This is original land, if there can be such a thing, where locals stop to smile as you pass and women walk with bundles of sticks on their heads. Here are our top 5 reasons to book a stay at Kosi Forest Lodge.
Reason 1: Flame lamps will guide you along a soft, sandy forest path to cosy canvas tents. Glamping this is non-the-less and you will be delighted by floating white mosquito nets, oil lamps, an outdoor shower and the most beautiful luxurious bath under ancient Milkwood trees.
Reason 2: The rich and diverse bird life in this region comprises forest, riverine, coastal and grassland birds. Let the call of Fish Eagles, brightly coloured summer migrants and the rare Pel’s Fishing Owl, Palm Nut Vultures and Yellow- and Pink-Throated Longclaws enthral you.
Reason 3: The unique Raffia Forest where this lodge is set feels as otherworldly as it is remote. Experienced and passionate guides will delight in showing you all that this pristine natural area has to offer, whether by foot, game viewing vehicle, boat or gliding silently on a canoe through the Kosi Lakes.
Reason 4: The community ownership of this lodge is inspiring and the uMvubu (hippopotamus) Community Project was named and established by the local community, in partnership with Kosi Forest Lodge. They pride themselves on their establishment of clinics and health care services, school support, care of orphaned and vulnerable children and conservation education.
Reason 5: Apart from appreciating the hush of the forest setting, there are plentiful activities to do from the lodge, including boating day trips to the Kosi Lakes and beach, 4X4 drives to Dog Point Beach, a day outing to the nearby Kosi Mouth for snorkelling and viewing of traditional spiral reed fishing methods.