YOURS TO DISCOVER
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.
ACCESS BY ROAD
A 4×4 is required, and secure parking is available at Manguzi for guest vehicles. Daily 4×4 transfers to the lodge leave Manguzi parking at 12h00 and 16h00, return transfers depart from the lodge 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.
PACKAGES & TRAVEL IDEAS
TRAVEL TRADE & MEDIA
Experiences RAFFIA PALM FOREST WALK
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
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.
Our stay was absolutely fantastic, the staff went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and well looked after! It is truly a romantic getaway and highly recommended, all the way from the warm welcome to the great food(they even catered to my gluten free needs) to the romantic outside bath! It was heaven and we hope to one day return.
Stayed March 2020
“Really special weekend”
Amazing staff, forest rooms felt like we were waking up in a fairytale, food was incredible and such a romantic atmosphere.
Highly recommend it and would love to go back! I wish our stay was longer. Loved every moment.
South Africa Feb 2021
“Kosi Forest Lodge is amazing”
Kosi Forest Lodge was beyond expectation! We were provided an amazing welcome and dinner even though we arrived late. They went above and beyond at every step - allowing us to have lunch by the pool, adjusting the canoe trip to meet our family needs. I would recommend it for anyone looking for a weekend away. Also the baby turtles and momma turtles were amazing during the turtle trek.
Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)
Stayed January 2020
“Get in touch with yourself in total peace and quiet”
If its peace and quiet you want then Kosi Forest Lodge is the place to go! The rooms are tucked away in seclusion down winding paths which are lit by torches at night. The only sounds are the insects, frogs and birds. The meals were served by lovely ladies and it was a real pleasure to have no clattering and noise from the kitchen.
The staff at Kosi were outstanding, very helpful and the guides were knowledgeable and competent. The canoe trip was a treat, our guide and oarsman was superb and I could have stayed in the canoe all day just soaking in the beauty and peace.
Stayed December 2019
Wonderful and cosy lodge lost in the jungle with lovely staff. The food is delicious, a great surprise for us. The full day spent on the lake with RASTA to meet Hippos and Flamingos was a wonder experience.
Stayed November 2019
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
A huge thanks to Blessing, Thulani, Mary and ALL the staff at Kosi Forest Lodge for a most enjoyable, memorable experience! We are so grateful to have had the privilege to visit Kosi Forest Lodge, to meet all those wonderful souls at the lodge and get to know a little bit more about the area, the people and wildlife. The food was excellent – thank you so much for all the trouble you went to, especially with the outstanding New Year’s Eve meal. We were truly sad when we left this morning – always a sign that a place and its people have crept deep into our hearts. We’ll be back, and next time, we’re adding Thonga Beach Lodge to the itinerary!
Marlise & Mias
Stayed Jan 2021
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!
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.
Stayed January 2019
We have just spent two nights at Kosi Forest Lodge and I cannot rave enough. Blessing, Thulani and their team will ensure a phenomenal stay! From the cool towels on arrival, to their continuous attention to detail. I'd highly recommend George for excursions- the estuary kayak is quite something to do- peaceful but beautiful. The pool is ideal - perfect depth, great views for sunsets especially. Sunloungers overlooking the estuary. Dinner under the stars with the most incredible food- compliments to the chef- just leave the diet at home. Outdoor bathrooms. Bird hide to walk to- the bird life is quite something. We were so very impressed with Forest Lodge.