HEALTH & Safety
Before you embark on your exciting adventure, we would like to inform you of the following to make sure that all your health and travel requirements are taken care of:
We would like to provide you with additional peace of mind by sharing with you the steps we are taking to ensure a safe and enjoyable stay stay us. Please view our Health and Safety protocols for details.
We have also added special provisions to our booking terms and conditions to make allowance for changes due to Covid-19. Please view our booking terms and conditions for details.
Malaria and Medication
Malaria is endemic on the Maputaland coast, so ask your doctor for anti-malaria medication before you travel. Remember, some medications require you to start taking the medication before arrival.
If you take any special medication, be sure to bring enough with you to last the entire visit.
Passport and Visa Requirements
- To enter South Africa, all foreign nationals need a passport valid for at least 30 days after the intended date of departure.
- Ensure that your passport has at least two blank visa pages for entry stamps.
- Check your country’s visa requirements with the South African embassy.
Lodge Fact Sheet
|NUMBER OF ROOMS||8 canvas and thatch forest rooms|
|CONFIGURATION||1 double, 5 twins and 2 family rooms|
|CHILDREN||Yes. Children served dinner before adults|
|CHILDMINDING||Available by pre-arrangement|
|Wi-Fi||Yes in main lounge area. Wi-Fi can be slow & intermittent due to satellite connection|
|CELL PHONE COVERAGE||Yes. Limited coverage|
|WALL MOUNTED FANS||Yes|
|ELECTRICITY||Limited generator/solar power|
|BATH||Yes, outdoor bathroom boma|
|LAUNDRY SERVICE||Yes additional charge|
|NO SMOKING POLICY||No smoking permitted indoors|
|DISTANCE BETWEEN ROOMS||5 - 20 metres|
|CHECK IN/CHECK OUT||12h00 and 10h00|
|CREDIT CARDS||All accepted. No debit cards|
|MALARIA||Yes, low risk|
|HALAAL MEALS||Available on request. Must be pre-booked via our Reservations Department.|
What to pack
- Comfortable, casual, cool, cotton bushwear
- Hats, windbreaker year round
- Swimwear, hats and sandals – summer
- Comfortable sturdy walking shoes
- Smart casual wear for dinner
- Sunscreen, binoculars, cameras, spare batteries
- Lip cream, contact lens solution, spare glasses
- Reference books
- May-Sept temperature ranges from 10c-25c
- Sunny days with cool mornings and evenings
- Sea temperatures between 18c-22c
- Oct-April temperature ranges from 20c-38c
- Days are hot & humid with occasional afternoon & evening thunderstorms
- Sea temperatures between 21c-26c
- 15 Nov - 15 Jan: Turtle breeding season
- Mar - Jun: Best weather
How To Get There
|GPS CO-ORDINATES||S27° 01’43.00” |
|ACCESS BY ROAD||4×4 is required. 4×4 transfers offered twice daily from Manguzi. (Additional charge)|
Secure parking available in Manguzi for guest cars
|NEAREST AIRPORTS||Richards Bay Airport|
|ACCESS BY AIR||Daily flights to Richards Bay ex Johannesburg, 3hr 45 min road transfer to lodge|
Regional & international flights to King Shaka International Airport
5hr 30 min road transfer to lodge
Map & Directions
RECOMMENDED ROUTE FROM JOHANNESBURG: (8 HOURS)
(FOR GUESTS REQUIRING A 4x4 TRANSFER)
Travel to Ermelo and follow signs onto the N2 to Piet Retief (eMkhondo). Follow the N2 to Piet Retief and then to Pongola. From Pongola continue on the N2 South for approximately 52 km. Turn left on the road to Jozini. Continue 20 km to Jozini. Drive carefully straight through the town of Jozini and immediately on exiting the town turn left towards the “Coastal Forest Reserve and KwaNgwanasi” (signposted), this road will take you over the Jozini Dam wall.
Proceed for 38 km until you reach a T-junction where you will turn right towards “KwaNgwanasi”. Proceed for another 44 km past the Tembe Elephant Park until you reach a large traffic circle.
At the traffic circle continue straight (second exit) following the sign to KwaNgwanasi / Farazela Border. Drive 23 km into the town of KwaNgwanasi (also known as Manguzi) and look out for the Total Garage complex on your left-hand side. A Kosi Forest Lodge representative will meet you at this service station and drive you to a secure car park not far away. The trip to the lodge from here will be approximately 25mins in an open 4x4 vehicle. Please pre-book which pick up time you require: 12h00 or 16h00.
RECOMMENDED ROUTE FROM DURBAN: (5 HOURS)
(FOR GUESTS REQUIRING A 4x4 TRANSFER)
Follow the exit signs out of the airport and head north on the N2 toll in the direction of KwaDukuza (formerly Stanger) then Empangeni / Richards Bay / Mtubatuba / Hluhluwe. Travel on the N2 for 230km from the airport and then take the Hluhluwe and Sodwana Bay offramp. Turn right over the highway bridge towards Hluhluwe town. Proceed straight through the town until you reach the last (i.e. fourth) traffic circle. At the circle turn left (first exit) following the R22 / Sodwana Bay signpost. Continue for 1.3 km and turn right over the railway line on the R22 towards Sodwana Bay / Mbazwana. Continue straight on the R22 for 124 km which will take you past Mbazwana & Mseleni until you reach a large traffic circle.
At the traffic circle turn right (third exit) following the sign to KwaNgwanasi / Farazela Border. Drive 23 km into the town of KwaNgwanasi (also known as Manguzi) and look out for the Total Garage complex on your left-hand side. A Kosi Forest Lodge representative will meet you at this service station and drive you to a secure car park not far away. The trip to the lodge from here will be approximately 25mins in an open 4x4 vehicle. Please pre-book which pick up time you require: 12h00 or 16h00.
PLEASE NOTE: 4x4 transfers must be booked 48 hours before arrival to ensure that there is a vehicle available. Please note that there are many speed bumps through and after Jozini. The route often has cattle wandering across the roads and some of the signs have fallen down so we advise driving slowly and cautiously and strongly advise against traveling after dark.
|Johannesburg to Kosi Forest Lodge via road||7 hrs|
|Johannesburg to Kosi Forest Lodge via air ex Richards Bay||5 hrs 15|
|Johannesburg to Kosi Forest Lodge via air ex KSIA||7 hrs|
|Cape Town to Kosi Forest Lodge via air ex KSIA||8 hrs|
|Durban to Kosi Forest Lodge||6 hrs|
|King Shaka International Airport to Kosi Forest Lodge||5 hrs 30|
|Richards Bay to Kosi Forest Lodge||3 hrs 30|
|St Lucia to Kosi Forest Lodge||3 hrs|
|Thonga Beach Lodge to Kosi Forest Lodge||2 hrs 15|
|Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge to Kosi Forest Lodge||3 hrs 45|