Kosi Bay and Surrounds, Attractions and Activities
The Kosi Bay Lakes
You can experience the best bird watching and fishing on numerous boat excursions (through the lodge or your own boat) on the lakes. This system consists of four lakes, which change from crystal clear salt water in the estuary through to black hippo waters in the Raffia Forest on the fourth lake, and a series of inter connecting channels, which eventually drain via a sandy estuary into the Indian Ocean. It is home to a large variety of birds and animals including hippos and crocs. Kosi is famous for fishing, and a large part of time spent at Kosi, is on a boat on one of the lakes. Fish species include Spotted Grunter, Giant Kingfish & various other king fish species, pick handle barracuda, stump nose, rock salmon and bream. Fresh sand prawn baits work well for most species as well as a properly presented fly or artificial lure. Remember that you need a fishing permit for each fisherman for b oth lake and shore fishing.
Kosi Bay Mouth
Part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the beach lies parallel to the Kosi lakes. Access to Kosi Bay estuary and beach, is a about a 35-minute drive requiring a 4WD vehicle. The route provides spectacular views across the fish trap dotted lake to the sea from the top of the high dunes. Snorkelling and swimming are a must at the mouth, and there are places to picnic, so a day trip is recommended. Visitors have to pay for day entry permits into the Park, which need to be bought at the KZN Parks Board. There are a limited number of permits available daily.
Turtle Tracking in Kosi Bay
In Summer (Oct – Feb) Giant Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles make their way home having swum the length of the continent in a return journey to the beach where they were born. These fascinating creatures are highly endangered.
Tembe Elephant Reserve
Roughly 45 min drive from the lodge, Tembe is a big 5 game reserve hosting some of the biggest tuskers in Africa. A 4×4 is required to traverse the park and vehicle numbers are limited per day so get there early especially during peak holiday season. There are various picnic sites within the reserve and a visit to the main water hole is a must. The reserve has an abundance of game including, Lion, Elephant, White & Black Rhino, leopard and most plains game. Tembe also has an impressive list of birds for the avid ornithologist.
Sodwana Beach (70.7km from Kosi Bay)
Sodwana Bay offers an incredibly long stretch of pristine beach to explore and walk. During December and January, thousands of visitors come here for their summer holiday, so keep this in mind if you’re seeking a quiet break. Scuba diving is very popular, and dive boats launch daily to the outlying coral reefs. There’s great horse riding on the beach and in the reserve.
Ponta do Ouro Beach (10.2km from Kosi Bay)
Ponto do Ouro, just over the Mozambique border boasts wonderful beach based activities including surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming with dolphins, turtle watching tours, hiking trails, horse riding trails and canoeing. Ponta do Ouro is also home to the infamous Fernando’s bar, which is famous for its ‘R&Rs’ and its warm hospitality.
Tembe Elephant Park (44.5km from Kosi Bay)
Situated in an area that was once the ancient ‘Ivory Route’ linking Mozambique and Zululand, Tembe Elephant Park (and home to the Big 5) is renowned for having the largest elephants in Africa. The park is remote, lying deep in the sand forests and wetlands in northern Tongaland, right on the border between KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique. You will need a 4WD vehicle to negotiate the sand tacks and only ten vehicles are allowed into the park daily, but it’s definitely worth the effort. This is where you can meet over 220 of these elephants thriving in their ancestral birthplace.
Mabibi Beach (49.8km from Kosi Bay)
One of the last pristine and undeveloped wilderness beaches left on the African coastline, Mabibi Beach is a sub-tropical paradise and perfect playground. This magical sandy Maputaland beach is hidden in a sheltered bay surrounded by coastal forest. The crystal clear, warm water offers tranquil swimming, awesome snorkelling on coral reefs and exclusive offshore scuba diving.