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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

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Thobeka Lodge

5 Reviews
Sleeps 61 in 18 rooms

50% OFF   Thobeka Lodge is a very rustic bush Lodge located in Kosi Bay, situated close to beautiful beaches, game parks and lakes.This lodge offers...
R150 R300
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Kosi Bay Casitas

26 Reviews
Sleeps 94 in 27 rooms

Kosi Bay Casitas offers a hint of Mozambique in South Africa, close to Sodwana Bay and Ponta Malongane, making this an ideal stopover for...
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Chinderera Eco-Lodge

1 Review
Sleeps 8 in 3 rooms

This is a boutique Eco-lodge, situated 10km from the Mozambique border, on the edge of the world heritage site, Isimangaliso wetland park....
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Kingfisher Bush Lodge

3 Reviews
Sleeps 16 in 8 rooms

15% OFF   The Kingfisher Bush Lodge is located in Kosi Bay, South Africa, as part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The...
R510 R600
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Kosi Moon Bed and Breakfast

9 Reviews
Sleeps 16 in 6 rooms

Kosi Moon B&B is located in the Kosi Bay area, just outside the little town of Manguzi,...
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Maputaland Lodge

13 Reviews
Sleeps 10 in 5 rooms

10% OFF   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...
R828 R920
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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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