Amangwane is a rustic camp with basic rather than luxurious facilities. It was established as a community development joint venture, with a large proportion of the profits going towards the local community. The main emphasis is on outdoor activities including game drives, guided walks, canoeing and boat trips. Amangwane is situated in Kosi Bay on the northern coastline of KwaZulu Natal.
Accommodation is in 10 reed chalets, each with twin beds and ensuite bathroom. There is a lapa area with a camp fire where guests can enjoy drinks and meals and share their experiences of the day gone and expectations of days to come.
Kosi Bay is a region of coastal dunes, sandy beaches, swamp forests and mangroves and is a great haven for wildlife and birdlife, with over 250 species of birds. The warm, clear waters are ideal for snorkelling. Canoeing and boat cruises are other great ways to explore this fascinating area. Kosi Bay is known for its populations of Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles. During the months of November through to February the females come ashore to lay their eggs, a wonderful spectacle to behold. Amangwane offers walks led by experienced guides on trails near the camp from an hour to a full day in duration. Game viewing in nearby Tembe Elephant Park and Ndumo is another popular activity, giving guests the chance to spot the Big 5. The camp also organises trips over the Mozambique border to Ponta D'ora for boat rides and swimming with dolphins. The camp has very strong links with the local community and guests are welcome to visit villages and schools during their stay.
Open: Year round.
Location: The lodge is set nearby the Kosi Bay Mouth on the Indian Ocean, in the northernmost part of the UNESCO World Heritage iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
Rooms: 10 rustic reed chalets.
Activities: Kayaking, snorkelling, fishing, swimming, turtle tours (seasonal), hiking, school visitis, safaris and day trips to Mozambique.
Facilities: The main thatch lapa houses the dining area and boma with a large fire pit where you can relax in the evenings.
Dining: Meals are served communally in the communal thatch lapa.
Children: The camp welcomes children of all ages.
Health: This is a low-risk malarial area.
Communication: There is a limited mobile reception, no direct ‘phone or fax and no internet.
KZN is the ideal outdoors playground, teeming with wildlife, stunning views at every turn and activities for all the family.
Amangwane is a rustic camp run as a joint community development venture alongside a private KZN travel company. The local Tsonga community partly own the camp, and it is staffed by members of the community too. Money from the lodge goes to various development projects such as the school, a garden and a water project. If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re interested and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s term time, ask to visit the school, you will be made most welcome. The camp has a very light footprint, and has just recently obtained solar power.
"I loved the tented camp but it could have done with some decent coffee and a little more comfort, in the way of somewhere to sit that was more comfortable than a log! Vussi, the camp manager was charming and attentive although not a great guide on the kayaking. The \"fishing\" expedition was virtually non-existent"