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    2/8 - Walking through the Raffia Forest
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    3/8 - Boat trip on the Lake
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    4/8 - Day visits to Kosi Bay Mouth
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    5/8 - Canoeing
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    6/8 - Deck/Dining area
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    7/8 - Outdoor Bath
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    8/8 - Swimming pool overlooking Lake Shengeza
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Location & Contact Details
Address:Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, Kosi Bay, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Payment Methods
  • Diners Club Diners Club
  • MasterCard MasterCard
  • Visa Visa
Bed Configuration
  • Double Rooms (Sleeps 2) x 2
    • Room 1 - queen
  • Family Room (Sleeps 4) x 2
    • Room 1 - queen
    • Room 2 - twin
  • Twin Rooms (Sleeps 2) x 5
    • Room 1 - twin
Special Categories
  • Conference Venue Accommodation
    Accommodates how many people?
    20

    The following apply
     Designated parking area
     Sufficient parking space
     Wireless internet connection
     Good lighting that can be operated independently
     Liquor license
     Bar on-site

  • Fresh-Water Fishing Accommodation
    The following apply
     Can bring own fishing equipment
     Catch and release

  • Interesting Place Accommodation
    Why is your establishment interesting?
    Kosi Forest Lodge situated in an unspoilt wilderness area of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, World Heritage site. This rustic 16 bed lodge nestled in a beautiful sand forest on the waterways of the Kosi Lakes System offers comfortable accommodation in wood, thatch & canvas chalets with romantic outdoor boma bathrooms. A nature lover’s & birder’s paradise which can be explored by guided canoe trips, boat trips on the lakes, Raffia Forest walks or 4x4 excursions to nearby pristine beaches offering excellent snorkelling. From November to January nocturnal Sea Turtle Tracking is available. Sundowners are enjoyed on the swimming pool deck.

  • Sleeps 10 or More Accommodation
    Your establishment has capacity to cater for groups of 10 or more.
     Yes

  • Wedding Venue Accommodation
    Capacity Information
    20
    20

    The following apply
     Reception area
     Area for wedding ceremony
     Undercover area for signing the register
     Fully catered
     Liquor license
     Fully stocked bar
     Cleaning / serving staff

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44255 page views since 15 Mar, 2006.
Last updated on 13 Mar, 2019.
Listed on WhereToStay.co.za for 16 years

Situated in the wilderness, the lodge offers guests the unique opportunity of exploring a pristine wetland environment in guided canoes and vehicles.

Enjoy swimming at the pristine and isolated Bhanga Nek beach, boat cruises through the 18km lake system and estuarine waterways, birding walks through the ancient Raffia Forest and interaction with the local Thonga people and their historic culture.

Home to the Palm Nut Vulture and Pel's Fishing Owl, the area can be explored by keen birders at their leisure.

Kosi Forest Lodge guests are accommodated in thatched bedrooms, on raised wooden decks, hidden in the sand forest. All beds have mosquito nets. Our unique open-air, reed enclosed bathrooms with the bath and shower sunk into white forest sand has been noted by our guests as one of the highlights of a visit.

The last 9km are on dune roads and can only be accessed by 4x4 vehicle. Guests travelling in two wheel drive will be able to park their vehicles at the Total Service Station in KwaNgwanase and be transferred by lodge vehicle. There are two transfer times daily 12h00 and 16h00. The transfers have to be booked when confirming your reservation. The transfer time is approximately 25 minutes and there is no additional charge.

Electricity
WE NOW HAVE ELECTRICITY AT KOSI FOREST LODGE

Malaria
Kosi Forest Lodge is situated in a low malaria area.

Awards & Accreditations As Claimed By The Establishment
  • Birdlife South Africa - Birder Friendly
  • Portfolio Collection Member
Facilities
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting service
  • Guided nature walks
  • Lake onsite
  • Laundry facilities onsite
  • Lock-up safe
  • Nature trail onsite
  • Outdoor pool
  • Parking off-site
  • Private airfield (less than 15km)
  • Restaurant onsite
  • Serviced
  • Tea / coffee making facilities
Special Categories
  • Conference Venue Accommodation
    Accommodates how many people?
    20

    The following apply
     Designated parking area
     Sufficient parking space
     Wireless internet connection
     Good lighting that can be operated independently
     Liquor license
     Bar on-site

  • Fresh-Water Fishing Accommodation
    The following apply
     Can bring own fishing equipment
     Catch and release

  • Interesting Place Accommodation
    Why is your establishment interesting?
    Kosi Forest Lodge situated in an unspoilt wilderness area of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, World Heritage site. This rustic 16 bed lodge nestled in a beautiful sand forest on the waterways of the Kosi Lakes System offers comfortable accommodation in wood, thatch & canvas chalets with romantic outdoor boma bathrooms. A nature lover’s & birder’s paradise which can be explored by guided canoe trips, boat trips on the lakes, Raffia Forest walks or 4x4 excursions to nearby pristine beaches offering excellent snorkelling. From November to January nocturnal Sea Turtle Tracking is available. Sundowners are enjoyed on the swimming pool deck.

  • Sleeps 10 or More Accommodation
    Your establishment has capacity to cater for groups of 10 or more.
     Yes

  • Wedding Venue Accommodation
    Capacity Information
    20
    20

    The following apply
     Reception area
     Area for wedding ceremony
     Undercover area for signing the register
     Fully catered
     Liquor license
     Fully stocked bar
     Cleaning / serving staff

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  • Directions
    FROM JOHANNESBURG - Approximately 7.5 - 8hrs

    From Johannesburg, head towards Piet Retief and then Pongola. Proceed through Pongola towards the town of Mkuze on the N2. 10kms before Mkuze turn left to Jozini - as you leave Jozini proceed over the dam wall. After 45km at a T-junction turn right towards "Kwangwanase". Proceed for another 47km past Thembe Elephant Park towards KwaNgwanase (Manguzi).

    *** Please note that the road from Jozini often has cattle wandering across it and so caution and slower driving speeds are encouraged. Also particularly around the area of Tembe Elephant Park, the road has quite a few potholes. We have been advised that currently there are also some roadworks along this route, which may cause delays. If you would prefer an alternate route, do not turn off at Jozini, but rather continue on further south on the N2 taking the Hluhluwe turn off instead and proceed as per below directions.

    For non 4x4 guests :- Drive into KwaNgwanase (Manguzi ), through the town and when nearing the end, look out for the Total Garage - on your left handside. Once you arrive at this service station, there will be a Kosi Forest Lodge representative waiting to meet you. PLEASE PRE-BOOK WHICH PICK UP TIME YOU REQUIRE 12h00 OR 16h00.

    4x4 guests:- can proceed directly to the lodge. Just before the town of KwaNgwanase/ Manguzi, turn right onto the D1843 (look out for the police station emblem and the big tele-commucations tower further up from the corner) - then follow the signs straight through to the lodge (9km's).

    FROM DURBAN - Approximately 5 hours

    From Durban, proceed on the N2 North out of Durban bypassing Richards Bay, Empangeni and Mtubatuba and head towards the town of Hluhluwe. Turn off the N2 towards Hluhluwe, proceeding through the town until you reach the last traffic circle. Turn left towards Mbazwane/Sodwana Bay and proceed for 0.7 km and turn right again towards Sodwana Bay/Mbazwane. Shortly after turning right you will cross over a railway line. Proceed for 87 km bypassing Mbazwane on your right. Proceed straight through the circles following the signs to "Coastal Forest Reserve" and pass. Proceed for 46km km after Mbazwane (passing the Mseleni turn-off) and turn right at the circle Kosi Bay / KwaNgwanase sign.

    For non 4x4 guests :- Drive into KwaNgwanase (Manguzi ), through the town and near the end, look out for the Total Garage - on your left handside. Once you arrive at this service station, there will be a Kosi Forest Lodge representative waiting to meet you. PLEASE PRE-BOOK WHICH PICK UP TIME YOU REQUIRE 12h00 OR 16h00.

    4x4 guests:- can proceed directly to the lodge. Nearing KwaNgwanase, turn right onto the D1843 (look out for the police station emblem and the big telecommucations tower further up from the corner) - then follow the signs straight through to the lodge(9km's).
  • Cancellation Policy
    Cancellation Policy (Applicable to all confirmed reservations, except groups)
    We require written confirmation for all cancellations (e-mail or facsimile)
    Cancelled more than 60 days prior to arrival: 10% of the full accommodation charge
    Cancelled more than 30 days prior to arrival: 25% of the full accommodation charge
    Cancelled less than 30 days prior to arrival: 50% of the full accommodation charge
    Cancelled less than 7 days prior to arrival: 100% of the full accommodation charge
  • Arrival & Departure Times
    Check in from 12h00
    4x4 access only. Transfers available from Manguzi at 12h00 or 16h00.
    Secure parking available when arrive at Manguzi Total Garage
  • Terms Of Payment
    50% deposit to secure booking & full payment on departure from lodge
  • Confirmation only possible when deposit payment made
Directions
FROM JOHANNESBURG - Approximately 7.5 - 8hrs

From Johannesburg, head towards Piet Retief and then Pongola. Proceed through Pongola towards the town of Mkuze on the N2. 10kms before Mkuze turn left to Jozini - as you leave Jozini proceed over the dam wall. After 45km at a T-junction turn right towards "Kwangwanase". Proceed for another 47km past Thembe Elephant Park towards KwaNgwanase (Manguzi).

*** Please note that the road from Jozini often has cattle wandering across it and so caution and slower driving speeds are encouraged. Also particularly around the area of Tembe Elephant Park, the road has quite a few potholes. We have been advised that currently there are also some roadworks along this route, which may cause delays. If you would prefer an alternate route, do not turn off at Jozini, but rather continue on further south on the N2 taking the Hluhluwe turn off instead and proceed as per below directions.

For non 4x4 guests :- Drive into KwaNgwanase (Manguzi ), through the town and when nearing the end, look out for the Total Garage - on your left handside. Once you arrive at this service station, there will be a Kosi Forest Lodge representative waiting to meet you. PLEASE PRE-BOOK WHICH PICK UP TIME YOU REQUIRE 12h00 OR 16h00.

4x4 guests:- can proceed directly to the lodge. Just before the town of KwaNgwanase/ Manguzi, turn right onto the D1843 (look out for the police station emblem and the big tele-commucations tower further up from the corner) - then follow the signs straight through to the lodge (9km's).

FROM DURBAN - Approximately 5 hours

From Durban, proceed on the N2 North out of Durban bypassing Richards Bay, Empangeni and Mtubatuba and head towards the town of Hluhluwe. Turn off the N2 towards Hluhluwe, proceeding through the town until you reach the last traffic circle. Turn left towards Mbazwane/Sodwana Bay and proceed for 0.7 km and turn right again towards Sodwana Bay/Mbazwane. Shortly after turning right you will cross over a railway line. Proceed for 87 km bypassing Mbazwane on your right. Proceed straight through the circles following the signs to "Coastal Forest Reserve" and pass. Proceed for 46km km after Mbazwane (passing the Mseleni turn-off) and turn right at the circle Kosi Bay / KwaNgwanase sign.

For non 4x4 guests :- Drive into KwaNgwanase (Manguzi ), through the town and near the end, look out for the Total Garage - on your left handside. Once you arrive at this service station, there will be a Kosi Forest Lodge representative waiting to meet you. PLEASE PRE-BOOK WHICH PICK UP TIME YOU REQUIRE 12h00 OR 16h00.

4x4 guests:- can proceed directly to the lodge. Nearing KwaNgwanase, turn right onto the D1843 (look out for the police station emblem and the big telecommucations tower further up from the corner) - then follow the signs straight through to the lodge(9km's).
Cancellation Policy
Cancellation Policy (Applicable to all confirmed reservations, except groups)
We require written confirmation for all cancellations (e-mail or facsimile)
Cancelled more than 60 days prior to arrival: 10% of the full accommodation charge
Cancelled more than 30 days prior to arrival: 25% of the full accommodation charge
Cancelled less than 30 days prior to arrival: 50% of the full accommodation charge
Cancelled less than 7 days prior to arrival: 100% of the full accommodation charge
Arrival & Departure Times
Check in from 12h00
4x4 access only. Transfers available from Manguzi at 12h00 or 16h00.
Secure parking available when arrive at Manguzi Total Garage
Terms Of Payment
50% deposit to secure booking & full payment on departure from lodge
Rules/Conditions
Confirmation only possible when deposit payment made
Page Statistics
44255 page views since 15 Mar, 2006.
Last updated on 13 Mar, 2019.
Listed on WhereToStay.co.za for 16 years
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    1/8 - Room Interior
  • 2 of 8
    2/8 - Walking through the Raffia Forest
  • 3 of 8
    3/8 - Boat trip on the Lake
  • 4 of 8
    4/8 - Day visits to Kosi Bay Mouth
  • 5 of 8
    5/8 - Canoeing
  • 6 of 8
    6/8 - Deck/Dining area
  • 7 of 8
    7/8 - Outdoor Bath
  • 8 of 8
    8/8 - Swimming pool overlooking Lake Shengeza
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