Kayaking & Snorkelling
Visit Amangwane for an experience of a lifetime into the magical Kosi Bay at the tip of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park – World Heritage Site in South Africa. Explore the waterways by sea kayak, around the mangrove trees and see how many of the myriad of bird species you can find. You can also venture through the surf to the offshore reefs.
Rated as one of the best snorkelling spots on the planet, Kosi Bay mouth offers sightings of various tropical species like Devil Fire Fish, Honey comb eels, small rays and a variety of reef species you’d expect to see far out at sea! This is an excellent spot for people who’ve never snorkelled before, as the bay offers calm waters and a gentle current to carry you along as you marvel at the fish below.
Kosi Bay Trail
Whilst there is a Kosi Bay Trail that takes roughly four days to complete, which can also be done as a slackpacker version, there are variations and flexible trails, depending on your level of fitness.
The old trail, remembered by seasoned hikers with nostalgia, unfortunately fell into disrepair. But it is possible to do the same trail again, just the accommodation has changed.
On average, if you do the trail in its entirety, you’ll walk for three to four hours a day. And if you’re up to it, you can add canoeing and horse riding, a turtle tour or a boat cruise to your itinerary.
You will also be exposed to some of the most incredibly diverse and beautiful scenery – deserted beaches, dune forest, open savannah and wetlands, and the sighting of loggerhead turtles make this an incredible hiking experience.
Kosi Bay Turtle Tours
Visit Amangwane Camp for an experience of a lifetime into the magical Kosi Bay at the tip of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park – World Heritage Site, South Africa. The heart of the turtle nesting area in South Africa.
Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles venture out of the oceans on land during the summer months Oct – Feb to lay batches of eggs on the beach. These fascinating creatures are highly endangered and this walking tour is rated as one of the top wildlife experiences.
Enjoy the tranquility of Mabibi Beach, sheltered by coastal forests with soft sand that begs your feet to take a stroll or nestle in and enjoy the sunshine and spectacular views surrounding you.
This is an ideal place for the children to explore and splash around as well as many activities available for adults. Snorkeling along the reef is very popular as well as scuba diving off shore. Crystal clear waters are warm and very pleasant to swim in.
This secluded beach can be found in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which is a world heritage site in KwaZulu Natal. Please ensure that any snorkeling or diving is done with a professional and under supervision.
Turtle Tracking in Kosi Bay
Turtle tracking is offered every night from 15 November to 15 January at Kosi Forest Lodge in Kosi Bay. These excursions (including transfers to and from the beach) can last up to 3 to 4hrs and may return very late.
Giant Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles make their way home having swum the length of the continent in a return journey to the beach where they were born.
Research has shown that eggs are often laid within meters of where the mother emerged as a hatchling years previously. Guests are able to view these magnificent creatures meters from where she is laying. Utmost precaution is taken to ensure that she is not disturbed.