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About Kosi Bay Nature Reserve

Situated in the northernmost section of the stunning iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Kosi Bay Nature Reserve is a wonderful sub-tropical wilderness escape.

Four interconnected lakes and an estuary link up to the ocean, offering a playground for canoeing, boat trips, snorkelling, hiking, bird watching and horse riding. The Kosi lake system is home to numerous birds and animals including hippos and crocs.

Humpback whales are regularly seen from the beach on their migration to calve in Mozambique. During December and January loggerhead and leatherback turtles labour up the sandy beaches to lay their eggs.

Community run trails offer a fascinating glimpse into the history and culture as well as an experience of the natural beauty of the area. The traditional fishing reed traps are definitely worth a visit. These structures have been handed down from father to son for hundreds of years. If you hook up with a local Tonga fisherman you could try and catch a few fish with their traps.

Access to Kosi Bay mouth and beach is a 45-minute drive requiring a 4WD vehicle. The route provides spectacular views across the fish trap dotted lake to the ocean from the top of the high coastal dunes.

Kosi Bay is in a malaria region. If you are planning to travel to iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Kosi Bay please consult your doctor or travel clinic for advice and refer to our article on malaria.

Things to do in Kosi Bay

Accommodation near Kosi Bay Nature Reserve

Maputaland Lodge

15 Reviews
Sleeps 10 in 5 rooms

This area needs a 4x4 to do activities. Up to us it’s not a problem but from us a 4x4 is needed for the beach, mouth, lakes, Mozambique or...
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Kosi Bay Lodge Private Chalet...

8 Reviews
Sleeps 56 in 8 rooms

Kosi Bay Lodge Private Chalets resides within the original Kosi Bay Lodge premises, a lodge that...
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Shukihawu Lodge

1 Review
Sleeps 50 in 23 rooms

Hello and welcome. Bonjour et bienvenue. Sawubona futhi wamukelekile. Shukihawu B&B and Lodge is a friendly and efficient family-run bed...
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Kosi Bay Casitas

29 Reviews
Sleeps 149 in 28 rooms

15% OFF   Kosi Bay Casitas offers a hint of Mozambique in South Africa, close to Sodwana Bay and Ponta do Ouro, making this an ideal stopover for...
R204 R240
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Bay Camp

Sleeps 12 in 2 rooms

Located 3.2 km away from the beach, Bay Camp offers an idyllic getaway to guests visiting the coastal area of Kosi Bay. It is a great...
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Kosi Bay Palm Tree Lodge

13 Reviews
Sleeps 155 in 23 rooms

The Palm Tree Lodge is located in the northernmost part of the St Lucia Wetlands and borders on the greenbelt of the Maputuland coastline. ...
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Kosi Bay Nature Reserve is 3.8km from the centre of Kosi Bay , the nearest airport 116.1km (Maputo International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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