South Africa's last unexplored WETLAND WILDERNESS


Kosi Forest Lodge is situated within iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, giving you the opportunity to experience exclusive, close encounters with the untouched African wilderness. The lodge is surrounded by untold biodiversity and beauty that you simply have to see for yourself. There is limited electricity, and candlelight gives the lodge a warm, romantic ambience reminiscent of wild African adventures of long ago. This is fitting for this ancient land with a mystical quality that you’ll never quite be able to describe. It’s a place where you can rediscover nature, and, even more importantly, rediscover yourself.


Enter a magical waterworld of lakes, raffia forests and the home of the only fruit-eating vulture in the world. Your rustic yet comfortable forest room on raised wooden platforms is tucked away under the canopy of a large natal fig or milkwood tree, and every morning begins with the chorus of a myriad of birds. Feel the soft white sand between your toes and the shade of the peaceful forests, listen to the call of the fish eagle, embrace the warm welcome from our staff and know that you have left the stress of your busy life behind.


A 4×4 is required, and secure parking is available at Manguzi for guest vehicles. Daily 4×4 transfers from the lodge leave at 10h30. There is an additional charge for 4×4 transfers.


Our forest rooms make you feel truly connected with the outdoors, while safe and comfortable. All rooms have both romantic outdoor bathroom bomas as well as en-suite indoor showers.


November-February is turtle breeding season and March-June has the best weather.

"In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks" - John Muir




Enjoy early morning or late afternoon guided walks through the magnificent raffia palm forest. Listen out for the abundant bird calls and perhaps catch a glimpse of the rare palm-nut vulture.

Boat Trips on the Lake at Kosi Forest Lodge


A full day boat trip is a wonderful way to explore the fascinating lakes and channels, learn about fish traps, enjoy a picnic and walk to the pristine Bhanga Nek Beach.

Kosi Forest Lodge


“Total relaxation”

We had a wonderful stay at Kosi Forest Lodge in October. We were collected from a nearby town as the lodge really is in the middle of nowhere. The lodges are small but nicely furnished and in beautiful tranquil settings.

The food is excellent with very large portions of fresh food.

The staff go out of their way to make your stay special. There are great trips including canoeing on the lakes.

It takes a while to get used to the limited Wi-fi but is a great excuse for a digital detox.

We had a great stay and would highly recommend this location to those who love nature, peace and quiet.

Col and Ali

London, United Kingdom
Stayed October 2019

“Remote Paradise”

My wife and I stayed for 2 nights and we were impressed beyond expectation! Walking to our rooms in the evening was so magical as the path ways were lit up by gas torches. Mary and Blessing at the lodge was amazing and we were well taken care of.


Cape Town Central, South Africa
Stayed June 2019

“Wonderful stay”

We really enjoyed our stay at Kosi Forest Lodge. The lodge offers a real bush feeling and the room we had, was very clean. We also loved the outdoor shower. Meals were served outdoors and were really delicious! In the evenings oil lamps lead the way to your chalet and a turning down service is done. We did the Raffia Palm walk, the canoe trip and the boat trip to the lakes and Bangha Nek. All three activities were great fun and the guides Paqa and George were very informative and funny.
But what makes this lodge so special is the truly friendly and hospitable staff: the managers Thandeka and Blessing, the waitresses, the room attendants, the kitchen staff, the gardeners and the guides. They made you feel so welcome and nothing was too much trouble for them.
Thank you to all of you for a memorable stay!


Mol, Belgium
Stayed April 2019

“Very nice place, cosy and warm”

The place is great, quite rustic but in a very comfortable way, very big bed and large bathroom with an outdoor bath and shower too. The staff is great and the food too. The forest around is just magnificent. Definitely a place to visit again and again.

Barbara V

Stayed January 2019

“Lovely break”

Kosi Forest Lodge is peaceful and remote. Blessing and his staff are all wonderful. Robert looked after us throughout from collection in Mangusi, walk in the forest, trip to Kozi River Mouth, canoe trip on the water system and return to Mangusi. He is kind, friendly and helpful. The trip on the lakes was amazing - peaceful and interesting. We particularly loved our visit to the River Mouth with picnic. We timed our visit well for low tide when we could walk across the river to the snorkelling site. There we enjoyed seeing a huge variety of colourful fish. It is an unspoilt paradise. The food at the lodge was excellent and the swimming pool has wonderful views over the lake. Early in the morning there were spoonbills and flamingos which we loved. It is a perfect spot for nature lovers who enjoy seclusion and beautiful surroundings.


Stayed March 2019


Isibindi Africa is built on community-minded conservation, which means that the people, flora and fauna of a place, are an inherent part of the beauty and the sustainability of that place.

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