Lake Boat Trips
With so much to explore on the amazing waters, a boat trip on the lakes of Kosi is a full-day activity. Your guide will take you on an exciting adventure via a motorised boat. As you go, you’ll learn all about this fascinating ecosystem that is unlike any other in the world.
Highlights include spotting magnificent marine life in the crystal-clear, warm water, spotting hippos, crocodiles, flamingos and a host of other aquatic species, snorkeling in the safe channels and enjoying a picnic lunch on the banks of Third Lake or the beach at Bhanga Nek. You’ll also have the opportunity to get close to the iconic Kosi fish traps and learn about this fascinating ancient Thonga tradition.
Interesting facts about the Kosi lake system:
- The Kosi lake system is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- It is regarded as the best-preserved large estuary system on South Africa’s Indian Ocean coastline.
- Kosi Bay is the original and natural home of the Tsonga people and their fish traps.
- This area boasts one of the very few places on earth to have five different species of mangroves.
- The lakes are home to about 800 hippos and 1000 Nile crocodiles.
- The four independent lakes are: Makhawulani, Mpungwini, Kunhlange and Amanzamnyama, linked by channels which drain via the sandy estuary into the Indian Ocean.
“We went on a boat trip with George. We saw seven hippos clumped together, loads of fish traps built by the Thonga people and quite a few African fish eagles. We even snorkeled in one of the channels (it was safe because it’s a crocodile-free area). We learnt that the hippos that get irritated with boats are the male hippos and the females tend rather just to relax. Learning about the fish traps showed us how clever the Thonga people are. The fish follow the wooden fence line and the heart-shaped fence confuses them. Once they swim into the trap they can’t get out again.”
– Gia (11) and Indi (10), Portfolio
A visit to the Kosi area is incomplete without a day spent on the water. It’s the best way to explore as much of the lake system as possible, following the mystical waters from fresh water, to estuary, to sea.