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Stay in South Africa’s last unexplored wetland wilderness at Kosi Forest Lodge. Part of the Isibindi Lodge network, the Kosi Forest Lodge offers an immersive, luxurious experience in a biologically diverse wetland. Watch birds, track sea turtles or coast through the wetlands by canoe. There is no shortage of unique experiences to enjoy. 

Conscious of the privilege of being situated within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, Kosi Forest Lodge was built in an eco-conscious way, using nature as their guide. Tent-style thatched forest rooms sit under wide milkwood trees, with careful attention to blending into the pristine sand forest environment. 

250 kilometers from Richards Bay airport, this lodge is deep in the Kosi lake system. Experience the South African wilderness in tent-like forest rooms equipped with internet, mosquito nets, and a private deck. You can even shower under the stars, with the reed-screened outdoor bathrooms.

Their story

Kosi Forest Lodge is part of the Isibindi Africa Lodges, a group of hotels and lodges that preserve and protect the African wilderness and the planet. Founders Brett and Paige Gehren (pictured above) both have a background in conservation. They established one of South Africa’s first lodges in a protected wilderness sanctuary. Their commitment to nature and the local community is reflected in every one of their projects.

The Isibindi Africa lodges are a network of lodges in world-renowned protected wilderness areas including Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge. Isibindi prioritizes the local communities and works to partner with them. They are motivated to educate visitors in conservation, inspiring all who come to care for nature. They respect the ancestral lands of the locals while educating newcomers on all the land has to offer. Isibindi Africa Lodges run on the 6 core values of community development, respect, integrity, courage, love, and fun.

Kosi Forest Lodge sits within the Kosi Lake system, home to hippos, crocodiles, birds, butterflies, and turtles. The rich biodiversity warrants respect, which you can revel in while staying at the Lodge. Kosi Forest Lodge brings eco-conscious luxury to eco-tourism. 

Guests have a wide range of activities to choose from, all of which are educational and enriching. For the adventurous, safaris, snorkeling, and fishing are all available. Venture out of the park and see even more of what Africa has to offer. Kosi Forest Lodge offers all guests a new way to see and connect to nature. Read more about them here.

Sustainability actions

Lowest impact construction and operation

High level of energy efficiency

Pioneer in waste management

Fully organic and chemical-free operation

Actively protects nature and community

Most Popular Activities near Kosi Forest Lodge

  • Boat trips on the lakes
  • Snorkeling and sea kayaking
  • Turtle tracking
  • Forest walk
  • Bird watching
  • Fishing
  • 4×4 safari

Best time to visit Kosi Forest Lodge

  • If you want to catch the turtle breeding, visit this eco lodge between November and January.
  • They also recommend visiting them between March and June as the weather is the best during these months.



per person per night

  • Forest room

    Includes all meals, guided canoe trips and guided walks in the raffia forest.

    $ 134
  • Family room

    Includes all meals, guided canoe trips and guided walks in the raffia forest.

    $ 134


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