Eco-friendly Accommodation Kosi Bay – KwaZulu-Natal | Eco Lodge, Game Lodge, Nature Reserve, Romantic, Weddings & Events.

From R2010 per person sharing *Incl. meals & activities *Seasonal

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Kosi Forest Lodge is a private lodge situated in the unspoilt wilderness that is part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, now internationally recognised 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.

Set in a beautiful sand forest on the banks of the Kosi Lake, thatched bush suites are carefully positioned to provide guests with privacy and an intimacy with the peaceful surroundings.

Rates are per person per day sharing including accommodation, meals, teas & coffees, guided canoe trip and guided walk in Raffia Forest.


Kosi Forest Lodge Safari Tent

The thatched bush suites are hidden in the sand 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.

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 suite is completely private and allows couples to enjoy the serenity of the surrounding sand forest undisturbed.

A safe for valuables available at reception.


A massive Zulu Podberry tree is the focal point of the main lodge with the lounge, dining room and bar all opening onto a large wooden deck around the tree. Kosi Forest Lodge takes full advantage of Maputuland’s sultry weather with most meals served alfresco – on the deck or under large Albizia trees. A swimming pool built into the deck, at the lake’s edge is always a welcome sight.

Candles light this electricity free lodge, adorning it with a warm, romantic ambience reminiscent of wild African adventures of long ago.

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Photo by Chris Rabie – Kosi Forest Lodge

Kosi Forest Lodge offers a variety of nature based eco-activites. A highlight for many guests is a guided canoe trip on the Kosi Lakes, where they get the opportunity to canoe along the Sihadla channel and admire the magnificent bird life and Raffia Palms. 

Enjoy the privileged experience of turtle tacking between 15 November and 15 January, view Giant Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles from a safe distance!

A full day boat trip is an incredible way to explore the Kosi Lake system or guests can see how the sea and lakes interconnect in a wonderful swirl of colour, sand and water and go snorkeling in the warm, crystal clear waters on a Kosi Mouth Visit. Included in stays of one night is an early morning or late afternoon guided Raffia Palm Forest Walk where many have caught a glimpse of the rare palm-nut vulture.


Green Cleaning
Local & Organic
Responsible Body Products
Water Wise Practices
Sustainable Energy Acumen
Eco Architecture
Community Upliftment
Fair Trade Tourism Practices

It is an immense privilege to have a lodge facility within this very unique and precious environment and that the lodge makes it possible for people to access and enjoy the incredible variety and beauty of the lake system, Raffia forests, swamp forests, Estuary and Maputaland Marine Reserve. The responsibilities that come with this privilege are taken very seriously, both to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and its conservation ethics, and to the community.

In consideration of these ethics, the rooms and lodge buildings were built on raised stilts to render as light an imprint as possible. Rooms were sensitively placed around trees, with special care not to disturb the canopy.

The water from the communal areas is recycled by filtering it through a natural reed bed system.

The Lodge generate their own power, and switch generators off overnight to reduce emissions. Low impact LED lighting and paraffin lanterns have been used.

All waste is sorted; and glass, metal and paper are recycled and organic matter is composted.

They are conscientious about using cruelty-free, natural body products and environmentally-friendly cleaning products.

Kosi Forest Lodge predominantly use organic ingredients that have been sourced locally in their cuisine.

The Isibindi Africa Lodges believes in partnership with local communities. In the case of Kosi Forest Lodge, the Myayiza community owns the land that the lodge is built on and we, Isibindi Africa Lodges, lease it from them. 80% of the lodges employees are from the local community, providing families with much needed work and income in a rural area with low employment providing families with much needed work and income in a rural area with low employment. The local community also earn an income by offering cultural activities to the lodge, and local produce for sale. A notable benefit that the community has seen from the inception of the lodge is the building of a centre used for a mobile clinic, providing access to medical assistance.

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Opening Hours















Check in: 12:00 ; Check out: 10:00


Our Address:

Kosi Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Our Useful Features & Services

Intermittent WiFi

Limited cell phone coverage