Kosi Forest Lodge

Kosi Forest Lodge

Kosi Forest Lodge

From ZAR 2470 per person sharing per night

Kosi Forest Lodge is situated within iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, giving you the opportunity to experience exclusive, close encounters with the untouched African wilderness.

The lodge is surrounded by untold biodiversity and beauty that you simply have to see for yourself. There is limited electricity, and candlelight gives the lodge a warm, romantic ambience reminiscent of wild African adventures of long ago.

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Kosi Forest Lodge offers the ultimate in eco-tourism accommodation, with 6 Forest Rooms and 2 Family Rooms. Each room is built from the perfect combination of thatch, tarpaulin and wood – the ideal way to feel connected with the outdoors while feeling safe and cosy.

Private decks with outdoor furniture overlook the forest, but it is the heavenly bathrooms that are the undisputed highlight – they literally open to the night skies, with generous baths and open-air showers set under the trees.

Double Room:

  • Comfortable accommodation in wood, thatch & canvas chalets, nestled into the sand forest, with romantic outdoor boma bathrooms as well as inside shower, toilet and basin. Rooms have wall fans. Excluding levies.

Family Room:

  • Comfortable accommodation in wood, thatch & canvas chalets, nestled into the sand forest, with romantic outdoor boma bathrooms as well as inside shower, toilet and basin. Rooms have wall fans. Excluding levies.

Twin Room:

  • Comfortable accommodation in wood, thatch & canvas chalets, nestled into the sand forest, with romantic outdoor boma bathrooms as well as inside shower, toilet and basin. Excluding levies.

Room Amenities:

  • Shower 
  • Tea + Coffee
  • Safe
  • Bath
  • Mosquito nets
  • Laundry service
  • Wall fans
  • Electricity 
  • Private deck

The lodge facilities are designed to enhance your experience of the exquisite wilderness. 

  • A massive Zulu podberry tree is the focal point of the main lodge with the lounge, dining room and bar all opening onto a large wooden deck around the tree.
  • Your buffet breakfast and luncheon are served in the covered dining area where you’ll also find a 24/7 tea and coffee station with delicious homemade biscuits. You’ll enjoy most of our generous and flavourful meals on the outdoor dining deck.
  • Our well-stocked bar serves all your usual favourites against the backdrop of the forest and lake.
  • Meals are often served around our wooden deck boma, where a crackling fire is lit in the evenings. Our tucked-away forest boma plays host to extra-special dining experiences.
  • Kosi Forest Lodge is a bird-lover’s haven. Spend a quiet afternoon in our bird hide nestled in the sand forest, and we bet that you’ll be able to tick some of those lesser-known species off your list!
  • The swimming pool overlooks Lake Shengeza. While away the afternoon cooling off, sipping on your favourite drink while watching the resident pod of hippos.
  • Enjoy a pleasant, easy walk through the grassland and forest that surrounds the lodge. The walking path winds gently around Kosi Forest Lodge, ending up at our swimming pool overlooking the lake. As you walk, listen and watch out for fascinating birds and animals.

To truly appreciate the beauty of the unique surrounding ecosystem of waterways, intertwined lakes, grasslands and ancient forests, you need to spend a few days exploring - either by canoe, motorised boat or on foot. With so much to do, your only regret will be not having booked to stay for longer at this otherworldly paradise.

There ia a long list of activities to experience:

  • Guided canoe trip
  • Guided walk in raffia forest
  • Bird watching
  • Exploring lakes & waterways on guided canoes or day trips on motor boat
  • Watch hippos, crocs & flocks of flamingoes at sunset
  • Take a trip down to the magnificent Kosi Bay Mouth and explore the fascinating 700 year old Thonga Fishing Traditional Fish Traps
  • Fabulous snorkelling year round in warm waters.
  • Track turtles from Nov to Jan.
  • Also excellent fishing.

Kosi Forest Lodge is situated in the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park this is a nature lover's paradise just south of the Mozambique border.

Kosi Forest Lodge has the privilege of being surrounded by the Kosi lake system, a unique ecosystem that is home to a spectacular variety of birds and animals. This tropical paradise boasts crystal clear waters, marshland, lakes, swamp and coastal forests, and all are populated with fascinating creatures great and small.

Kosi Forest Lodge is accessible by 4x4 vehicle only. Guests who are NOT travelling in a 4x4 vehicle should meet a representative from Kosi Forest Lodge at the Total gas station in the main street of Manguzi. They must arrange a pickup time (either 12h00 or 16h00) with our reservations department when making a reservation. Guests will follow our representative to a secure parking area in the town where they will leave their vehicle. They will then be transferred in an open 4x4 vehicle to Kosi Forest Lodge. The transfer time is approximately 25 minutes.

Rates Include:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Teas
  • Certain guided activities

Rates exclude:

  • 4×4 transfers
  • Park fees
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Isibindi Foundation levy 

Extra info:

  • Children over 18 cannot share room with 2 adults due to size of extra beds.
  • Baby Sitters are available. 24 hours notice required.


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