“At Kosi Forest Lodge the staff and the setting gave me a sense of peace and clarity that I had never achieved”. Zack Yuval – past Manager
“The activities showed me a part of South Africa that seems unreal. As my relationship with the Kosi Bay community grew, so did my need to give back. I began collaborating with the local schools to teach students about Eco-tourism with presentations and demonstrations done at the school. The beauty of the area and its local inhabitants is something truly special, and it is where my heart will always belong”.
Blessing is a legend at Kosi! He literally dug the first hole looking for water to establish a borehole when Brett Gehren founder of Isibindi Africa Lodges arrived at Kosi to build the lodge in 1997. Blessing was a young lad of seventeen years at the time and has grown through the ranks obtaining his FAGASA guiding qualifications and Hospitality Diploma along the way. Blessing is an absolute delight always with a huge smile on his face and is a fountain of local knowledge and amusing anecdotes.
Thulani, knowns as TA, is a valuable member of our team who is in training as an Assistant Manager. He also assists with guiding and driving. When not working for the lodge he works as a TV Installations Technician.
Jerome’s Zulu name means – “where did you find it” which is rather apt being a guide! Jerome's ability to see birds and animals deep in the forest or high up in the tree tops is phenomenal! Jerome is another example of empowerment at Kosi having started off as a security guard he then learnt how to drive and slowly worked his way up through the ranks to become a very competent guide. Jerome is also a pastor in the local church.
George is one of the longest serving members of staff at Kosi having started his career at the lodge more than 10 years ago as a Security Guard. From here he progressed to becoming a guide and today is our very competent skipper in charge of taking guests out on full day motor boat cruises. George is a local Thonga whose passions include fishing and birding.