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Kosi Forest Lodge

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5 star
South Africa
Kwazulu Natal
Kosi Nature Reserve Manguzi, South Africa

Kosi Forest Lodge

Kosi Forest Lodge is set in a beautiful sand forest on the banks of Lake Shengeza in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The vibrant African town of Manguzi is a 20 minute 4×4 transfer from the lodge. Richards Bay (3.5hrs) and Durban (6hrs) lie south of Manguzi.


2 NIGHT SPECIAL R3490 per person sharing, valid 1-30 Sept 2018 only!

Includes 2 night’s accommodation, all meals, teas & coffees, guided canoeing on Kosi Lakes System & guided walks through ancient Raffia Forests.

T & C’s apply

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. Kosi Forest Lodge takes full advantage of Maputoland’s sultry weather with most meals served alfresco – on the deck or under large albizia trees.

Candles light the area at night giving it a warm, romantic ambience reminiscent of wild African adventures of long ago.

The swimming pool overlooks Lake Shengeza where you can while away the afternoon cooling off, sipping on your favourite drink while watching the resident pod of hippos safely below. To get to the launch site for the daily guided canoeing, one walks along pathways forged by hippos grazing at night.

While canoeing one gently glides through waterways reminiscent of Amazonian vistas. After carefully navigating this area, we gently cruise through the Sihadla Channel with its swampy forests, marshlands and abundant birdlife. The Kosi Lakes are home to rare birds such as the Pels fishing owl and the palm nut vulture and there is a very good chance of seeing both on your visit.

Kosi Forest Lodge is set in a beautiful sand forest on the banks of the Kosi Lakes system and provides unique accommodation in iSimangaliso. The thatched bush suites are carefully positioned to provide guests with privacy and an intimacy with the peaceful surroundings. The romantic en-suite bathrooms are open-air, giving guests a truly unique experience. Guests can relax at the pool with its unsurpassed views of Lake Shengeza.

All our bedrooms have the following features:

  • Private Deck
  • Indoor and Outdoor Shower
  • Bath – Outdoor Bathroom/Boma
  • Safe
  • Mosquito Nets
  • Laundry Service – Additional Charge
  • No Smoking
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Electricity 24/7

To truly appreciate the beauty of this unique eco-system of intertwined lakes, waterways, ancient forests and grasslands you need to spend a few days exploring either by canoe, motorized boat or on foot. Nothing is quite as peaceful as exploring the waterways by guided canoe as the early morning sunlight reflects the magnificent trees that line channels.

Other activities include:

  • snorkelling
  • fishing
  • boat trip on the lakes
  • birding
  • 4×4 excursion to Kosi mouth
  • Raffia Palm forest walk
  • canoeing
  • turtle tracking
  • Tembe elephant park
  • famous fish traps of Kosi Bay

Rates are quoted per person per night sharing.

Single supplement of 30% applies.

Rates are inclusive of accommodation, meals, teas & coffees, guided canoe trip and guided walk in Raffia Forest.

Child Sharing Policy:

Kosi Forest Lodge cannot accommodate an additional bed in any rooms. 2 family suites available.

Child sharing 0-3yrs: No Charge

Child sharing with 2 adults, 4-12 years: Pay 50% of adult sharing rate

Child sharing with 2 adults, 13-18 years: Pay 75% of the adult sharing rate

Number of Rooms 8 Canvas & Thatch Cabins
Maximum Guests 20
Children Yes.
Children served dinner before adults
Wi Fi Yes in main lodge area. Intermittent.
Cell Phone Coverage Yes but limited
Air Conditioning No
Fans Yes – wall mounted
Swimming Pool Yes
Hair Dryer No
Electricity Limited generator power / solar
Bath Yes outdoor
Shower Indoor & outdoor
Mosquito Nets No malaria free
Safe Yes
Telephones No
Laundry Service limited at additional charge
NO Smoking Policy No smoking permitted indoors
Wheelchair Access No
Distance Between Rooms 5 – 20 metres
Malaria Low risk


  • May-Sept temperature ranges from 10c-25c
  • Sunny days with very cold mornings & evenings
  • Oct-April temperature ranges from 19c-38c
  • Days are hot and humid with occasional afternoon and evening thunderstorms
  • Sea temperatures between 21c-26c

What to Pack

  • Comfortable, casual, cool, cotton bushwear
  • Hats, windbreaker year round
  • Swimwear, hats and sandals – summer
  • Comfortable sturdy walking shoes
  • Smart casual wear for dinner
  • Sunscreen, binoculars, cameras, spare batteries, lip cream, contact lens solution, spare glasses, reference books

Season Highlights

  • 15 Nov-16 Jan Turtle Breeding Season
  • Mar-Jun Best weather
GPS Co-ordinates S27° 01’43.00” / E32° 47’13.00”
Access by Road 4×4 is required. Complimentary 4×4 transfers offered twice daily from Manguzi. Secure parking available in Manguzi for guest cars.
Nearest Airports Richards Bay Airport
Access by Air Daily flights to Richards Bay ex Johannesburg with SA Express 3hr 45 min road transfer to lodge. Regional & international flights to King Shaka International Airport 5hr 30 min road transfer to lodge..

Policies of Kosi Forest Lodge

A 50% deposit is required on confirmation and the balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. For bookings made within 40 days of travel, full payment is required on confirmation. Payment can be made via bank transfer. Bookings cancelled more than 60 days prior to arrival: 10% of the full accommodation charge Bookings cancelled more than 30 days prior to arrival: 25% of the full accommodation charge Bookings cancelled less than 30 days prior to arrival: 50% of the full accommodation charge Bookings cancelled less than 7 days prior to arrival: 90% of the full accommodation charge Refunds, if agreed, are subject to a 10% administration fee.
Children served dinner before adults
All accepted. No debit cards.
Please ensure to enquire about booking extra activities.

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