Hosted Retirement Retreat – 3 night Kosi Bay Safari

Birding – Pristine Beaches – Isimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site – Kosi Bay Estuary – Traditional Tsonga Fish Traps – Snorkelling – Boat Cruise – Turtling – Birding 

Join our scheduled departures:
24-27 November 2020 
Includes:
A dedicated host throughout your safari
Transfers from/to your retirement village
Complimentary use of guide books & binoculars
1 fish trap tour including 4×4 transfers; 1 boat cruise including 4×4 transfers; 1 Turtle Tour including 4×4 transfer;
All Meals
Limited to small groups for personalisation and exclusivity
Balanced mix of relaxation and exploration
 
Our destination is nestled in the most north-eastern corner of South Africa – Utshwayelo Kosi Mouth Lodge & Camp. The lodge offers superb Kosi Bay accommodation and is just a stone’s throw from the pristine beach, where the blue waters of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site flow into the Indian Ocean at the mouth of the Kosi Bay estuary system near the Mozambique border.
 
Utshwayelo Kosi Mouth Lodge & Camp takes its name from the 800-year-old fish kraals celebrating the traditions and culture of the Thonga people. It is a community partnership project of skills sharing and a life of purpose.
 
The lodge provides an income to the community in the form of rental, job opportunities, and involvement and assistance with projects. Local reeds, grass mats, and other handmade articles are used for building materials.
 
The walk to the beach is 2km and great for birding with the reward of the beach and ocean at the end. 
 
 
Kosi Bay is a system of lakes, channels and an estuary, ranging from fresh to saline water and joining the ocean at the mouth. It is one of the most fascinating and beautiful pristine lake systems on the African coast, attracting a remarkable variety of brightly coloured marine life.
 
The Kosi system, where wild date palms, mangrove swamps, sycamore fig forests and the endemic raffia palm border the four lakes – Amanzimnyama, Nhlange, Mpungwini and Makhawulani – is home to hundreds of bird and animal species, including the rare palm-nut vulture, pels fishing owl, hippo and crocodile.
 
The Kosi Bay Lake system is made up of four lakes – Makhawulani, Mpungwini, KuNhlange and Amanzamnyamal – connected via channels which drain via a sandy estuary into the Indian Ocean.  This is probably the best way to experience these Kosi lakes where you will float between the famous fish traps of the traditional Thonga that trap fish moving in and out of the estuary with the tide.  On this 3 hours cruise, you will float through the famous Tonga Fish Traps and experience the diverse birdlife of Kosi Bay with possible sightings of the famous Pel’s Fishing Owl, Palm Nut Vulture, Flamingos and various Kingfisher species. You may even be surprised by a pod of Hippos.
 
A highlight for many is the opportunity to snorkel in the crisp clear water of one of the channels in the protected mangroves where you can see a variety of fish life.
 
The sight of a 750kg leatherback heaving herself up and down the beach to lay her eggs must rate as one of the most moving wildlife experiences to be had!  Every summer, hundreds of leatherback and loggerhead turtles emerge from the Indian Ocean to lay their eggs on this beautiful stretch of coastline between mid-October and Mid-March at low tide resulting in hundreds of tiny turtles hatching early January to mid-March and breaking free from the sand and making the perilous dash down to the beckoning waves.
 
Included:  3 nights’ accommodation for a minimum / maximum of a full group of 6-8 adults; A dedicated, caring Africa Memories Travel host who will accompany you throughout your safari to ensure your comforts and needs are met; All meals; 1 fish trap tour including 4×4 transfers; 1 boat cruise including 4×4 transfers; 1 Turtle Tour; beach permits; lake permits; Teas/Coffees; Borehole Water; Transfers for a full group of 6-8 adults per location (or a surcharge applies) return includes bottled water, locally sourced snacks, multilingual guide books, complimentary pair of Carl Zeiss Terra ED 8×42 Binoculars shared between 3 guests, R15 million passenger liability cover.