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Utshwayelo Lodge & Camp
in Kosi Bay and surrounds
Utshwayelo Lodge and Camp is the most North Eastern accommodation in South Africa.
Kosi Bay in the far North Eastern corner of KwaZulu-Natal forms part of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park - the first natural World Heritage Site in South Africa to be accorded this distinction. Kosi Bay epitomizes the incredible splendour of untouched Africa at its most pristine, as are its people, resources, ecology and culture. Kosi Bay is a system of an estuary with 4 lakes ranging from freshwater to saline that feed into the ocean.
Age old traditions passed down by generations of tribal existence still continue to this day - ancient fishing kraals erected and tendered by the resourceful Tonga people. Kosi Bay has been described as "A wonderful aquarium and the most gorgeous aviary". Utshwayelo Lodge takes its name from the fish kraal celebrating the traditions and culture of the Tonga people – a community partnership project of skills sharing and a life of purpose. The Tonga tribe ruled by the Tembe family have lived in this area for over 250 years. Since the days of King Shaka they have lived side by side with the Zulu nation.
The border between Mozambique and RSA split the tribe and today the Tonga people live on both sides of the border. The area falls under King Mabuthu Israel Tembe and chief Ncelapi Tembe. The camp was started by the local community in 1992 using grants from lotto and KZN Tourism. The Lodge is currently run and managed by Ken Whitfield and Enock Tembe in association with Chief Tembe and the community elected committee. The Whitfield Trust has a long term management lease and has done major renovations to the Lodge. The Lodge and all improvements are owned by the community.
The lodge provides an income to the community in the form of rental, profit share and job opportunities. Local reeds, grass mats and other handmade articles are used for building materials.
Utshwayelo Lodge and Camp is the most North Eastern accommodation in South Africa. It is situated at Kosi Bay Mouth Reserve and Estuary entrance gate, 2,5 km from the beach. It offers en suite chalets and camp sites and is easily accessible by motor car. It is 5km from the KosiBay/Mozambique border post.
Snorkel in the channel at the mouth of the estuary, with its kaleidoscope of over 200 species of tropical fish, surf angling from unspoiled beaches, boating on the magnificent lakes, fly-fishing from the rocks and banks, or putting your 4x4 to the test are a few of the amazing activities which can keep you busy.
Do the turtle walk and watch big Leather Back and Loggerhead Turtles lumbar out of the ocean to lay eggs on the beach, and little ones scampering back into the sea – take a guided hike or walk kilometers of pristine bush and beaches and turquoise waters – or just read a book under magnificent ancient Umdoni trees.
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Kosi Mouth Lodge has three options for accommodation
Luxury Rustic Chalets, Permanent Sahara Tents or Camping.
CHALETS Our chalets are all en suite and sleep two people each (an extra single bed can be added).
They are rustic luxury, constructed from wood and reeds and situated in a private wonderful setting under big waterberry trees.
Each chalet has an outside area with a braai.
They have a queen bed or two single beds in each chalet. All beds have mosquito nets and ceiling fans. 24hour electricity is available from our solar power system We offer breakfast or dinner on prior request
A fully kitted communal kitchen with stoves, ovens and fridges is available for the chalet guests.
These are large permanent tents in a secluded area.
They are erected on a wooden deck, shaded under a large awning with a veranda.
They have two full size single beds, mosquito nets, linen and are fully serviced. The ablutions are communal with hot showers.
We have a communal Boma area with a swimming pool, braai facilities, a fully kitted kitchen with fridges, a dining room and lounge with DSTV.
All of our camp sites are private.
They are enclosed in reed fencing and shaded under large waterberry trees.
Our camp sites vary in size and can accommodate up to 12 people per site.
Each site has a braai, an electrical plug point, a light and water tap.
There are clean serviced communal ablutions with hot and cold showers. Our Lapa/Boma has, a swimming pool, braai facilities, bar, dining room and lounge with DSTV.
Electricity is supplied by generator every evening from 18h00 to 22h00 (peak season for an additional 3 hours 07h30 to 10h30)
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