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About Utshwayelo, Kosi Mouth 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.

Safari: Our permanent luxury tents offer guests a Safari style stay with a pristine beach and nature reserve to explore.

Beach: Utshwayelo Kosi Mouth, Lodge and Camp is the closest establishment to Kosi bay Mouth beach and estuary. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Family friendly: Our property is an informal relaxed lodge with swimming pool. It is a safe environment where kids can play and roam free in the campsite and fenced lodge area.

Covid Safety Approved: Our property is prepared according to FEDHASA guidelines. Our staff have been trained on COVID preparedness, including PPE, hand hygiene, social distancing and wearing masks, and we clean our property with all mandatory disinfectants


  • Garden
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beach
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Double/Twin rooms
  • Fridge
  • House Keeping
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Covid Safety Approved
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans
  • Tsonga (Xitsonga)

Important Information

Full payment is due 30 days prior to arrival.


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  • 2 night min stay (check-in between 11 Oct 2021 and 30 Nov 2021)

Utshwayelo, Kosi Mouth Lodge and Camp Rooms

Reviews for Utshwayelo, Kosi Mouth Lodge and Camp

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Robyn Richmond
21 December 2020

Communication from the camp manager Enoch was very poor. He seemed hugely disinterested.1. Our poor camp site. Campsites are advertised as all having shade from a large tree. This is true for most except ours. This was not made clear to us when booking and no effort was made to accommodate our two requests to change despite the camp not being full.2. Our trip to see the turtles was disappointing due to the badly behaved group we were linked up with and the fact that we only returned to the camp after midnight due to vehicle problems. I understand that the tour is hosted by independent operato...
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Leon Bezuidenhout
17 December 2019

All good, a wonderful experience.

Kevin Maguire
11 December 2019

Didn't have long enough due to really crappy weather.

Khensani Mdluli
30 November 2019

The place is terrific, will always recommend someone to stay. In fact I am coming back next summer

Charles van der Walt
18 August 2019

Cleanliness, user friendly.

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Utshwayelo, Kosi Mouth 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