The iSimangaliso Wetland Park—a World Heritage Site—includes Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, a stunning nature reserve in KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. The 11 000-hectare Kosi Bay Nature Reserve is a tropical wonderland of crystal clear water, marshes, coastal forest, and swamp. It is home to around 250 different bird species. The Lake itself is home to the country’s greatest Hippo and Crocodile populations, as well as unusual fish, flora, and fauna. The reserve runs from the Kosi Lake system’s Lake Nhlange to the Mozambique border and the Indian Ocean to the east. Anglers flock to the reserve, which offers some of the best fishing and snorkelling on the South African coast.
The Kosi Bay system is one of the most unique and beautiful unspoiled lake systems on the African coast, consisting of four lakes connected by a network of meandering canals with surrounding marshes. A wide variety of birds and animals, including hippos and crocodiles, live in the Kosi system. Bushbuck, duiker, and monkeys live in the coastal forest on the edge of the lakes, while approximately 250 kinds of birds live in the Raffia and Wild Date Palm woodlands, including the uncommon Fish Eagle and Palm Nut Vulture. Guests can participate in guided canoe expeditions, boat trips on the lake, fascinating woodland hikes, or day excursions to the adjacent coastal beaches to learn more about the unique environment of this KwaZulu-Natal nature reserve in South Africa. Leatherback and loggerhead turtles are found during the summer months, as well as humpback whales during their migration.
During the warm summer months between November and January, visitors can observe turtles as they come ashore late at night to lay their eggs on the reserve's sandy shores. There are plenty of tours and excursions for visitors to choose from. Furthermore, humpback whales can also be spotted off the coast during their migration calving in the waters off the Mozambique coast. Malaria is an endemic disease in the area, therefore tourists should take the required measures.
This lovely nature reserve in KwaZulu-Natal offers superb snorkelling and diving, as well as activities such as canoeing, boat tours, and guided hikes during the summer. Guests can explore the estuary, lakes, and forest on foot, in canoes, by boat, and on day tours to surrounding Big Five reserves during a KwaZulu-Natal vacation in the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve. These guided excursions include beach turtle monitoring and thrilling wildlife viewing at the adjacent Tembe Elephant Park.
In the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, guests can stay in chalets at the Kosi Bay Camp or in the magnificent Kosi Forest Lodge for some wonderful pampering. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park's Kosi Bay offers a beautiful beach refuge from the crowds of tourists who go to KwaZulu Natal’s beaches. Additionally, there are a few Kosi Bay lodging alternatives in the vicinity, ranging from basic self-catering cottages to luxurious lodges.
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