Kosi Forest Lodge (Kwa-Zulu Natal)

Kosi Forest Lodge

Kosi Forest Lodge is an intimate lodge situated under a canopy of magnificent trees within a tranquil sand forest alongside the Kosi Lakes System. An unspoiled wilderness area that is part of the iSimangaliso World Heritage Park in northern KwaZulu Natal. This 20 bed lodge caters for a host of estuarine, beach and wilderness activities.

A lovely sweeping pool overlooks Lake Shengeza where one can relax on the viewing deck in the shade of Umdoni trees. While watching hippos & flamingos in the lake.

South Africa flamingos

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Kosi Forest Lodge Accommodation

All rooms have a private deck, safe, fans, tea and coffee making facilities

Forest Rooms (x 6)

Made of thatch, wood and canvas, the Forest Rooms are raised on wooden stilts in the midst of the indigenous forest. There is a choice of double or twin rooms.

All rooms have an en-suite shower, toilet and basin as well as a romantic outdoor bathroom boma with a shower and bath set in soft white sand. The beds are dressed in crisp linen with wide, draping mosquito nets.

Kwa-Zulu Natal accommodation at Kosi Forest Lodge
Forest Rooms
Kosi Forest Lodge
En suite open air boma bathrooms

Family Rooms (x 2)

Kosi Forest Lodge is an outdoor paradise for children. Families can easily be accommodated in the two Family Rooms. Made of thatch, wood and canvas, the rooms are raised on wooden stilts in the midst of the indigenous forest.

The Family Rooms comprise two en-suite rooms. They have a shared outdoor bathroom boma with a shower and bath set in soft white sand. The beds are dressed in crisp linen with wide, draping mosquito nets. The 2 rooms are connected by an outdoor passage of approximately 2 meters long.

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Family Room second bedroom

Family Vacations

Kosi Forest Lodge is an outdoor paradise for children. Set under the canopy of the sand forest, kids can run barefoot and explore all there is to see and do.

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Kids will love the activities on offer at Kosi Forest Lodge

There are no triple rooms at Kosi Forest Lodge. Children up to 3 years old stay for free.

Child Policy in Forest Rooms

Adults4 – 12 yrs13 – 18 yrs
1 x adult sharing with 1 x child older than 3 yearsAdult ratePays 75% of adult ratePays 100% of adult rate
1 x adult sharing with 1 x child younger than 3 yearsAdult rate plus 30%n/an/a
1 x adult sharing with 2 x childrenAdult ratePays 50% of adult ratePays 75% of adult rate

Child Policy in Family Rooms

Adults4 – 12 yrs13 – 18 yrs
2 x adults sharing with 2 x childrenAdult rate x 2Pays 50% of adult ratePays 75% of adult rate
2 x adults sharing with 1 x childAdult rate x 2Pays 50% of adult ratePays 75% of adult rate
1 x adult sharing with 2 x childrenAdult rate plus 30%Pays 50% of adult ratePays 75% of adult rate

Kosi Forest Lodge Activities

To truly appreciate the beauty of the unique surrounding ecosystem of waterways, intertwined lakes, grasslands and ancient forests, you need to spend a few days exploring. Either by canoe, motorized boat or on foot. With so much to do, your only regret will be not having booked to stay for longer at this otherworldly paradise.

Discover one of South Africa’s best ecotourist destinations.

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Guided Canoe trips

The highlight for many at Kosi Forest Lodge is the canoeing trip on the Kosi Lakes. The best time for this activity is in the early morning and lasts for approximately 2 hours. Guides escort you by canoe along the Siyadla channel where the bird life is very rewarding and the scenery peaceful and breath taking.

Canoe the mangrove swamps

Full Day Boat Trip on the Kosi Lakes

The Kosi Lake ecosystem is unlike anything in the world and consists of multiple lakes connected by narrow channels. These gradually transition from freshwater to estuary to seawater as they approach the ocean at the picturesque Kosi Mouth. The area is one of very few places on earth to have five different species of mangroves.

The optional excursion travels through the lake system and estuarine waterways. Highlights of the full day outing include spotting aquatic life in the crystal-clear warm water. Hippos, crocodiles, flamingos and a host of other aquatic species. Rare birds like the Pels Fishing Owl and Palm Nut Vulture are a highlight. You may also get the chance to enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of Third Lake and then walk over the dune to the beach at Bhanga Nek.

The guides stop along the way and explain the traditional fishing traps and the traditions of the Tsonga community, who live in balance with the lake system.

Fish traps

Raphia Forest Walk

“Otherworldly” describes the feeling of walking the meandering pathways among the forest of giant Raphia palm trees in Kosi Bay. As you wander through scenery befitting the Jurassic age, listen out for the tell-tale calls of the abundant bird life. Perhaps catch a glimpse of the rare Palm-nut Vulture and Pel’s Fishing Owl. It is also home to a wide array of butterfly species that will greet you with their kaleidoscope colors. Local guides will share their extensive knowledge of local fauna and flora. Or, pop in anytime you like. This is a nature lover’s delight.

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Forest Walk
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Palm-Nut Vulture

4×4 trip to Kosi Bay Mouth

A day trip to Kosi Bay Mouth for a bit of beach fun and wonderful snorkeling in the shallows of the lake near the mouth. There is a lovely secluded reef close the the mouth. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the lake under palm trees.

Additional charge for this activity.

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Kosi mouth

Turtle Walks

Only on offer in season from 15th November to 15th January, guests have the privilege of seeing mother turtles as they return to the beach to lay their eggs. Often the same beach where they began life as a hatchling. This is an exciting nocturnal expedition that involves a 4×4 drive to the beach where the evening walk commences. Climbing over the sand dunes and combing the beach. All in the hopes of discovering a female turtle heaving herself out of the water and up the beach above the tidal zone to find her ideal nesting site. She then digs a hole with her flippers and enters into a hormone-induced trance while she lays her eggs. Before covering them over and lolloping back to the ocean. This activity is not suitable for children under the age of eight years.

This activity attracts an additional charge and it is weather dependent.

Turtle nesting
Turtle walks

Kosi Forest Lodge Birding

Kosi Forest Lodge is a birder’s paradise. With a myriad of ebullient feathered friends welcoming you to the pristine soft sand forest. The rich and diverse bird life in this region comprises forest, riverine, coastal and grassland varieties. And includes more than a few highly sought after species. Bird watching is something that can be done continuously throughout your stay at the lodge.

With ever-shrinking natural spaces meaning more and more wildlife under threat, the act of bird watching is a simple pleasure which is becoming increasingly sacred. With over 450 species occurring in the area, Kosi Forest Lodge is one of the best bases for bird watching in South Africa. Some of the rare bird highlights include the Pel’s Fishing Owl, Palm-nut Vulture, African Finfoot and Narina Trogon. The local guides at Kosi Forest Lodge know all the secret hiding places and may help you to tick those elusive species off your list.

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Narina trogon
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Snorkeling at Kosi Mouth

Kosi Mouth is the furthest north point on the KwaZulu-Natal coastline, just south of the Mozambique border. It is one of the most idyllic and spectacularly scenic coastal locations imaginable. Here the Kosi lake system finally meets the ocean. The tidal flows in and out of the mouth; have created one of the most vibrant and exquisitely colorful underwater worlds on the whole South African coastline.

Snorkeling in the estuary has been likened to being immersed in an aquarium. With literally hundreds of brightly colored fish, eels and crabs moving busily about amongst the delicate coral. It is an experience not easily forgotten.

This full day outing takes you by 4×4 from the lodge to Kosi Mouth. You will spend the day snorkeling in crystal-clear warm water and soaking up the sun on the beach or next to the estuary. A delicious picnic lunch is provided to be enjoyed in the shade of the palm trees. Snorkeling equipment is available from the lodge and included in the cost of this optional extra excursion. On the drive to and from the mouth you will enjoy views over the expansive Kosi lakes featuring the famous fish traps of the local Tsonga people.

Best snorkeling in South Africa


The Kosi Bay Nature Reserve is a firm fishing favorite, with lake fishing, sea fishing, fly fishing and dropshot fishing available. “Tag and release” fishing is encouraged to help preserve this pristine wilderness region. Strict rules and regulations apply, so please let us know before your stay should you be particularly interested in fishing.

How to get to Kosi Forest Lodge

A 4×4 vehicle is required to get to Kosi Forest Lodge. There are twice daily 4×4 transfers from Manguzi. Guests will meet a representative from Kosi Forest Lodge at the Total gas station in the main street of Manguzi and then follow them to a secure parking area in town where you will leave your vehicle. The transfer is in an open 4×4 vehicle to Kosi Forest Lodge. Pickup times are 12 pm or 4 pm. Guests traveling in their own 4×4 vehicles can drive all the way through to the lodge.

Kosi Forest Lodge Accommodation Rates

Forest Rooms

1st May 2023 to 31st July 2023R 2 970
1st August 2023 to 30 April 2024R 3 940
1st May 2024 to 31st July 2024R 3 200
1st August 2024 to 30 April 2025R 4 250

Rates are per person sharing. Single supplement is 30% of the above rates.

2 night minimum stay year round at Kosi Forest Lodge.

Kosi rates are inclusive of:
Accommodation, and all meals,
Guided canoe trip and guided walk in Raphia Forest.

Kosi rates exclude
Flights, road transfers, and 4×4 transfers,
Park fees, and Isibindi Foundation Levy,
Drinks, gratuities, items of a personal nature,
Boat trip on Kosi Lakes,
4×4 excursion to Kosi Bay Mouth and 4×4 turtle tracking excursion (15 Nov – 15 Jan).

Kosi Forest Lodge Accommodation Special Offers

Isibindi Long Stay Rates

Combine your stay at Kosi Forest Lodge with any of the other Isibindi properties* and get discounts.
5 nights: 5%
6 nights: 7.5%
7 nights: 10%
8+ nights: 12.5%

The Isibindi properties are:
Thonga Beach Lodge (Isimangaliso Wetland Park – Lake Sibaya),
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge (Hluhluwe)
Tsowa Safari Island in Victoria Falls (info to follow)

Valid until 30th April 2025

Stay/Pay Kosi Forest Lodge Special Offer

Stay 3 nights, pay for 2
Valid: May, June and September 2023 & 2024
One of the nights can fall outside of the applicable months.
Pay stay specials may be doubled up e.g. Stay 6 Pay 4 provided they fall within the valid months.

OR: Bring a friend for free throughout February 2023 (based on a minimum 2-night stay).

Kosi Bay Honeymooners

Kosi Forest Lodge is an idyllic honeymoon destination. Offering the bridal couple a romantic haven of calm after a busy wedding.
 The Forest Rooms are completely private and allow couples to enjoy the serenity of the surrounding sand forest undisturbed. During your stay, they’ll go to every effort to ensure that the memories you create on your honeymoon will last a lifetime. Complimentary honeymoon treats include a bottle of sparkling wine, a private dinner and a romantic turn down on the night of your arrival as a newly-married couple.

Eco Beach honeymoon
Honeymooners at Kosi mouth

Valid: All year

Also see our 8 day iSimangaliso Honeymoon Package. This combines Kosi Forest Lodge with Thonga Beach Lodge. The ultimate back to nature honeymoon.

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