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Kosi Forest Lodge | An enchanted hiding place.

Kosi Forest Lodge is situated within iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, giving you the opportunity to experience exclusive, close encounters with the untouched African wilderness. The lodge is surrounded by untold biodiversity and beauty that you simply have to see for yourself.

About the Lodge

There are very few truly unspoilt places left in the world. The area surrounding Kosi Forest Lodge is one of them. Conscious of the privilege we have of being situated within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, Kosi Forest Lodge has been created in an eco-conscious way, using nature as our guide.

A natural connection

There are so many reasons to escape to Kosi Forest Lodge - the unparalleled beauty and wilderness of the natural surroundings, the chance to completely relax and get away from it all and the time to connect with what’s truly important in life.

Discover an ancient land

Listen out for the abundant birdcalls and perhaps catch a glimpse of the rare palm-nut vulture which is regularly seen in the forest canopy. Our experienced and passionate guides will delight in showing you all that this pristine natural area has to offer.


Our innovative chef and professional culinary team are the source of much acclaim, not only for their sumptuous cuisine which will delight your palate while nourishing your body, but also for the ethical and sustainable philosophy which underpins how everything is sourced and prepared behind the scenes.


The lodge facilities are designed to enhance your experience of the exquisite wilderness. To help you make the most of the natural surroundings throughout your stay, the common and private facilities at the lodge are focused on getting you to observe and explore nature as you go about your day. We take full advantage of Maputaland’s sultry weather, and most meals are served al fresco under a canopy of magnificent trees.


Your breakfast and luncheon are served in the covered dining area, where you’ll also find a 24/7 tea and coffee station with delicious homemade biscuits. You’ll enjoy most of our generous and flavourful meals on the outdoor dining deck.


Our well-stocked bar serves all your usual favourites against the backdrop of the forest and lake.


A massive Zulu podberry tree is the focal point of the main lodge with the lounge, dining room and bar all opening onto a large wooden deck around the tree.


The swimming pool overlooks Lake Shengeza. While away the afternoon cooling off, sipping on your favourite drink while watching the resident pod of hippos.


Meals are often served in our forest boma, where a crackling fire is lit in the evenings. We usually serve a traditional South African braai showcasing typical local cuisine


Enjoy a pleasant, easy walk through the grassland and forest that surrounds the lodge.


Completely private, our outdoor bathrooms under the trees are a Kosi Forest Lodge highlight. Lie back, relax and feel truly at one with the soothing sights, sounds and smells of the surrounding sand forest..

Our rooms immersed in nature

Our rustic yet comfortable forest rooms on raised wooden platforms are tucked away under the canopy of large natal fig or milkwood trees, and every morning begins with the chorus of a myriad of birds.

Kosi Forest Lodge offers a choice of six Forest rooms and two Family rooms all nestled between the trees of a sand forest with enough distance between each room to make you feel as if you are the only person on earth. Each room is set on a raised wooden deck with tented sides and a thatch roof. Each room has a small private deck where you can enjoy your morning coffee while listening to the forest come alive. Although each room has an indoor shower it is the outdoor bathroom that is the highlight for many. The bathroom boma is encircled by reed screens affording you total privacy while you enjoy an outdoor shower or bath gazing up at the forest canopy with stars twinkling beyond.

Contact Us

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

GPS: S27° 19’ 47.00”E32° 45’00.00”

Tel: +27 (0) 35 474 1473


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