Kosi Forest Lodge is situated in the unspoiled wilderness that is part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, now internationally recognized as a World Heritage Site. The 16-bed lodge offers comfortable accommodation, fine cuisine and caters for a host of estuarine, beach and wilderness activities. Explore this unique ecosystem by guided canoe, boat trip on the lakes, raffia forest walks or day excursion to nearby coastal beaches. Discover one of South Africa’s best ecotourism destinations.
The six thatch, glass, and canvas Forest Rooms are nestled in a captivating indigenous forest of the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve providing privacy under the forest’s peaceful canopy of shady trees. The rooms are raised on a wooden deck with a beautifully appointed bedroom, balcony, dressing room and separate bath and shower. The romantic en-suite bathroom is open-air in a reed-enclosed boma. Set in white beach sand and positioned under one of the huge forest trees, guests are guaranteed a truly unique experience. The bedrooms have low wooden walls with mosquito netting and roll-up canvas blinds allowing for full views of the surrounding forest.
Kosi Forest Lodge has become increasingly popular as a honeymoon destination. The Honeymoon Forest Room is completely private and allows couples to enjoy the serenity of the surrounding sand forest undisturbed. Complimentary honeymoon treats include a bottle of sparkling wine, private dinner and romantic turndown on night of arrival.
Kosi Forest Lodge is an outdoor paradise for children and can be easily accommodated in the two Family Rooms comprising of two chalets each with en-suite shower, basin and toilet as well as a common outdoor boma bath and shower. The two chalets are linked by a short walkway.
Activities available at the lodge consists of guided canoeing, fishing, snorkeling, birding, boat trips, Kosi Mouth visit, Raffia Palm Forest walk and turtle tracking.
Kosi Forest Lodge is ideal for solo explorers, couples
Transfers, park fees, beverages, gratuities and items of a personal nature.
Children sharing with adults 0-3 years: no charge.
Children sharing with adults 4-12 years: 50% of adult rate.
Children sharing with adults 13-18 years: 75% of adult rate.
Babysitters are available. 24 hours notice required.
The Kosi Explorer Package has been discontinued effective 1 May 2018. Any bookings for this package confirmed before 30 April 2018 will be honored.
From $ 110
Includes: Accommodation, all meals, canoeing & Raffia forest walks.
Excludes: 15 Dec20 to 15 Jan21 and Easter Weekend
|Dates||Rates (PPS)||Rates (SINGLE)|
|01 May 2021 — 31 Jul 2021||$ 110||$ 143|
|01 Aug 2021 — 30 Nov 2021||$ 146||$ 190|
From $ 183
Includes: Accommodation, meals, teas & coffees, guided canoe trip and a guided walk in Raffia Forest.
|Dates||Rates (PPS)||Rates (SINGLE)|
|01 May 2021 — 31 Jul 2021||$ 183||$ 239|
|01 Aug 2021 — 30 Apr 2022||$ 243||$ 317|
"A secluded house in the forest, lit by oil lamps, the voices of hundreds of birds, a wonderful camp fire, great food and the best bread I've ever eaten. Great excursions and lots to discover! Very friendly staff! A place for nature lovers!"
"Spent two nights at the Kosi Forest Lodge. The experience was unbelievable. The lodge is in the middle of nowhere and that's what makes it so beautiful and so romantic. The staff was wonderful as was the food. We went on 2 tours proposed by the lodge and they were both fantastic. Our guide took us to a deserted beach where we had a great picnic. So good. We've never seen such a beautiful and tranquil place! Definitely recommend staying at the Kosi Forest Lodge for at least 2 nights!!!"
"The 2 nights we spent at Kosi forest Lodge were really nice! The food was great and the staff very friendly and interested in your well being. The lodge is surrounded by beautiful forests and lakes. We did the boat tour through the various lakes, spotted some hippos and had a swim in the middle of one the lakes where the water is clear, about 1 m deep with a white sandy floor! Awesome! After that we went on to the beach, where we had a picnic lunch and another swim, this time in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. What a wonderful day! That night we had dinner in a clearing literally "inside" the forest, oil lanterns led us from the lodge to a beautifully set table surrounded by more oil lanterns and a camp fire. Precious! Our guided canoe experience was absolutely amazing, beautiful and peaceful! Would definitely go back for more as there was not enough time to do all that there is to do!"
"We spent 3 nights at Kosi Forest Lodge sleeping in thatched huts in the midst of the forest under mosquito nets. The staff were very welcoming and we enjoyed our stay immensely despite all the rain. Unfortunately we were unable to go on the guided canoe trip because of the storms but we did the Raffia Palm Forest Walk, went on a boat trip on the lakes to see the fish kraals and snorkeled at the delightful Kosi Bay Mouth. A 4 wheel drive is essential!"
"Great place to rest, sleep among trees and ear, on the morning, birds and monkeys. Staff is so careful, meals are very good (they care about kiddies menus). Swimming pool is next to the lake where hippos are resting ;) We enjoyed our stay very much!!"
"We stayed in the lodge for 2 nights. The staff were lovely and accommodation was good. We enjoyed the snorkeling, hippo watching and waking up amongst in the middle of the forest. The rooms were clean, well maintained and the outside shower and bath were amazing!!"
"There is not a thing about this place that they are getting wrong! Perfect for our first visit & introduction to this beautiful area. Everything (food, rooms, facilities, activities) at the lodge is a perfect balance between - luxurious but not starched. Relaxed and unpretentious, yet you feel thoroughly spoilt & in such a beautiful location. All levels of staff share the same friendly & helpful attitude - and every little detail is taken care of. The guided activities & picnics are worth every cent. Heartily recommend this place and it's value for money especially when visiting this area without a 4x4. Thank you Kosi Bay Lodge - don't change a thing!"
"We spend only one night, but it was a great experience. We did the walk in the forest plus the Canoe excursion. They both were very interesting, Joseph, our guide, was very gentle and he told us great stories about his culture and a lot of details regarding the forest and the wildlife. Our room was very cool with the outside shower! And the bed is huge!"
"We stayed at Kosi for two nights and had a wonderful time. The location is lovely and we enjoyed the canoe trip and the forest walk. The staff were excellent and even put on a surprise birthday dinner for my wife. Overall a very enjoyable and relaxing visit. It is also a good place to stay to combine a visit to the fantastic Thonga Beach Lodge."
"Sometimes glamping is so removed from the natural environment that you may as well stay in a hotel. Not this one. This is the “real deal” in terms of close contact with nature, of course combined with a good dose of plush comfort. Rustic and beautiful tents on raised wooden platforms in a nature reserve, Kosi Forest Lodge gives a feeling of being amongst the trees. This is African safari style at its most authentic and lovely. Each tent has a thatched roof, with half-wooden, half-canvas sides – the ideal way to feel both connected with the outdoors and safe and cosy. There are smooth wooden floors and a private deck with outdoor furniture. The beds are garnished with white linen, and a wide, white mosquito net. An indoor basin, toilet and dressing area are separated from the bedroom. Then one walks out to a heavenly bathroom – literally open to the night skies, with a generous bath, raised from the sand, and an open-air shower set under a pretty tree. The bathroom is completely private, with a natural reed wall all the way around. Happy sighs. There is limited electricity, which adds to the safari feel. At night the path through the sand forest to dinner is lit with oil lamps. One may choose to have meals in the lounge, on the deck or at a boma with roaring campfire in the centre. The meals are both generous and delicious. The open bar is the gathering place to discuss the choice of adventure activities for the day, which include snorkeling, a Raffia Palm walk, kayaking or a boat ride through the lakes to a natural swimming beach. With some intense discussion we choose the self-drive snorkeling option, and arrive to find a duffel bag packed with every possible convenience for our day trip. We feel like children, where a kind Mom has thought through every possible moment and has packed everything one might need for the day. After a surreal time floating gently along the reef at the mouth of Kosi Bay, we drive up to a viewpoint of the four lakes for our picnic lunch. We are starving squeal with delight when we open our packed picnic basket, which is full of interesting treats. We sit on our picnic blanket and nod with approval, saying “These people know how to keep a tourist happy.” Accommodation Experience: We wake at 7am after almost 10 hours of sleep. We lift every one of our 7 tarpaulin awnings and watch the sun rise through the dappled forest. We speculate about the size of the critter we heard munching outside our tent at 3am. My partner insists it may have been a hippo, but I argue that sounds get magnified in the dark night such that it may have been a large grasshopper. We settle on the more likely scenario – that it was probably an antelope (albeit a very large one, mumbles my partner). At 7.15am a flask of hot water and fresh milk arrives for our morning coffee, with a gracious and gentle “Good morning.” I take my coffee out to a warm bath and lie watching the run rise higher in the sky, while an Emerald-Spotted Wood Dove calls. Suddenly there is a loud honking, followed by a snort and grunt. “You see!” calls my partner. “There are hippo here.” “Yes,” I concede, “and it did sound rather close.”"
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