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KOSI BAY

The main town in Maputaland is called Kosi Bay. This is a misnomer because there is no bay and the town known as Kosi Bay is still 30 km from the coast. Kosi Bay is also known as Manguzi (or eManguzi) situated in the KwaNgwanase district. The region signposted as Kwangwanase.

Kosi Bay is a rich tapestry of lakes which borders Mozambique, has been described as the last haven of untouched African paradise. It is a wonderland of blue sea and dazzling white beaches, wetlands and lakes and reed channels, raffia palm forests and mangrove swamps. Exploring the area is only possible in a 4-wheel drive vehicle.

About Kosi Bay

Kosi Bay – a Section of Isimangaliso

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.  The sandy mouth offers great swimming, snorkeling and paddling for kids.

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.

December 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 eggs. 

The local Thonga (the Tembe community) have a rich and fascinating history. Kosi Bay is famed for the traditional, woven fish traps and palisade kraals used by the community for well over 700 years – a skill passed down from generation to generation. The palisade fish kraals consist of a guide fence that curves in towards a fish trap, allowing fish easy entry but no escape. The traps are designed for small fish to escape, so there’s no major impact on the thriving fish population.

 Kosi Bay offers some of the most exciting birding opportunities in southern Africa to both local and foreign visitors. 

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.

Kosi Bay mouth is a conserved Coastal Forest, therefor you cannot just drive to the beach without a vehicle permit, and only 20 vehicle permits are being issued per day.

About Us

 
 

Thobeka – Just genuine African bush living

Guesthouse, Camping, Backpacking, Lodging, B&B

Set amongst big shady trees in a peaceful rural setting, Thobeka epitomises simplicity where there are no frills but genuine African bush living.

Providing self-catering accommodation and camping sites in true African style, we offer twin rooms, double rooms, dormitories and family rooms. Each room is built according to the Zulu tradition and are connected by a wooden walkway that leads to a fully fitted kitchen, hot showers and toilets, and a swimming pool.

Bring your own camping equipment and relax in the shades underneath the stars.

We provide hot showers and toilets as well as a laundry service at a small fee so you can put on some clean clothing after enjoying a hot revitalising shower.

Our self-catering kitchen is well-stocked with cooking utensils, crockery and fridges as well as tea, coffee and sugar.

The bar is as it should be ~ packed with cold beers and sofas and a hammock or two so you can kick back and enjoy. Beside the bar is our swimming pool should you wish to take a dip and cool off, not far from yet another cold beer.

Our braai area is located next to the pool and about three steps from the bar so you can braai, take a dip in the pool, a swig of your beer and embrace the freedom that Thobeka offers you.

Evenings at Thobeka are reliant upon what you wish to experience. You could either sit around the fire, dance around the fire, beat your African drum, tell stories, have a kitchen party or relax and gaze at the twinkling African night sky and listen to the sound of nature.

Local amenities are in close proximity to our African bush lodge where you can purchase food products, local fruit and vegetables and African souvenirs to take home with you to your family and friends. A Petrol station, Pharmacy and ATM are also in the vicinity.

Our staff, born and raised in the village, have a wealth of knowledge and experience of Zulu culture, history and the local village itself and will shower you with African hospitality that is teeming with the richness of the Mother Land providing you with an all-round authentic African experience!

Please take note that you don’t need a 4 x 4 vehicle to get to Thobeka as it is easily accessed with any city car!

  • 5 km from Mangusi, the nearest town
  • 14 km from the Mozambique Border
  • 22 km from Kosi mouth, nearest beach
  • 32 km from Ponta do Oura, Mozambique
  • 45 km from Tembe Elephant Park
  • 93 km from Sodwana Bay
  • 157 km from Hluhluwe
  • 200 km from Maputo, Mozambique
  • 220 km from St. Lucia
  • 254 km from Richards Bay
  • 387 km from King Shaka Airport
  • 414 km from Ushaka Marine World, Durban

Safaris / Activities

Our activities are an amazing experience. Herein Kosi Bay you can explore the world – a beautiful blend of nature, ocean, underwater life, birdlife, lakes, forest and villages. Absolutely recommendable! We love making memories with you……

Contact us for your next Safari!

Call on 072 446 1525

Email:   info@kosi.co.za

We pick you up at your accommodation in Kosi Bay, take you to Parks Board Office where we you get your permit to enter the Isimangaliso Wetland Park and drive with you to the destination at hand. After the activity, we drop you off at your accommodation again. The entry permits are valid for Kosi Mouth, Black Rock and Isimangaliso Reserve Camp.

KOSI MOUTH

Kosi Bay Mouth is a pristine paradise with clear waters, thick forests & swamps and most importantly, the sandy beaches. Moreover, its untouched natural beauty is a haven for a wide variety of wildlife ranging from mammals to birds and fish. 

You can contact us now (072 446 1525 or email info@kosi.co.za) for your Kosi Mouth excursion.

RAFFIA PALM TREE FOREST

Take a hike trough the sub-tropical Raffia Forest. Experience the vegetation type that is unique to this part of South Africa.

Call us now at 072 446 1525 or email us info@kosi.co.za to book your hiking trip through these giants.

THONGA FISH KRAALS

The fish kraals have been in existence for hundreds of years and are a source of sustenance to the Tembe Tribal people. Age old traditions passed down by generations of tribal existence that still continues.

Call us now at 072 446 1525 or email us info@kosi.co.za to learn more about the fish traps.

TEMBE ELEPHANT PARK

Tembe Elephant Park is real wild country. The park is situated within the sand-veld ecological zone and consists mainly of closed woodland and secondary thicket formation. The zone falls within a transition area between tropical and sub-tropical forms and therefore is home to a great diversity of vegetation as well as over 340 bird species, making it a delight for bird lovers

We pick you up from your accommodation in Kosi Bay and bring you back after the tour. Give us a call at 072 446 1525 or email us at info@kosi.co.za to make reservations for your Tembe trip.

HORSE RIDING

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone they say! If you have never sat on a horse, with us at Kosi Bay Horse Trails you will have a great time trying it out for the first time. Our horses are calm and careful, we are safety conscious and know what we are doing. 

Give us a call at 072 446 1525 or email us at info@kosi.co.za to arrange your horse ride.

BIRD WATCHING

Kosi Bay offers bird lovers a paradise among the coastal and dune forests, grasslands and wetlands where you will see birdlife of every description. Kosi Bay is not a cohesive conservation area and one needs to visit the different birding areas on individual excursions.

We pick you up from your accommodation in Kosi Bay and bring you back after the tour. Give us a call or WhatsApp at 072 446 1525 or email us at info@kosi.co.za. Tours are between 4 to 8 hours, depending on all the sites we visit. Remember to take your binoculars, camera, bird book and comfy shoes, something to eat and drink. It is going to be a long day!

3 LAKES BOAT CRUISE

Hop on a boat for a cruise around the 4 Lake system, see Hippo, flamingo, and the old crocs.  A 3 hour lake cruise traveling over 3 lakes viewing the beauty of Kosi Bay, going past the Fish Kraals/Traps; Snorkeling in the one of the side channels; and for the bird lovers, you will find a variety of Kingfishers,  Grey Heron, Rosy-throated Longclaw,  African Pygmy-Goose, Palm-nut Vulture, African Fish Eagle, Pel’s Fishing Owl.

We pick you up from your accommodation in Kosi Bay, take you to Parks Board office where you collect your entrance ticket and deliver you to the skipper. After the boat cruise we pick you up return you to your accommodation. Give us a call at 072 446 1525 or email us at info@kosi.co.za to make arrangements for your next boat cruise.

DAY TRIPS

You will need a 4 x 4 vehicle to visit most of the beaches in and around Kosi Bay, or known as untouched African paradise! Explore with us Bhanga Nek, Black Rock, Lala nek, Sodwana Bay, or do beach hopping and see all the remote beaches in one day! We will also take you to Ponta do Oura and Ponta Malengane.

Give us a call at 072 446 1525 or email us at info@kosi.co.za for more information. We pick you up from your accommodation in Kosi Bay and bring you back after the tour.

HIKING TRAILS

Hiking is fun and is a great travel experience, also an awesome way to immerse yourself in nature which is good for the mind and body. Our hiking trails promise to be an awesome experience!

Give us a call at 072 446 1525 or email us at info@kosi.co.za for more information. We pick you up from your accommodation in Kosi Bay and bring you back after your hiking experience.

TURTLE TOURS

An adventurous night excursion to look for nesting Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles. In November and December, you are likely to see them nesting and laying eggs. From January to March, you have a good chance of seeing hatchling turtles making their way to the sea in the moonlight.

Turtle Tours (November – March):  Turtle tours to Bhanga Nek can be arranged through us. We pick you up from your accommodation in Kosi Bay and bring you back after the tour. Give us a call at 072 446 1525. Seats are limited!

WHALE WATCHING

Every winter pods of whales embark on their annual migration from Antarctica to the South East African coast to mate and calve, one of the lengthiest migrations in the world. The migration to the warmer climate ensures the safety of calves, from their natural predators the Orcas, as well as increases their survival rate in the warmer environmental conditions. They migrate to cold waters in high latitudes to feed and then move on to warmer waters to mate and give birth.

July, August, and September mean whale watching season! Come and experience these ethereal mammals in all their glory while you indulge mind and body on one of the best beaches on the African continent! Combine your whale watching experience with one of our Kosi mouth activities for an experience of a lifetime! Call us now on 072 446 1525 or email us at info@kosi.co.za.

WE REGRET, No Quad Bikes, Jetski’s, Water skiing, Kite surfing, Wake Boarding, Barefoot Skiing, Fly boarding, Parasailing, boat tubing.

Quad Bikes are absolutely not allowed as they are off road vehicles (not licensed to be on a public road).  All the roads in our area, leading to the lakes, the lodges and private dwellings are accessed by the public and are therefore considered a public road. ​

Jetski’s, Water skiing, Kite surfing, Wake Boarding, Barefoot Skiing, Fly boarding, Parasailing, boat tubing: Not allowed on the lakes or the estuary.