The Lodge


There are very few truly unspoilt places left in the world. The area surrounding Kosi Forest Lodge is one of them. Conscious of the privilege we have of being situated within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, Kosi Forest Lodge has been created in an eco-conscious way, using nature as our guide. Our tent-style thatched forest rooms nestle under wide milkwood trees, with thoughtful attention to blending into this pristine indigenous sand forest environment.


The lodge facilities are designed to enhance your experience of the exquisite wilderness. To help you make the most of the natural surroundings throughout your stay, the common and private facilities at the lodge are focused on getting you to observe and explore nature as you go about your day. We take full advantage of Maputaland’s sultry weather, and most meals are served al fresco under a canopy of magnificent trees.

Main Lodge


A massive Zulu podberry tree is the focal point of the main lodge with the lounge, dining room and bar all opening onto a large wooden deck around the tree.


Your buffet breakfast and luncheon are served in the covered dining area, where you’ll also find a 24/7 tea and coffee station with delicious homemade biscuits. You’ll enjoy most of our generous and flavourful meals on the outdoor dining deck.


Our well-stocked bar serves all your usual favourites against the backdrop of the forest and lake.



Meals are often served around our wooden deck boma, where a crackling fire is lit in the evenings. Our tucked-away forest boma plays host to extra-special dining experiences.

Bird Hide


Kosi Forest Lodge is a bird-lover’s haven. Spend a quiet afternoon in our bird hide nestled in the sand forest, and we bet that you’ll be able to tick some of those lesser-known species off your list!


The swimming pool overlooks Lake Shengeza. While away the afternoon cooling off, sipping on your favourite drink while watching the resident pod of hippos.



Enjoy a pleasant, easy walk through the grassland and forest that surrounds the lodge. The walking path winds gently around Kosi Forest Lodge, ending up at our swimming pool overlooking the lake. As you walk, listen and watch out for fascinating birds and animals.

Outdoor Bathroom


Completely private, our outdoor bathrooms under the trees are a Kosi Forest Lodge highlight. Lie back, relax and feel truly at one with the soothing sights, sounds and smells of the surrounding sand forest.

The 5 Reasons

There are so many reasons to escape to Kosi Forest Lodge - the unparalleled beauty and wildness of the natural surroundings, the chance to completely relax and get away from it all and the time to connect with what’s truly important in life. So, why choose Kosi Forest Lodge? Here are our five favourite reasons…

A bath for the bucket list

Flame lamps will guide you along a soft, sandy path to cosy forest rooms, where you’ll encounter a unique ‘glamping’ experience. Bathing under open African skies, by soft, flickering lighting from paraffin lamps, is one for the bucket list. Screened simply by reed walls, the outdoor bathrooms at Kosi Forest Lodge are set in a sand forest under ancient milkwood trees. Guests can look forward to a luxurious bath like no other amid the fragrance of the forest.

The bountiful birdlife

Kosi Forest Lodge is a twitcher’s paradise, with a myriad of enthusiastic feathered friends welcoming you to the soft sand forest. The rich and diverse birdlife in this region comprises forest, riverine, coastal and grassland birds. Birdwatching can be done during every moment of your time at the lodge, not only on organised outings. Whether sipping sundowners at the edge of the pool or strolling by lamplight through the indigenous sand forest to dinner at the fireside boma, you are acutely aware of the privilege of being surrounded by an extensive array of birds, happy in their natural habitat.

The remote Raffia Palm forest

The raffia palm is the largest palm in the world, making the unique raffia forest feel as otherworldly as it is remote. Guests can enjoy early morning or late afternoon guided walks through the magnificent forest, an activity included in the room rate. Listen out for the abundant birdcalls and perhaps catch a glimpse of the rare palm-nut vulture which is regularly seen in the forest canopy. Our experienced and passionate guides will delight in showing you all that this pristine natural
area has to offer.

An array of activities on offer

Apart from appreciating the hush of the forest setting, there are plenty of activities at the lodge, including boating day trips to the Kosi Lakes and beach, excursions to Kosi Bay mouth to snorkel and observe traditional spiral reed fishing methods.

connection with the community

Kosi Forest Lodge is an initiative that was borne of a collaboration between Isibindi Africa Lodges and the local community. The community named and established the uMvubu (hippopotamus) Community Project in partnership with the lodge. This organisation prides itself on the establishment of clinics and health care services, school support, care of orphaned and vulnerable children and conservation education. The uMvubu Community Project has had a significant impact on the surrounding communities, and guests at Kosi Forest Lodge can feel inspired and assured that they are travelling with purpose by supporting the project.

A Day At Kosi

A day at Kosi Forest Lodge is a day to discover, a day to reconnect with nature and a day to awaken your soul.


“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

“An idyllic retreat in a wonderful part of the country”

The name says it all about the location - in a forest, part of the Kosi Bay end of the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park. The staff are caring, interested in all their guests and run a very good establishment. It is small, only eight units, and no more than three were full any night we were there, but the service remained excellent. The included activities (canoe trip and raffia palm walk) were fascinating, and there was an interesting range of other activities on offer. Kosi Bay is a long way from anywhere, but the R22 is an excellent road and so access is easy. Unreservedly recommend - we suggest a minimum three night stay.

Malcolm R

Bristol, England
Stayed November 2018

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