Kosi Forest Lodge
A relaxed place, with shimmering lakes, wide ocean and sand forest
Kosi Forest Lodge
Kosi Forest Lodge is the only private lodge in Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, a private sanctuary tucked inside iSimangaliso Wetland Park. If you love the ocean, this is the place for you – the area offers some of the best fishing and snorkelling on the South African coastline. The lodge sleeps 16 in rustically comfortable bush suites, serves fine and plentiful meals (the coastal air really whets your appetite) and caters for a host of estuarine, beach and wilderness activities. Explore the lovely lakes on a guided canoe or boat, meander through giant raffia palms or visit nearby beaches.
At the lodge
Overlooked by a giant Zulu podberry tree, the communal lodge has a lounge area in which to relax and chat, a dining area and a bar. Breakfast and an informal lunch are served on the deck; in the evening, guests can enjoy drinks and chats around the bonfire or at the pool followed by candle-lit five-star meals. There's wi-fi in the main lodge area only, but it can be intermittent and slow when the weather is bad.
Stay in a thatched bush suite tucked between the trees. Each suite is raised on a wooden deck and has a spacious bedroom, balcony, dressing room and en-suite shower. Outside, a second reed-enclosed bathroom with a beach-sand floor offers an unusual bathing and showering experience. The bedrooms have low wooden walls with mosquito netting and roll-up canvas blinds, so you can lie back and enjoy the views and sounds of the forest. For newlyweds, there's a romantic honeymoon suite.
Canoe into the heart of Isimangaliso Park with a guide. Take a boat trip through the Kosi lake system of three lakes linked by narrow channels. Dive the fish-filled reefs, examine ancient fish traps, picnic on the shore, stroll along hippo paths between ancient raffia palms, visit nearby Tembe Elephant Park, take a drive to Kosi mouth and, between November and January, watch turtles lay their eggs. Then sit back with a drink and dream.