Kosi Bay

Home of the Aquarium Reef and a 700 year old fishing technique.

Kosi Bay is a region best known for its interlinking lake system that feeds into the sea. This open ocean access is used by dozens of fish species as a nursery for their offspring, attracting scores of birds and other animals to these waters. The areas around the lakes are as wild as it gets, and visitors to Kosi Bay will find no shortage of things to see and do in this special corner of the world.

Adventure guides for Kosi Bay

Check out these detailed adventure guides based on our personal experiences in Kosi Bay and the surrounding areas.

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Kosi Lakes Boat Cruise

Hleke iMvubu Boat Cruises –>

Snorkel Aquarium Reef

Safari and Surf –>

Kosi Bay Slackpacking Trail

Active Escapes –>

Map of Kosi Bay

  • Kosi Lakes Tours
  • Aquarium Reef Snorkeling
  • Pristine Beaches
  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Turtle Tours
  • Fishing


Kosi Bay is one of those places that is blessed with great weather all year round. Winter (Jun-August) is mild and usually very sunny (with the occasional cold front from the south) while summer (December-February) is hot and humid. No matter the weather, there is always something you can do in Kosi Bay.

August – September is a particularly busy time in Kosi Bay for international tourists, while many local visitors go to Kosi Bay in the summer holidays (November – December and the winter holidays (July).

Almost impossible to say. I know of some people who went for a week and stayed for a lifetime. Assuming however, you’re not looking to relocate (which may end up being the case once you’ve seen the place), then I’d say as much as 20% of your time in KwaZulu-Natal could be dedicated to visiting Kosi Bay. Here’s an itinerary that might be of

There are 2 parts to the turtle season: nesting and hatching. Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles come ashore at night from November into late summer to lay their eggs in the sand. Seventy days later, from early January until March, the eggs hatch and the hatchlings make their way to the sea.

Kosi Bay is probably best known for its interconnecting lake system and a 700-year-old fishing technique that is still being employed today.

There are a few places you can get to without a 4×4, however, almost anywhere worth seeing will require one. Even in a 4×4, it can be tricky to get around as the roads are all soft dune sand and very easy to get stuck in.

There sure are – hippos too.

© Stray Along The Way

© Stray Along The Way

© Stray Along The Way

© Stray Along The Way

© Stray Along The Way

© Stray Along The Way

© Stray Along The Way

© Stray Along The Way

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