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About Utshwayelo Lodge and Camp

Kosi Bay, in the far north eastern corner of KwaZulu-Natal, is a system of four lakes ranging from freshwater to saline, that feed into the ocean at the mouth. It forms part of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park - a natural World Heritage. Age old traditions, passed down by generations of tribal existence, still continue to this day, such as ancient fishing kraals/utshwayelos erected and tendered by the resourceful Thonga people. Kosi Bay has been described as 'a wonderful aquarium and the most gorgeous aviary'.Utshwayelo Lodge and Camp, a community owned project, is the most north eastern accommodation in South Africa. We are the closest lodge in Kosi Bay to the sea and are situated at the entrance gate to the Kosi Bay Mouth Reserve and Estuary, 2.5 km from the beach. We are easily accessible in a sedan and are 5 km from the Mozambique border. Walk down and wade around the traditional fish traps and snorkel in the estuary with its kaleidoscope of over 200 species of tropical fish, surf from unspoiled beaches, boat on the magnificent lakes, or fly fish from the rocks. Do the turtle walk and watch big turtles lumbar out of the ocean to lay eggs on the beach, and little ones scampering back into the sea, from October to March. Take a guided hike or walk kilometres of pristine bush and beach, and swim in turquoise waters – or just read a book under magnificent ancient Umdoni trees next the swimming pool and enjoy a sundowner at the bar. Utshwayelo Lodge and Camp has it all – experience life with us in paradise.

  • Response Rate: 93%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 14 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering, Safari
  • Sleeps: 204
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 25 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beach
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
  • Northern Sotho (Sesotho sa Leboa)
  • Sotho (Sesotho)
  • Tsonga (Xitsonga)
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Full payment is due 30 days prior to arrival.

Utshwayelo Lodge and Camp Rooms

Reviews for Utshwayelo Lodge and Camp

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Don Pell
16 May 2018

Mike was the perfect host, attending to all our needs and informing us of things to do in the area which we appreciated so much.On the negative side we do think the facilities need upgrading ie laundry and camp wash up area as well as the Braais .We loved the pool area , communal kitchen and the pub area.I do believe in Mikes capable hand and the few negatives sorted it will be the best place to stay.

Richard Aikman
05 May 2018

Loved the idea of the communal kitchen and honesty bar.Overall needs a bit of work, no hot water in the scullery, leaking showers and doors that did not close and the braai per stand was just a truck wheel hub with no grid.A little more interaction from staff explaining the setup would go a long way

Heidi Aebersold
06 April 2018

Nice Position and easy accessible in Cosy Bay Mouth. We met great People at the poolbar who told us about the walk with Jeffrey next day. We joined them and had a fantastic experience exploring the rainforest, sanddunes and snorkelling in the lagoon at Kosi Bay Mouth. We booked a tented hut in a secluded area (according to SafariNow description) but got the Standard accommodation.

Anameli Asanza
22 January 2018

We had a wonderful time at Utshwayelo, everyone is very friendly and accommodating, the trip there from Pretoria is far but totally worth it !!

Berend Boom
28 August 2017

Nice people, great location!

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Utshwayelo Lodge and Camp Map

Utshwayelo Lodge and Camp is 4.8km from the centre of Kosi Bay , the nearest airport 113.3km (Maputo International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

Things to do in and around Kosi Bay

Kosi Mouth

(4.2 km from Kosi Bay)

3 reviews

Kosi Mouth, Kosi Bay - northern-most tip of South Africa. Beautiful white sand beaches that stretch forever. Snorkel in the sanctuary or let your kids play in the lagoon. Look out for eels, lion fish, boxies, triggerfish.

Kosi Bay Beach

(3.1 km from Kosi Bay)

5 reviews

Stretching south of the Mozambique border, the gorgeous sandy beach at Kosi Bay Nature Reserve has much to offer nature and ocean lovers. Part of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the beach lies parallel to the Kosi lakes...

Kosi Bay Mouth

(5.9 km from Kosi Bay)

3 reviews

The Kosi Bay estuary system consists of a series of interconnecting channels and four lakes that flow into the sandy estuary mouth before reaching the Indian Ocean. This subtropical paradise features spectacular wildlife, birds and plants, including...

Kosi Bay Nature Reserve

(3.8 km from Kosi Bay)

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...