Last updated on Feb 7th, 2017 at 02:56 pm

Kosi Forest Lodge is a haven for honeymooners, families and adventure seekers 

Nestled in the unspoilt wilderness of KwaZulu-Natal, Kosi Forest Lodge – owned by Isibindi Africa Lodges – offers guests an unparalleled experience with nature.

Kosi Forest Lodge, the only private lodge in the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, is situated in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a proclaimed World Heritage Site that boasts unrivalled biodiversity and exquisite beauty – making it the perfect destination for visitors wanting to escape the busyness of city life.

The lodge comprises eight enchanting bush suites, each accessed through a natural corridor of giant Albizia and Podberry trees with white beach sand underfoot. These suites are neatly tucked away in the forest and are built in such a way that they provide guests with an intimate experience amidst the peaceful surroundings. The lodge also offers honeymooners the opportunity to enjoy the serenity of the enchanted forest, undisturbed.


The rustic en-suite outdoor bathrooms are situated in a reed-enclosed boma, offering an ultimate “Out of Africa” indulgence where ancient Milkwood trees replace the ceiling, and stepping stones and smooth sand make up the floor.

Furthermore, Kosi Forest Lodge is an outdoor paradise for children, allowing them to learn about and interact with nature. Parents have the opportunity to enjoy some downtime by making use of the in-house babysitting service. The lodge offers family accommodation in the form of a suite comprising two separate chalets, each with an en-suite shower, basin and toilet. These chalets are linked by a short walkway and also share an outdoor boma bath and shower.

Photo at Kosi Bay . Kosi Forest Lodge near Lake Shengwedzi

The evening’s light is provided by old fashioned paraffin lamps, and flaming torches bordering the pathways of trees light the way to the boma dining area. Here, a delicious three-course meal, with organic vegetables sourced from locals is enjoyed by candlelight. Guests looking for a more romantic setting can choose to dine next to a flickering fire on the deck – under the starlit sky or in a private boma set deep in the forest.

Those wanting to spend a relaxing day at the lodge can make use of the crystal clear pool which overlooks Lake Shengeza: here, guests can enjoy throngs of birds in the trees overhead and grunting pods of hippo just metres away.


Brett Gehren, Owner of Isibindi Africa says, “At Kosi Forest Lodge we pride ourselves in offering travellers a unique experience in nature and guests can enjoy activities such as boat trips on the lakes and waterways which includes a picnic and walk to the Bhanga Nek – a six-kilometre stretch of pristine beach on the Indian Ocean. Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy snorkelling and 4×4 excursions to the Kosi River Mouth – known as ‘the aquarium’ because of the clarity of the water and abundance of fish species. There is also an opportunity to participate in guided walks through the Raffia Palm Forest. Here, one might catch a glimpse of the rare palm-nut vulture – the only fruit-eating vulture in the world. A highlight for many guests is the guided canoe trip through the Sihadla Channel.”

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The prize details are as follows:

· Two nights for two people at Kosi Forest Lodge to the value of R10 000,00
· This prize is valid for one year from date of publication
· Reservations must be confirmed four weeks prior to date of travel
· The prize may not be booked during the month of August, from 15 December to 15 January, public holidays or long weekends
· Included: two nights’ accommodation, all meals, teas and coffees for two people sharing a Bush Suite
· The prize includes: return 4×4 transfers from Manguzi, guided canoeing tour on the lakes and guided walks through the Raffia Palm Forests
· The prize excludes: motorised boat trips on the lakes, 4×4 excursion to Kosi Bay Mouth, park fees, drinks, items of a personal nature and gratuities which are for the prize winner’s personal account
· The prize may not be exchanged for cash


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