Top Accommodation in Kosi Bay

Top Accommodation in Kosi Bay

The area known as Kosi Bay consists of four interlinked lakes within the Maputaland area of northern KwaZulu-Natal.

The most notable and recognisable town within the Kosi Bay area is Manguzi, which is a popular stop for those travelling through to neighboring Mozambique.

Since the region forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a wide variety of flora and fauna are found. Visitors can expect an abundance of bird life, whilst the prospect of spotting hippopotamus, crocodiles, turtles and various species of sharks are possible in Kosi Bay.

Kosi Bay is also home to the indigenous Raffia Tree Forests and is thus a must-see for those travelling to the area.

Kosi Bay is home to the Tembe Elephant Park, this Big 5 Game Reserve offers both accommodation and game drives for visitors. Tembe is one of the lesser known Big 5 reserves, but makes for a great experience for all who visit.

Manta rays and whale sharks are known to visit the area, further adding to the phenomenal array of natural beauty that is expected. The area can only be explored with a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Kosi Bay is located a mere 2 kilometers away from the Mozambique border. Visitors can expect a tropical climate and spectacular coastlines. The area is a popular snorkeling spot or for anyone looking to sit back and enjoy a serene getaway.

The region is the original home of the Thonga people and has been for the past 1000 years.

Kosi Bay sees a number of overseas tourists who wish to explore the area and spend a holiday in one of South Africa’s hidden gems.

Home Food and Travel magazine has compiled a list of the Top Accommodation in Kosi Bay for you to consider on your next visit to or when stopping over in the town. The article consists of lodges, bed and breakfasts as well as self-catering accommodation.

Kosi Forest Lodge – Accommodation Type – Four Star Lodge

Top Accommodation in Kosi Bay

The Kosi Forest Lodge has managed to encapsulate all that the area has on offer. This luxurious lodge manages to maintain the fine balance between comfortable living and an outdoor living experience. Located within the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, this establishment has a number of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy.

This four star rated establishment is part of the Isibindi Group, which is synonymous with exclusive living. This idyllic getaway is a perfect retreat for honeymooners or anyone wishing to enjoy a romantic holiday.

The accommodation at the Forest Lodge consists of six Forest Rooms and two Family Rooms. The strong sense of the natural environment can also be found with the use of thatch, tarpaulin and wood for the building of the rooms. This establishment is certainly unique in all the right ways and definitely deserves its spot as a Top Accommodation in Kosi Bay.  Read more here…

Call:  035 474 1473. Make a reservation, HERE. To get there, click here.  Find out more, click HERE.

Royal Thonga – Accommodation Type- Four Star Safari Lodge

Top Accommodation in Kosi Bay

The Royal Thonga Safari Lodge is located within the Tembe Elephant Park. This exclusive stay makes for a Top Accommodation in the Kosi Bay area. This luxury lodge is part of the Dream Resorts Group.

The entire lodge is designed to emulate the local Thonga style. Each one of their fourteen villas is uniquely positioned to offer visitors both privacy and comfort. All of their rooms consist of quality furnishings as well as both indoor and outdoor showers.

The location of the Thonga Safari Lodge allows for visitors to enjoy game drives during their stay. The Tembe Elephant Park is home to the Big 5 and allows visitors to enjoy a wonderful all round experience.

Call:  072 620 4704. Make a reservation, HERE. To get there, click here.  Find out more, click HERE.

Kosi Bay Lodge – Accommodation Type- Three Star Self Catering

Top Accommodation in Kosi Bay

The Kosi Bay Lodge is an ideal retreat for those wishing to explore the surroundings whilst being based in comfort. The lodge has a number of rooms available, thus further adding to the fact that it is a great retreat for families or for groups of friends wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

Their rooms are self-catering, but the Kosi Bay Lodge has an on-site restaurant, the Nhlange Pub. Visitors can enjoy sundowners or get stuck into a hearty meal. The restaurant and bar overlooks the pool area and the sun deck.

Although there are numerous activities to explore in Kosi Bay, this three star rated establishment makes sure that visitors can still witness the beauty whilst not having to leave the lodge itself. 

Call:  083 262 4865. Make a reservation, HERE. To get there, click here.  Find out more, click HERE.

Kosi Moon – Accommodation Type- Three Star Bed and Breakfast

Top Accommodation in Kosi Bay

The Kosi Moon B&B is a three-star rated accommodation in Kosi Bay. This establishment has views that overlook the sand forest across Lake Nhlange. Visitors can choose between their self-catering, bed and breakfast as well as dinner, bed and breakfast stays.

The accommodation at Kosi Moon consists of the Main House and their Bush Chalet. The main house has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, thus making it a great holiday retreat.  The bush chalet is entirely self-catering and allows for their visitors to prepare their own meals with ease.

Their outdoor swimming pool would come as a welcome relief during those hot summer days and is a great alternative for those who don’t wish to go to the beach.

Call:  083 294 5617. Make a reservation, HERE. To get there, click here.  Find out more, click HERE.

Kosi Bay Private Lodge – Accommodation Type- Self Catering

Top Accommodation in Kosi Bay

The Kosi Bay Private Lodge offers elegance and a luxuriously secluded stay. A fully equipped 6 sleeper room is on offer for visitors to enjoy. This self-catering accommodation allows for visitors to prepare their own meals thanks to their self-catering accommodation.

The on-site restaurant and bar allows visitors to dig into a good meal whilst enjoying your stay with loved ones. The Private Lodge is situated on the same premises as the Kosi Bay Lodge. Read more here…

Call:  082 447 5125. Make a reservation, HERE. To get there, click here.  Find out more, click HERE.


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Our team of journalists are seasoned travels and love visiting the myriad of exciting places around South Africa.  Whether it is off the beaten track or in the heart of the top attractions of the country, we’ll be there,

Home Food and Travel advice on finding the right accommodation

So what is the right accommodation?  Well more often than not, it’s your travel budget that dictates the type of accommodation that you choose. 

Expensive is not always better.  Our team at Home Food and Travel will tell you that they have camped in areas with limited ablutions and had a wonderful holiday.  They have also spent a night in a five star hotel only to be disappointed because their expectations exceeded the experience.

The reason for your travels will also affect your choice.  A business trip requires different amenities to a beach holiday. 

Our articles, reviews and experiences can certainly help you make your decision.

Restaurants with a good mix of service, food and ambiance

To my mind a great restaurant offers three things – excellent service, great food and a wonderful ambiance.  Of these, service is the most important. 

No matter that the food is delicious and the setting delightful, poor service can ruin the occasion.  However, great service combined with mediocre meal and a plane jane restaurant can still be a pleasant night out.

We’ve eaten in restaurants that are really dirty but with incredible food and couldn’t help but give a rave review.  We’ve also hardly noticed what we ate because the setting was just amazing.

However, the best restaurants come with the best of service, food and ambiance.

Spas are the ultimate relaxation aid

How do you know when you have had a great spa experience?  The answer, of course, is when you doze off on the treatment table. 

Well that’s our theory anyway.  It also doesn’t take a grand location with enormous facilities for a spa to be really good

A small, personal spa that is owner run can result in the best massage you have ever experienced.  However, the grand spas in five star hotels offer unsurpassed facilities in an environment that just makes the stress in your shoulders and neck melt away before you even finish checking in.


You don’t have to be an adrenaline junky to enjoy an exciting experience.  In fact, what are commonly termed adventure activities usually have incredibly high safety standards and unblemished safety records.

Ziplining, bungy jumping and shark cage diving are all very safe.  It’s just that our mind tells us we are craaazzzzyyyy to be doing this.

On the road to great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities

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We’re out looking or those great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.

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