South Africa is a spectacular country filled with rolling mountains, beautiful rivers and oceans, and stunning vistas which all contribute to a variety of lovely landscapes.
Nestled in a corner of Kwa-Zulu Natal is a very special place called Kosi Bay. With its untouched stretches of wilderness and scattered cultural villages, it is just one of the many unique places we as South Africans can proudly call our own.
Kosi Bay is made up of a series of four interlinked lakes in Maputaland’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The lakes drain through an estuary into the Indian Ocean. Kosi Mouth is fishing, birding and diving paradise.
There is nothing quite as intriguing as an estuary. The change between the sea and river, with the tides of the ocean and the constant fresh water flow and sediment of the river makes an estuary a natural food area for a wide range of aquatic creatures.
Locally known as “the aquarium” because of the cleanliness of the water and the profusion of fish species, taking a trip down the estuary by boat is just short of a magic experience.
“I never knew of a morning in Africa when i woke up and was not happy”
– Ernest Hemmingway
The coast that runs parallel invites fishermen to throw a line into the salt waters of the Indian Ocean and with rare bird species like the Pel’s fishing owls, palm-nut vultures and white-backed night herons, the area is a twitchers wonderland. Many visitors come for the annual loggerhead and leatherback turtle breeding season during November to February, when the large leathery females drag themselves up the beach to lay their eggs, or weeks later when the eggs open and the tiny turtles wriggle their way out and rush down the shore to the safety of the ocean.
With all these wonders and many more to enjoy, you can only wake up happy every day.