Team & Reviews

“At Kosi Forest Lodge the staff and the setting gave me a sense of peace and clarity that I had never achieved”. Zack Yuval – past Manager

“The activities showed me a part of South Africa that seems unreal. As my relationship with the Kosi Bay community grew, so did my need to give back. I began collaborating with the local schools to teach students about Eco-tourism with presentations and demonstrations done at the school. The beauty of the area and its local inhabitants is something truly special, and it is where my heart will always belong”.

What Our Guests Say

  • We stayed for two nights and totally loved Kosi Forest Lodge! The setting is tranquil, romantic and a nature-lovers paradise. Beautiful cabins set in private seclusion, nestled under beautiful trees where the sound of birds and the occasional hippo is all that can be heard for miles. The interior of the cabin is comfortable and spacious with hot showers, electricity and a kettle for morning coffee in your room. The outdoor shower and bath was perfect after our day trip on the lakes and to the beach. What a highlight the boat trip was - from our delightful guides, George & Phaqa, to the diverse bird life and numerous hippo sightings, to learning about the man-made fishing traps and a bit of snorkeling before the best swim in the Indian Ocean from a secluded beach!! I will treasure the memories for a long time and will make a point to come out this way again. Thanks to Zack and Blessing and the polite and helpful staff for a lovely stay, good food and an all round wonderful getaway. Stayed April 2016, travelled as a couple JOHANNESBURG
  •   Like others we left our vehicle at a nearby village and had a pick up to take us over the sand to the lodge. All worked like clockwork. We found the staff very friendly and helpful, giving us lots of tips including illuminating the night sky for us. Our activities were tremendous, made even better by the super guiding staff. The day on the boat was a highlight for us all, superb. We enjoyed every moment of the whole experience. Vowed to return. Room Tip: Wifi only in bar area. Make sure you have sundowners by the pool. Heathraven, England
  • We had an incredible time @ Kosi Bay Forest Lodge and believe that the facility is doing an amazing job to be environmentally friendly and educative in the process not only about this but also at the human interface i.e cultural and historical interaction with the environment. We have given this request much thought, and can only commend the Lodge's efforts - keep striving for the excellence you already provide! Thank you for a superb experience. We will be back.
  • Worth the 7-8 hour drive from Johannesburg to enjoy Kosi Bay in the borders with Mozambique, one of Isimangaliso Wetland Park jewels, a world heritage site. Cosy, clean, neat, with a wide range of activities, Kosi Forest Lodge is everything you can dream of a beach holiday in a wild, untouched African Coast and more where simplicity is luxury. Don’t be surprised when you get nostalgic on check out day, you will miss all the wonderful, committed and devoted employees, born and raised in the local community, who will ensure that your stay at this immaculate and exclusive beach lodge is a once in a lifetime experience. Every day at Kosi Forest Lodge is different. Blessing and Thulani will make sure you get the best choices of activities, from the ones included in your rate, like guided canoeing on the narrow channels of Kosi lakes and forest walks, to the extras ones, like turtle tracking (our guide for this excursion was Agripa , a real success story of determination) and boat trips along the 18 kilometers of lake system , home of the traditional Thonga fish traps. George will look after you and make sure that the sandy 4 x 4 roads are safe and as pleasant as possible on your way to the day excursions, he is also the best skipper ever! Food is delicious. Lindhelani, Happiness and Thimbisile looked after us during meal times, making us feel at home and always welcome. My family has been deeply touched by every person whose work and passion helped make our experience extra special. Thandiwe, thanks for those lovely turndowns and for taking care of our cottage. Undoubtedly this has been one of our best South African family holidays ever, thank you beautiful people! Siyabonga, gracias!
    Love The Planet Family

Our Team

Blessing Mngomezulu
Lodge Manager

Blessing is a legend at Kosi! He literally dug the first hole looking for water to establish a borehole when Brett Gehren founder of Isibindi Africa Lodges arrived at Kosi to build the lodge in 1997. Blessing was a young lad of seventeen years at the time and has grown through the ranks obtaining his FAGASA guiding qualifications and Hospitality Diploma along the way. Blessing is an absolute delight always with a huge smile on his face and is a fountain of local knowledge and amusing anecdotes.

Bruce Palframan
Relief Manager

Bruce is one of the longest standing members of the “Isibindi Family” having joined the Company in 2006. Bruce who acts as relief manager for Kosi Forest and Isibindi Zulu Lodges has an intimate knowledge of KwaZulu Natal and can regale one with fascinating stories and facts especially on the history of the Anglo-Zulu wars which is one of his many passions.

Thulani Ntuli
Part time Guide & Driver

Thulani is a valuable member of our team who assists with guiding and driving on a part-time basis. When not working for the lodge he works as a TV Installations Technician.  

Joseph July Sibiya

Joseph was born in July and that is where he gets his name from! On arrival at Kosi, Joseph spoke very little English but through speaking to guests and with the encouragement of management he improved his English to such a level that he is now able to work as a very competent guide. Joseph loves fishing on the lakes and on the sea.

Jerome Mthathepi Mnthambo

Jerome’s Zulu name means – “where did you find it” which is rather apt being a guide! Jerome's ability to see birds and animals deep in the forest or high up in the tree tops is phenomenal! Jerome is another example of empowerment at Kosi having started off as a security guard he then learnt how to drive and slowly worked his way up through the ranks to become a very competent guide. Jerome is also a pastor in the local church.

George Mkhoba

George is one of the longest serving members of staff at Kosi having started his career at the lodge more than 10 years ago as a Security Guard. From here he progressed to becoming a guide and today is our very competent skipper in charge of taking guests out on full day motor boat cruises. George is a local Thonga whose passions include fishing and birding.