Kosi Forest Lodge

South Africa

  • Rustic, back to nature lodge
  • Feels like a beach lodge though not by the sea
  • Set in a sand forest near a coastal lake system
  • About an hour from stunning wild beaches
  • Excellent boat rides, walks and canoe trips
  • See traditional fishing methods of local Thonga people
  • Turtle and whale viewing in season

Open: Kosi Forest Lodge is open all year.

Location: The lodge is on a lake system just south of the mouth of Kosi Bay, near the coast in northern KwaZulu Natal.

Rooms: There are 8 rooms, including 2 family units which have 2 rooms sharing a bathroom. The rooms are simple wood and reed structures with green netting for windows. There are lights in the room, but you wouldn't say it was well-lit. There is a wall-fan, and mozzy netting over the beds. There is also a safe, and kettle. The bathroom has an indoor and outdoor shower, and an outdoor bath. There is no door between the indoor and outdoor part of the bathroom.

Activities: Two activities are included in your stay - a walk in the raffia palm forest, and an easy canoe trip on part of the lake system. These are both short activities (about 2 hours). At extra cost you can also take an excellent day boat trip out onto the lakes including swimming and snorkelling, seeing the traditional fish traps, watching local bird life and walking up over the sand dunes to the Indian Ocean coast (where you can spend time on the beach if you want). This trip depends on local weather conditions as it's not possible if it's too windy. You can also take a drive to the mouth of Kosi Bay about 1 hour drive away (again at extra cost). Great views of the lake system, snorkelling (tides permitting), and seeing the traditional fish traps. If you just want to hit the beach, you can reach Bangha Nek and other stunning wild, empty beaches within about 1 hour's drive. Be aware that currents can be very strong here. Turtle season is mid-November to Mid-February Whale season is generally May to November

Facilities: There is a lovely swimming pool overlooking a lake. Otherwise, this place is all about either relaxing or taking trips to enjoy the local area.

Dining: The meals are set. There is a cooked breakfast, lunch and 3 course meal each evening. Drinks are all extra. Meals are very good, such as soup followed by steak, potatoes and vegetables and a desert.

Children: Children of any age are welcome but young children should be supervised at all times. Canoeing is not for young children, and not all activities can be offered to young children.

Health: This is a low risk malaria area. This is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues. All paths are sandy (some quite deep sand), and all activities require walking through sand and forest to get to to boats etc.

Communication: There is Wi-Fi in the main area, but it's not fast and a little unreliable. Mobile signal is available, but not very strong on the whole.

Notes: February can be very hot. It can be quite rainy from Dec to March. This is usually in form of storms, though a few days of rain can happen. It is not for people who don't like bugs!

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