Experience genuine African bush living at Thobeka Lodge

Thobeka Lodge

Just off the R22 in Kosi Bay and 22kms from Kosi Bay mouth, Thobeka Lodge is a rustic self-catering establishment, close to beautiful beaches, game parks and lakes.

Accommodation at Thobeka Lodge

Set amongst shady trees in a peaceful rural setting, Thobeka Lodge offers accommodation in true African style.

Each room is built according to the Zulu tradition, made with mud, grass, tree poles, mud bricks and a thatched roof.

Accommodation is offered in a variety of rooms, twin, double, dormitories and family rooms, with comfortable beds, fans and mosquito nets.  Some rooms have private bathrooms and a kitchenette and a braai area, while others share communal ablutions and a communal kitchen.

Each room is separated by a wooden walkway, offering privacy and space, and which leads to the kitchen and ablution facilities with hot showers and toilets.

The communal kitchen is well stocked with cooking utensils, crockery and fridges as well as tea, coffee and sugar.

Thobeka Lodge welcomes campers who will need to bring their own tents and equipment, plus an electrical cord to connect to the power points.   

At the rustic bar, swimming pool and braai area guests may relax on the sun loungers or sit at the tables provided.  This is a great spot where guests are free to socialise around the fire, tell stories, make their own entertainment, or simply gaze at the stars.

Activities to enjoy near Thobeka Lodge

This sub-tropical paradise features spectacular wild life, birds, plants, palms and interesting species of mangroves.

Organised hikes may be undertaken to visit the Rafia Palm Tree Forest, an informative visit to the Thonga Fish Kraals, Tembe Elephant Park, bird watching, boat cruises, and hiking trails.

In season whale watching and a night excursion to look for nesting Leatherback and Loggerhead Turtles is an experience not to be missed.

In addition, the sandy river mouth of the estuary offers great swimming, snorkelling and paddling for kids.

Kosi Bay is a section of Isimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It consists of a series of interconnecting channels and four lakes that flow into a sandy estuary before reaching the Indian Ocean. 

Therefore, in the interests of conservation, no water sports or quadbikes are allowed in the area.

Contact Details

For more information or to make a reservation call 072 446 1525 or email info@kosi.co.za

Thobeka Lodge may be found at Kozi Bay Road, Kosi Bay, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Find them on Google Maps.

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