“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”.
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 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 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 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’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 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.