Bordering on Mozambique, the 11, 000 ha Kosi Bay Nature Reserve is a tropical paradise of crystal clear water and marshland, where endemic Raffia and Wild Date Palms, Mangrove and Sycamore Fig forests flourish. Unspoiled stretches of coastline and some of the highest forested coastal dunes in the world, separate the Indian Ocean from the most pristine lake system on the Southern African coast.
The lake system is made up of four, crystal clear, inter-connected lakes, which drain via a sandy estuary into the Indian Ocean, ensuring an abundant variety of fish, making Kosi Bay Estuary one of the great snorkelling destinations in the park. The four lakes, Lake Makhawulani, Lake Mpungwini, Lake Kunlange and Lake Amanzamyama, form part of the tribal home of the Tsonga people ( Zulu and Shangaan ) and their traditional Tsonga fish kraals, which are passed down from generation to generation and are still in use today.
KOSI ANIMAL WATCH
This unique Eco System combines to provide an ideal habitat for approximately 250 bird species, among them the African Fish Eagle, the Palm Nut Vulture and the Pel’s Fishing Owl, Hippos bask peacefully in the lakes and fish teem beneath the water.
From June to November, Humpback Whales can be seen off the coastline on their northerly migration to calve in Mozambique. From November to February the coastline offers a sanctuary for endangered Giant Leatherback and Loggerhead sea turtles, emerging from the ocean to create their nests in the warm sands of these pristine, protected beaches.
KOSI BAY IS THE NORTH EASTERN MOST POINT OF SOUTH AFRICA, AND ‘Crowning Jewel’ OF THE ISIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK AND WORLD HERITAGE MARINE RESERVE.