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Kosi Bay Nature Reserve

The Kosi Bay Nature Reserve is a beautiful, unspoiled nature in the far north of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, on the border with Mozambique. There are forested sand dunes separating the reserve on the eastern side of the Indian Ocean. In the west Kosi Bay on the Kosi Lake, which empties into the ocean. The estuary is a coral reef which is also rich in flora and tropical fish that can be found specifically in this area.

In the region there are still social and cultural values ​​that are important to the local population. The Zulu fishermen have made use of natural resources in the area for many years. Many kinds of fish are caught by means of fall and traditional spear fishing. The residents collect fruit that is native to the area and use palm leaves to make rafts and houses. The area, especially the lake and the ocean, is also used for cultural and religious activities.

Kosi Bay itself has a few facilities apart from two safari lodges and a campsite. The nearest grocery store and gas station is in Kwangwanase. From here it is a rough dirt road to the reserve. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is not necessary, but the road is not easy. However, if you want to go to the beach at Kosi Mouth a four-wheel drive vehicle is needed. From November to January there are (from most accommodations) organized turtles expeditions.

The gate to the reserve is open from 05:00 to 20:00 from October - March and from 06:00 to 20:00 from April - September.