(18 km from Thobeka Backpackers Lodge)
The Kosi Bay estuary system consists of a series of
interconnecting channels and four lakes that flow into
the sandy estuary mouth before reaching the Indian
Ocean. This subtropical paradise features spectacular
wildlife, birds and plants, including interesting
species of mangrove and palms.
Hippo and crocodile occur in the higher reaches.
Leatherback turtles come here to lay their eggs in nests
on the beach. Birds to tick off include Pels Fishing Owl
and the endangered Palmnut Vulture. The sandy mouth
offers great swimming and paddling for kids.
Kosi Bay Beach
Stretching south of the Mozambique border, the gorgeous
sandy beach at Kosi Bay Nature Reserve has much to offer
nature and ocean lovers. Part of iSimangaliso
Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the beach
lies parallel to the Kosi lakes and long strip of high
sand dunes interrupted by a sandy estuary. Dolphin
and whale watchers will be delighted by frequent
sightings, particularly during winter when humpback
whales migrate north to calve in the warmer Mozambique
waters. You could take a boat trip from Ponta do Oura or
go surfing with our tour guide to see dolphins and
whales and there is some great snorkelling on the reefs.
and January is a particularly exciting time in Kosi Bay,
for this is when loggerhead and leatherback turtles haul
themselves up the beach to scoop out nests and lay their
Access to Kosi Bay estuary and beach is a 30-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.