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- Proclaimed in 1950 and extended in 1984 the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve is the most pristine lake system on the South African coast.
- It is made up of four Lakes: Makhawulani, Mpungwini, KuNhlange and Amanzamnyama.
- The lakes consist of inter-connecting channels which drain via a sandy estuary into the Indian Ocean.
- This ensures that variety of fish frequent the lakes including:
- Rock Salmon,
- King Fish,
- Stumple and Perch.
- Kosi Bay Resort is situated on the western shore of Lake Nhlange, the largest in the Kosi system.
The 11 000 ha Kosi Bay Nature Reserve is a tropical paradise of crystal-clear blue water and marshland, raffia, wild date and palm, mangrove swamp and sycamore fig forest that combine to provide a home for approximately 250 species of bird, among them the fish eagle , palmnut vulture, whitebacked heron, the night heron as well as purple and reed kingfisher. Bushbuck, duiker and monkey inhabit the forested parts whilst hippopo and crocodile bask in and around the lakes and fish teem beneath their surfaces. Humpback whales can be seen off the beaches on their northerly migration to calve in Mozambique and in December and January loggerhead and leatherback turtles come onto the beaches to lay their eggs.
As most of the 'roads' in the area are sand tracks, a 4X4 is required to fully access all the areas of the park.
- Situated 22 km from the reserve, Kosi Bay Mouth is the one of its kind where the traditional Thonga Fish Kraals are found. These kraals are passed from generation to generation and are a source of income to many families in the area.
- To access the Kosi Mouth and the Indian Ocean beaches is a 45 minute drive requiring a 4X4 vehicle.
On entering the reserve gate a panoramic view awaits you where the sea feeds into the sanctuary.
- A home to leatherbacks and loggerhead turtles, Bhanga Nek serves as a nesting ground due to its favourable climate.
- During November – March, trained guides undertake tours to track and view the turtles nesting.
- Visitors can drive (1½ hours) or use the services of a charter boat (15 - 20mins).
- This beautiful part of the coastline and is ideal for swimming, snorkelling and picnicking.
- It takes just over an hour to drive from the Kosi Bay Resort to Black Rock.
- Permits are obtainable from both the Kosi Bay the reception office and the Manzengwenya reception office (Coastal Forest Reserve).
- Both day visitors and campers can enjoy swimming in these clear blue waters.
- Many choose just to relax and have sundowners or just listen to the sounds of nature around you.