A PLACE LEFT AS NATURE INTENDED IT
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
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.
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.
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.
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 your entire 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. Some of our rare birds are Pel’s fishing owl, palm-nut vulture and nerina trogon.
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.
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
Ballito, South Africa
“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.