Kosi Bay is situated on the North Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, just few kilometres from the Mozambique border. Kosi Bay is well known for its four natural lake system which form part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Kosi Mouth is known as “the aquarium” because of the clarity of the water and the abundance of fish species. It is one of the quietest beaches in South Africa. Kosi Bay is also home to the famous 700+ year old traditional Tsonga fish traps (Fish kraals).
The main town is Manguzi, aprox. 11 kilometres away from Kingfisher Bush Lodge. Most supplies and food can be bought in Manguzi town, but it is always recommended to bring camping and emergency supplies with.
Bird species in the area include the palm-nut vulture, Pel’s fishing owl, white-backed night-heron, Fish Eagles and kingfishers. Duiker, hippopotamus, crocodiles and bull sharks are also present. The loggerhead and endangered leatherback sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach. Turtle tours can be arranged between November and March each year.
The Kosi palm has the largest leaf of any plant. Endemic species include the Kosi cycad and Kosi fern. It is one of very few places on earth where five different species of mangrove trees are found in one area.
Today, Kosi Bay continues to be the proud home of the Tsonga people. The Tembe Traditional Authority (led by Chief Israel Tembe, a descendant of the ancient Tembe kingdom) exercises political control over the area. The Tembe Elephant Park testifies to this ancient Tsonga history.