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Kosi Forest Lodge is Lodge is set in a beautiful sand forest on the banks of Lake Shengeza in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The vibrant African town of Manguzi is a 20 minute 4×4 transfer from the lodge. Richards Bay (3.5hrs) and Durban (6hrs) lie south of Manguzi.


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Kosi Forest Lodge is situated on 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.

1. Natural Surroundings and Sociable Atmosphere

At Kosi Forest Lodge flame lamps will guide you along a soft, sandy forest path to cosy canvas tents. Glamping this is nonetheless 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. This is idyllic Kosi Lake accommodation.

2. Bird Life

The rich and diverse bird life in this region comprises forest, riverine, coastal and grassland birds (over 420 species). 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.

3. Raffia Forest

The unique Raffia Palm Forest, which is home to the tallest palms in the world, 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.

Apart from appreciating the hush of the forest setting, there are plentiful activities to do from this Kosi Lake accommodation, 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.

4. Community Project Involvement

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.

5. Reasonable Rates and Bar Prices

Nobody wants to count pennies when on holiday, so we have structured our rates to ensure the best of quality without breaking the bank. We keep our bar and curio prices reasonable and stock a variety of award winning South African wines across the price range. We have a specially discounted rate for the SANParks Conservation Fees – charged per stay instead of per day, and manage to offer better rates for the same quality as our competitors.If you are looking for accommodation from which to explore the Kosi Lakes, this is it.


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Famous Fish Traps of Kosi Bay

The Kosi Lakes System is particularly famous for the traditional Tsonga fish traps built to trap fish moving in and out of the estuary with the tide. The Tsonga people, who have made this land their home for more than 1000 years, are experts in fish traps and the construction of fishkraal. Spectacular views of these traps are available on the 4×4 excursion to Kosi Bay Mouth. Guests are also given an opportunity to get very close to them when doing the full day Boat excursion



Our Rates

Kosi Forest Lodge
Aug 2018 
 Apr 2019
May 2019 
 Jul 2019
Aug 2019 
 Apr 2020
May 2020 
 Jul 2020
Rates per person per night sharing R 2 880 R 2 360 R 3 120 R 2 550
Single Plus 30% Plus 30% Plus 30% Plus 30%
Children sharing with adults 0-3 years No charge No charge No charge No charge
Children sharing with adults 4-12 years 50% Of Adult Rate 50% Of Adult Rate 50% Of Adult Rate 50% Of Adult Rate
Children sharing with adults 13-18 years 75% Of Adult Rate 75% Of Adult Rate 75% Of Adult Rate 75% Of Adult Rate
Park Fees Per Adult Stay * R 64 R 64 R 70 R 70
4×4 Vehicle Charge R 64 R 64 R 70 R 70
4×4 Transfers – Scheduled ** R 110 R 110 R 120 R 120
4×4 Transfers – Non-Scheduled *** R 150 R 150 R 160 R 160
Kosi Mouth Visit **** R 490 R 490 R 530 R 530
Full Day Boat Trip ***** R 490 R 490 R 530 R 530
Turtle Tracking ****** R 940 n/a R1 000 n/a

Included are accommodation, all meals, teas and coffees and guided canoeing and guided Raffia Forest walks
Excluded are non-scheduled transfers, park fees, drinks, gratuities, items of a personal nature, full day boat trip, Kosi Bay Mouth 4×4 excursion and return 4×4 transfers from Manguzi at scheduled pick up times.
Baby Sitters are available. 24 hours notice required.
Additional Beds cannot be added to any rooms. Parents wishing to share with children must request a family suite.
* Children 0-3 years : no charge. Children 4-12 years – 50% of adult rate.
** To and from pickup point in Manguzi to Lodge.
*** Per Person, minimum 2 people.
**** Including picnic lunch & snorkelling equipment. Minimum 2 people.
***** On Kosi Lakes including picnic lunch. Minimum 2 people.
****** November to end February