Kosi Forest Lodge

Top choice lodge in Kosi Bay

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9.1 out of 10

The only private lodge in iSimangaliso’s Kosi Bay region, and surrounded by the sand forest’s Umdoni trees, this intimate 16-bed lodge offers a dreamy, luxurious – given the remote circumstances and limited electricity and wi-fi – experience. Accommodation is in romantic safari tents. They're a blend of Out of Africa (wooden decor and muted furnishings) and natural (the ultimate in ingenious outdoor bathrooms).

There are activities (some included in the nightly rate) on tap, and guest transfers are available from nearby Manguzi. If you want to get here yourself you'll need a 4WD vehicle to navigate the sand roads.

Quick description via booking.com

Kosi Forest Lodge is privately tucked into the tranquil sand forest alongside the Kosi lake system, located in the Isimangaliso World Heritage Park. It offers well-appointed rooms in a natural surrounding. The thatched rooms are raised on a wooden deck and offer roll-up canvas blinds. Each room features a unique outdoor and reed-enclosed bathroom. The dining area is situated at the main lodge, opening up onto a spacious wooden deck. There is also a bar and a shared lounge. Guests in Kosi Forest Lodge can enjoy their privacy, relax by the pool or choose from a range of activities, including guided canoeing, raffia forest walks and day boat trips across the lakes. King Shaka International Airport is 387 km away, while the border to Mozambique is 24 km from the property.

Important information

Please inform Kosi Forest Lodge in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.
This property is accessible via an unpaved road, which may be unsuitable for some vehicles.
Please note that the lodge can only be accessed in by 4x4 vehicle.
Alternatively, a transfer can be organised by the lodge from Manguzini town, which is offered twice daily at a set time. The transfer needs to be pre-booked with the lodge in advance.

Please note that battery recharging facilities are available, but there is no electricity and cell phone coverage is limited.

Features of Kosi Forest Lodge


  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Airport shuttle
  • Fishing
  • Babysitting/child services
  • Family rooms
  • Free parking
  • Internet services
  • Gift shop
  • Canoeing
  • Packed lunches
  • Snorkelling
  • Wifi
  • Sun terrace
  • Outdoor pool (all year)
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Shuttle service (free)
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Shared lounge/tv area
  • On-site parking
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Kid meals
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Secured parking

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Safety deposit box
  • Non-smoking throughout


  • Laundry
  • Ironing service
  • Daily maid service


  • Free WiFi available


  • Private parking