Kwa-Zulu Natal is renowned for its beautiful beaches, lush vegetation and vivid history. Tucked away in the extreme north of the province is Kosi Bay. This fisherman’s paradise is not as well known to international and local visitors as some of the province’s more popular attractions, such as the game reserves, battlefields and coastal resorts.
Kosi Bay is not a bay at all, but 4 interlinking lakes, a broad channel leading to an estuary which in turn feeds into the sea at the Kosi Mouth, and three large swamp areas. The lakes are separated from the ocean by a strip of forested sand dunes. The four lakes are named Makhawulani, Mpungwini, KuNhlange and Amanzamnyama.
The bays eco system comprises 16 different wetland types including shallow marine waters, reefs, estuarine waters, mangroves and tidal forests, fresh waterand saline lakes.
The lakes form part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park which encompasses beaches that stretch 220 kilometres from Maphelane in the south, to Kosi on the Mocambique border.
Due to its location and not so easy access, the lakes have not been over-fished like so many of the other popular fishing spots along the coast.
Fishing in the surf will land the lucky fisherman species ranging from shad, red snapper and grunter to the larger species of Kingfish, sand sharks and skate. The estuary system offers up grunter, snapper, bream and many more.
The lakes are best fished from a boat and although the fish can be elusive (as any keen fisherman will tell you), being on the lakes is a wonderful experience with or without catch. It is still possible to fish from the banks even if you do not have a boat.
The beauty of the lakes and the relaxing atmosphere is just perfect for a quiet “get away from it all” vacation.