“A superbly crafted eco-lodge at the heart of the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, close to the Indian Ocean and the enchanting waterways of the iSimangaliso Wetlands”
There are 8 guest huts - 2 of which can be linked to make a family unit - hidden away amongst the sand forest. They have tented sides, thatched roofs and attractive dark-wood decking. Although Kosi Bay is a low-risk malaria area, the beds have mosquito nets, as well as colourful cotton bedspreads and really comfortable mattresses. At the far end of each hut, screened behind reed-covered panelling, is a dressing room with a sink, a wardrobe and a toilet which gives access to the sand-floored boma bathroom, open to the stars and overhung by branches. A bath here will become a treasured Kosi memory.
Although basic, we loved the combination of wood and canvas and the authentic bush feel of the huts. And they really come into their own at night when you can sit out on your deck, or laze in your hammock, gazing at the night sky. The absence of electric lighting means there is little light pollution; the night skies at Kosi are unbelievable.
The day at Kosi begins at around 7am when a thermos of hot water - you have a selection of teas and coffee in your hut - is delivered to your deck. Breakfast follows at around 8am; a large buffet laid up beneath the huge Zulu podberry tree at the main lodge. There are cheeses, cold meats, cereals, homemade muffins and croissants, boxed fruit juices, and a cooked breakfast order is taken at your table by one of Kosi Lodge’s ever-smiling staff.
Unless you’re here for several days the chances are that your lunch will be a picnic, perhaps overlooking the Indian ocean or on the banks of the lake. The food is adequate rather than memorable: a few nibbles, followed by a selection of salads - maybe potato or chicken mayonnaise, water melon and goat’s cheese, or chopped beetroot - and cold meats and cheeses, accompanied by corn bread baked that morning back at the lodge.
But if the lunches don’t exactly sing, the dinners here are really special. There’s a cosy thatched bar to one side of the dining area where you soon get chummy with your fellow guests, and a fire is lit on the boma, sending shadows dancing across the forest canopy. You eat on the main deck or follow a lamp-lit path which winds through the forest to a small clearing, where a circle of tables have been set up under the Albizia trees. A set menu is served every night: starters tend to be soups or salads, and being in the bush yet close to the sea, you may be treated to barbecued fish or meat from the braai. There’s a small selection of South African wines, beers and soft drinks.
The low risk of malaria means that the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve is a popular destination for families with children. They’d get good mileage out of the beach, the wildlife, the small swimming pool and the canoe trips along the waterways.
Teens (over 12)
There is a family suite, made up of 2 interconnecting rooms, which can sleep up to 5 people.