Snorkeling, kayaking and visiting the Traditional Fish Kraals at Kosi Bay mouth.. The Adventure of a Lifetime!
Kosi Bay Mouth is situated 250km north of St Lucia, in the far north eastern corner of South Africa. Kosi Bay Estuary and its 4 interlinking lakes are by far the most pristine estuarine ecosystem in South Africa. Boasting with warm crystal clear water fed by the Indian Ocean, the Kosi Bay Mouth area is sure to be one of South Africa’s top snorkeling and kayaking destinations. Together with a visit to the traditional Thonga fish traps, this is the ultimate Kosi Bay day trip!
Kosi Bay Activities
Snorkeling Kosi Bay Mouth
Snorkeling Kosi Bay Mouth – The Kosi Bay Mouth snorkeling area is referred to as “the aquarium” for very valid reasons.
On the incoming tide when crystal clear water pushes into the estuary from the warm Indian Ocean, the visibility is incredible with amazing amounts of fish movement. The Kosi Bay ‘Aquarium” is a declared and protected sanctuary where no fishing is allowed, making its calm clear waters perfect for our snorkeling adventures.
Kosi Bay mouth is home to great numbers of parrot fish, morey eels, lionfish, surgeons, wrasse, trigger fish, mullet, grunter, bream, snapper, butterfly fish, moorish idol, flutemouth, goatfish and pickhandle barracuda.
Kosi Bay Activities
Traditional Fish Kraal Tour
Traditional Fish trap Tour – At Kosi Bay the local Tembe people have been practicing the art of spearing fish in their traditional fish kraals for the last 700 years.
These fish traps are made from 100% natural materials and have been fine-tuned over the decades. We will guide you down to these fish traps where Mike, local fisherman and kraal owner, will explain to us how the fish trap function.
If the traps were successful in trapping fish, you will get the opportunity to try and spear your own dinner.
Kosi Bay Activities
Kayaking at Kosi Bay Mouth
Kayaking at Kosi Bay Mouth – Our Kosi Bay Kayaking Adventures, guided by our expert guide, is done on route to the snorkelling area.
We will navigate through the traditional local fish traps and past the incredible mangrove forests on the south eastern shores of the Kosi Bay Estuary. Our kayak adventures offer you one of the few opportunities to see all 5 different mangrove species found in Kosi Bay.
Birdlife and fish movement around the kayaks is incredible to witness! Two man sea-kayaks are used for our adventures.
Meeting point for Kosi Bay Day Adventure
Where to meet us – Our Kosi Bay Adventures base is situated in the far north eastern corner of South Africa. GPS coordinates are: S 26 53.537’ E 032 51.448’ If you are travelling from St Lucia, travel to Mtubatuba and head onto the N2 north bound to for 65km and turn off to Hluhluwe town. Go straigth through hluhluwe and turn right at the 3rd circle following the R22 to Sodwana bay/Mbazwana. At the town of Mbazwana keep straight and follow the signs for Kosi Bay and Farazela border. Drive north all the way to the big circle and turn right to KwaNgwanase/Manguzi.
When arriving in KwaNgwanase/Manguzi town keep going straight through town and carry on all the way towards the border post with Mozambique. 500m before the border post turn right on the gravel road and follow the signs to Utshwayelo Camp. There are some unmarked speed bumps on this road so we suggest for you to be driving slowly. Follow the road for about 3.5km, opposite the gate for Utshwayelo is our parking area at the small craft stall where Vusi our famous Kosi Bay Mouth Guide will be waiting for you.
Total travelling time from St Lucia will be roughly 3hrs 20min, 245km.
Cost and Payment for your Kosi Bay Day Adventure
The cost for our Kosi Bay Day Adventures including Kayaking, Snorkeling a Traditional fish kraal tour and lunch is R800 per person.
Please note to please bring your own refreshments, and beach towels.