5 Reasons Why Kosi Forest Lodge Is the Place to Be During The South African Winter School Holidays July 2, 2021

The months of June and July are synonymous with Google searches like “ideas to keep my kids busy during holidays,” along with dreads about getting out of the shower and hitting the cold air. We know how school holidays can be, and while everyone heads off to one or other Southern Africa safari lodge, the only place you need to be is on the waterways and exploring the forests at Kosi Forest Lodge, iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

1. Uninterrupted Family Time

Bedroom exterior at our South African Safari Lodge Kosi Forest Lodge for holiday specials package.

We’ll just cut to the chase and start off by saying that there’s no Wi-Fi, but you’ll realise why. At Kosi Forest Lodge, our Netflix equivalent is the theatre of nature surrounding us. Paradise is tangible as we’re located in one of the few remaining parts of the world still preserved, still untouched, and still as nature intended. We’re so proud of our eco-lodge that we’re sure Sir David Attenborough would approve of how we have worked in harmony with nature and local communities. 

2. June / July School Holidays Sans Winter

Children at traditional fishing sites at our South African Safari Lodge Kosi Forest Lodge for holiday specials package.

We’re a Southern Africa rustic yet romantic eco-lodge forgotten by winter’s wrath, with daily temperatures in the mid-20s and the Indian Ocean waters warm and wetsuit-free. However, that doesn’t mean that you should skip the bottle of red; it’s instead an opportunity to enjoy every sip underneath a canopy of trees as opposed to a roaring fire. Of course, come prepared for cooler nights, but still pack the sunblock, bikini and shorts, as this is the place for a water-based bush getaway.

3. A Holiday Without Holiday Makers

Kosi Forest Lodge may be running family holiday specials and discounted rates, but that’s not to say that the crowds have flocked our way. We’re hidden from the world, yet easily accessible from Durban and Johannesburg. 

Outdoor bathroom at our South African Safari Lodge Kosi Forest Lodge for holiday specials package.

We also have just eight thatched eco-rooms – two of which are family suites – which means that even when we are running at full capacity, only twenty lucky people are privileged enough to share our little piece of paradise. The beauty about a stay at Kosi, is that you feel at one with nature, with only canvas and thatch between you and the forest floor. In fact, when you relax in your private outdoor bathroom boma there is nothing but the night sky between you and the moon. Nature lovers and adventurers Kosi Forest Lodge is definitely for you!

4. Family Activities Without Lifting A Finger

Winter School Holidays are filled with activities-induced exhaustion for the kids and entertainer’s fatigue for the parents. When you’re at Kosi Forest Lodge, we take the thinking out of what to do. We’ve got so many nature activities that the only time you’ll have to ‘get creative’ would be on the drive to us, where a game of “I spy with my little eye…” is what we’d recommend for the last stretch in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

5. The Adventure of a Family Holiday in an affordable South African Lodge

Get your pens out because this is your checklist on what’s waiting for you at Kosi Forest Lodge:

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    Guided Raffia Palm Forest Walks where you get a chance to see one of the most endangered birds in the world, the Palm Nut Vulture which is the only fruit-eating vulture. It’s incredibly rare – but not at Kosi.
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    Take a drive to nearby Tembe Elephant Park to see some of South Africa’s biggest tuskers around. You can either self-drive or chat with our lodge staff who will be glad to arrange this excursion for you. 
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    Full-day 4×4 excursions to Kosi Bay Mouth to learn more about the Thonga people’s ancient and highly sustainable fishing methods. The unique fishing kraals used in the Kosi lakes are passed from one generation to the next and used as an income source for families in the area. You can learn more about the traps and history on a guided lake tour below.
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    A guided boat trip exploring four fascinating inter-connected lakes is an absolute must while staying at Kosi. Starting off in the fourth lake where you should see the likes of hippos, crocs and flamingoes, before meandering your way through a series of channels to a second lake which is the last navigable lake where it is safe to snorkel and enjoy a picnic lunch on the lakeside. 
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    Snorkelling requires a 4×4 drive to the Kosi Bay Mouth (self-drive or guided), where you’ll find our ‘aquarium’ – a place of azure waters and an abundance of fish species. Lodge guests have free use of snorkelling equipment included in the 4×4 excursion to the mouth as well as a picnic lunch.
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    Canoeing along the watery labyrinth of the Kosi lake system and being present in the moment. Clear your mind as you gently paddle through the waterways and channels on a guided canoe trip. This activity is limited to children aged 6 years and older.

It’s certainly not too late to book your family getaway at Kosi Forest Lodge.

Take a look at our current specials and packages.

Nature is calling, along with family time, will you answer it?