iSIMANGALISO FOR VISITORS

Kosi Bay

Kosi Bay comprises four lakes linked by a network of channels. The Kosi estuary offers extraordinary snorkelling opportunities and is one of the world’s top fly-fishing destinations. Traditional fishing practices dating back 700 years are still passed down from one generation to the next. This is the only place where all South Africa’s mangrove species and the only stand of naturally occurring Raphia palms occur.

Accommodation

The Kosi Bay Camp is situated on the western shore of Lake Nhlange, the largest of Kosi’s four lakes and is run by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. The camp consists of self catering cottages that are set in the bush and the campsites are situated in the vicinity of the Lake's shore.

Activities

  • Salt-water fly-fishing
  • Fishing on the lake by boat, shore or from a jetty close to the campsite
  • Night fishing at the Kosi Bay Mouth
  • Hiking
  • Turtle tours (November – February)
  • Birding

Other places of interest nearby:

  • Kosi Estuary and viewing the fish kraals and snorkelling (permits obtainable from the Kosi Bay reception)
  • Bhanga Nek, Boteler Point, Dog Point, Black Rock

Getting there

N2 from the south: from Hluhluwe take the R22 towards Sodwana Bay. Pass Mbazwana and continue to KwaNgwanase – following the signboards to the Farazela Border Post between South Africa and Mozambique. Continue through the town and after 7km turn right onto a sand track. The 5km sand track to the camp requires the use of a 4x4 vehicle, or a vehicle with a diff lock.

N2 from the north: Drive to Jozini and continue to KwaNgwanase. Continue through the town and after 7km turn right onto a sand track. The 5km sand track to the camp requires the use of a 4x4 vehicle, or a vehicle with a diff lock.

Public facilities

Ice, cold drinks and a small range of books are available at the Reception office. Annual fishing licences are also available. The Umdoni day-visitor area is shaded and has a number of braai facilities.

Park entry fee and opening times

  • Gate opening and closing times:
    • 06h00 to 18h00
  • Reception hours
    • 08h00 to 16h00 (Mon – Sat)
    • 07h00 to 15h00 (Sun)
  • Entry fee:
    • Adults – R50
    • Children (under the age of 12) – R25
    • Vehicle charge – R50
  • Community Levy: R5 per person
  • Camp contact details: +27 35 592 0236

Operators working at Kosi Bay
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