KOSI FOREST LODGE

iSIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK, SOUTH AFRICA

An Enchanted Hiding Place

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AMENITIES & FEATURES

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Property Type:  Eco Lodge

Season:  All Year Around

Accommodations:  ​ 8

Types of Accommodations:  Cabin/Tents

Environment:  Forest/Woods

Nearest Airport:  Richard's Bay

Starting Rates:  $161 USD

YOUR ECO-FRIENDLY AMENITIES... 

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  • Renewable Energy Sources

  • Recycling Services

  • Locally Sourced Food

  • Water Conservation Methods

  • Energy Efficient Lighting

  • Solar Power

  • Housekeeping

AMENITIES...

  • Showers in Room

  • Toilets in Room

  • Restaurant on Property

  • Outdoor Bathroom Boma

  • Wall Mounted Fans

  • Mosquito Nets

  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities

ACTIVITIES...

  • Guided Canoeing

  • Boat Trip on Lake System

  • 4x4 Excursion to Kos Mouth for Snorkeling

  • Raffia Forest Walks

  • Birding

  • Turtle Tracking (Nov-Feb)

Eco Practices

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  • Minimize physical, social, behavioral and psychological impacts

  • Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities

  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect

  • Provide financial benefits for Conservation

  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts

  • Provide financial benefits & empowerment for local people

  • Deliver memorable interpretive/educational experiences to visitors

Wonderland of Forests and Waterways

Enter a magical waterworld of lakes, raffia forests and the home of the only fruit-eating vulture in the world. Your rustic yet comfortable forest room on raised wooden platforms is tucked away under the canopy of a large natal fig or milkwood tree, and every morning begins with the chorus of a myriad of birds. Feel the soft white sand between your toes and the shade of the peaceful forests, listen to the call of the fish eagle, embrace the warm welcome from their staff and know that you have left the stress of your busy life behind.

 

This rustic 16 bed lodge nestled in a beautiful sand forest on the waterways of the Kosi Lakes System offers comfortable accommodation in wood, thatch & canvas chalets. Our forest rooms make you feel truly connected with the outdoors, while safe and comfortable. All rooms have both romantic outdoor bathroom bomas as well as en-suite indoor showers. 

 

A nature lover’s & birder’s paradise which can be explored by guided canoe trips, boat trips on the lakes, Raffia Forest walks or 4x4 excursions to nearby pristine beaches offering excellent snorkeling.

 

From November to January nocturnal Sea Turtle Tracking is available.

 

Sundowners are enjoyed on the swimming pool deck.

Their Eco Story

Travel is powerful when it connects us to a purpose and a community.

JOURNEY WITH PURPOSE
When you travel with Isibindi Africa Lodges you become part of the family that has as it's purpose saving our planet for our children's children. This purpose drives them at Isibindi Africa Lodges whether it's removing single-use plastics, creating micro-economies in their neighboring communities to supply their lodges, replacing plastic water bottles with reusable ones for guests, investing in huge solar energy farms, refusing to serve seafood at their beach lodge that is not ethically harvested, recycling unused lodge food into feeding schemes for their neighboring creches etc.

The founders of Isibindi Africa Lodges, Brett and Paige Gehren, both come from a strong conservation background. This has and always will be their authenticity. Twenty five years ago they began with pioneering community conservation establishing one of South Africa's first lodges in a protected wilderness sanctuary with the local community as joint shareholders. Today they own a number of lodges scattered around Africa in world-renowned protected wilderness areas and partner with many neighboring communities. Their purpose is to create a human fence between their wilderness areas and neighboring communities so that the flow of benefits to these communities motivates them to protect these resources.

 

Neighboring communities need to share in these flow of benefits. Without this they have not only lost their ancestral lands but also access to its resources.

When traveling with Isibindi you will be supporting a host of community projects that rely on the lodges you will be visiting, to flourish and improve people's lives.

 

Their conservation programs range from supporting conservation of the endangered turtles on Mabibi beach (tagging, guide training, monitoring) to their children's environmental programs in rhino education in rural neighboring communities and financially and logistically assisting the anti-poaching units.

They are situated in a World Heritage Site.
Over 95% of their staff is employed from local communities. The percentage of staff PDI is 100%.. 26 of the 34 staff members were previously unemployed.


They work closely with the community and conservation services on projects, as well as up skilling staff to enable them to attain their dreams.  


They employ a practice of no single use plastic, solar power and have a grey water project.

Part of the Isibindi Africa Lodges

Please VISIT KOSI FORESTLODGE to book directly with the property