodge, you can do a canoe trip on the lakes, go boating amid fish traps, and enter amazing raffia palm forests. One of the highlights is an all-day activity to the exquisite Kosi Bay Mouth. Here, the sea and lakes meet, creating a spectacular picture. Snorkelling is excellent all year round in the clear warm waters.
Another fabulous activity is turtle tracking, offered at night from 15 November to 15 January. View enormous Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles on the shores of their birthplace, to which they return to lay their eggs. These excursions are truly awesome.
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Mail us to book, or call +27 21 797-7122 or 0860 102 907.