Kosi Bay Coastal Forest Reserve is located in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. It encompasses large tracts of the Kosi Bay Lake System, which is unique and is made up of four lakes of varying size and salinity levels. This provides a base for varying habitat types. A highlight of any trip to the Kosi Bay area are the traditional fish traps which have been used for 700 years. Watching the fishermen spearing fish caught in the traps and observing this sustainable way of life first hand is a touching experience. The birding is excellent and you have a good chance of spotting rare and endemic species such as the vegetarian Palm Nut Vulture or the elusive Pel’s Fishing Owl. There are hippos and crocodiles within the lake system but there seems to be a pleasant equilibrium between hippos and man here. The water is unbelievably clear which provides great visuals of hippos and fish moving under water.

Why we like it

Unique coastal safari experience; Several rare bird species; Remarkable clear waters allow for easy viewing of hippos and fish

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 21700 Ha
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Hippo
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Kosi Bay

Accommodation in Kosi Bay Coastal Forest Reserve

Kosi Forest Lodge

Kosi Forest Lodge is a simple yet elegant tented camp in the Kosi Bay Coastal Forest Reserve. The lodge is situated within a community reserve, and as such, guests will pass quaint rural villages on their way to the forest dwelling. Once in camp, the wonderful ambience will have guests feeling truly alive and refreshed right from the get go.…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Kosi Bay Coastal Forest Reserve

Eastern Aspects of Southern Africa

The eastern part of South Africa offers some of the most diverse landscapes imaginable. Pristine tropical beaches, undeveloped and vast, stretch the coastline. The Big 5 roam the savannahs and the forests are enchanting. The lakes and rivers contain a myriad bird, aquatic, and tree life. This trip offers a diverse range of experiences, from snorkeling to Big 5 safaris,…

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Duration: 10 nights, 11 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Samango Monkey
Red Duiker
Cape Clawless Otter
Water Mongoose

Key Species

Cape Clawless Otter
Red Duiker

Trumpeter Hornbill
Palm-Nut Vulture
African Fish Eagle
Purple-Crested Turaco
Malachite Kingfisher

Nile Crocodile
Green Mamba
Puff Adder

Outeniqua Yellow Wood
Raffia Palm
Tree Wysteria

Grassland / Open Plains
Open Water

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 1
Mammals: 3
Birds: 8
Reptiles: 5
Trees: 7
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