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 ROOMS8 canvas and thatch forest rooms
CONFIGURATION1 double, 5 twins and 2 family rooms
CHILDRENYes. Children served dinner before adults
CHILDMINDINGAvailable by pre-arrangement
Wi-FiYes in main lounge area. Wi-Fi can be slow & intermittent due to satellite connection
CELL PHONE COVERAGEYes. Limited coverage
ELECTRICITYLimited generator/solar power
BATHYes, outdoor bathroom boma
LAUNDRY SERVICEYes additional charge
NO SMOKING POLICYNo smoking permitted indoors
CHECK IN/CHECK OUT12h00 and 10h00
CREDIT CARDSAll accepted. No debit cards
MALARIAYes, low risk
HALAAL MEALSAvailable 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

Season Highlights

  • 15 Nov - 15 Jan: Turtle breeding season
  • Mar - Jun: Best weather

How To Get There

GPS CO-ORDINATESS27° 01’43.00”
E32° 47’13.00”
ACCESS BY ROAD4×4 is required. 4×4 transfers offered twice daily from Manguzi. (Additional charge)
Secure parking available in Manguzi for guest cars
NEAREST AIRPORTSRichards Bay Airport
ACCESS BY AIRDaily 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

From Johannesburg head to Piet Retief and Pongola on the N2 and proceed south towards Mkuze. Approximately
45km from Pongola and 10km before Mkuze turn left towards Jozini. On leaving Jozini take a left turn towards the
“Coastal Forest Reserve and KwaNgwanasi” (signposted), ensuring that you are proceeding over the Pongola dam
wall. After 45km at a T-junction turn right towards “KwaNgwanasi”. Proceed for another 47km past Tembe Elephant Park towards the town of Manguzi (KwaNgwanasi) and follow the directions below depending on whether you have a 4x4 or not.

Please note that the route from Jozini onwards often has cattle wandering across it, some of the signs have fallen down and so caution and slower driving speeds are necessary.

From Durban, proceed on the N2 North out of Durban bypassing Richards Bay, Empangeni and Mtubatuba and head towards the town of Hluhluwe. Take exit P453/R22 towards Hluhluwe. Turn right over the highway. Proceed through the town of Hluhluwe and go through 3 traffic circles and turn left towards Mbazwane/Sodwana Bay. Proceed for 0.7km and turn right again towards Sodwana Bay/Mbazwane. Shortly after turning right you will cross over a railway line. You will now be on the R22, continue on this road for 125km passing Sodwana Bay and Mbazwana, until you come to a traffic circle where you cannot continue straight any more. At this traffic circle turn right towards Kwangwanasi/Kosi Bay and follow the directions below, depending on whether you have a 4x4 or not. For non 4x4 guests: From the traffic circle drive 22km into KwaNgwanasi (Manguzi or Kosi Bay). Proceed into the town and look out for the Total Garage on your left hand side. Once you arrive at this service station, a Kosi Forest Lodge representative will meet you there 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.

4x4 guests going direct to the lodge: From the traffic circle travel 21km and then turn right onto the D1843 which is marked by a small green sign post with D1843 and a police station sign (a police badge emblem). Note that both these signs are quite small so you need to be alert and look out for them. Follow this road as it bends right and just before the police station turn left onto a gravel road and follow the signs to Kosi Forest Lodge. (9kms)

Distances Table

Johannesburg to Kosi Forest Lodge via road7 hrs
Johannesburg to Kosi Forest Lodge 
via air ex Richards Bay5 hrs 15
Johannesburg to Kosi Forest Lodge via air ex KSIA7 hrs
Cape Town to Kosi Forest Lodge via air ex KSIA8 hrs
Durban to Kosi Forest Lodge6 hrs
King Shaka International Airport to Kosi Forest Lodge5 hrs 30
Richards Bay to Kosi Forest Lodge3 hrs 30
St Lucia to Kosi Forest Lodge3 hrs
Thonga Beach Lodge to Kosi Forest Lodge2 hrs 15
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge to Kosi Forest Lodge3 hrs 45