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LOCATIONiSimangaliso Wetland Park, St Lucia, Northern Kwazulu-NatalPOOLYes - at the main area only
BIG 5 GAME RESERVENoSPANo
OFF ROADYesAIRCONNo
CAMP FENCEDNoCELLPHONE SIGNALNo
CHILD POLICYAll Ages WelcomeMALARIAYes


UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
  •   A private lodge situated in the unspoilt wilderness that is part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, now internationally recognised as a World Heritage Site.
  •   Located in a tranquil sand forest, the lodge offers comfortable accommodation, excellent cuisine and is the perfect base from which to explore this rare ecosystem.
  •   With no electricity at the camp Candles light the area at night giving it a warm, romantic ambience reminiscent of wild African adventures of long ago.




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DATE ROOM TYPE RATES RULES
01 May - 31 July 2018 Forest Room R 1,430 pppn sharing last minute special rate - bookings within 7 days of travel
Forest Room R 1,530 pppn sharing last minute special rate - bookings within 14 days of travel
Forest Room R 2,190 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
01 August 2018 - 30 April 2019 Forest Room R 1,690 pppn sharing last minute special rate - bookings within 7 days of travel
Forest Room R 2,020 pppn sharing last minute special rate - bookings within 14 days of travel
Forest Room R 2,880 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings

*LAST MINUTE SPECIAL & LONG STAY RATES ARE STRICTLY FOR SA RESIDENTS - PROOF OF SA RESIDENCY MAY BE REQUESTED WHEN BOOKING ON SA RESIDENT RATES

*MIN/MAX 3 NIGHT STAY SPECIAL OFFER!
*From R 1,460 per person per night sharing, based on a Forest View Room
*valid 01 May - 30 June 2018
*includes accommodation, all meals, guided snorkelling, kayaking, sundowner excursion & guided walks
*above special based on a 3 night stay
*bookings on this special rate offer are on a request basis and subject to availability

*NOT VALID OVER  PEAK PERIODS, LONG WEEKENDS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS


Extra special discounted rates for advance bookings available on request!
Please contact us on 0861 00 44 55 / +2711 468 3476 or email info@bushbreaks.co.za for more info.

* surcharges will apply over peak holiday periods & long weekends

RATE INCLUDES
• Accommodation in a Forest Room
• All meals
• Teas & coffees
• A guided canoe trip
• Guided walk in Raffia Forest
SINGLE ACCOMMODATION
• There will be a supplement of 30% on the per person sharing rate for single accommodation.
CHILD POLICY
• Children between 0 – 3 years will be accommodated free of charge.
• Children between 4 – 12 years will pay less 50% of the adult sharing rate when sharing with 2 adults.
• Teenagers between 13 – 18 years will pay less 25% of the adult sharing rate when sharing with 2 adults.
• The lodge cannot accommodate additional beds in any rooms. 2 Family Suites available.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES
• Guided Canoeing (Included in the rate)
• Raffia Palm Forest Walk (Included in the rate)
• Full day boat trip (not included in the rate)
• Full day kosi mouth visit (not included in the rate)
• Turtle Tracking (not included in the rate. Only valid from 15 Nov – 15 Jan of every year)
• Illala Palm Wine Tasting/Cultural Experience (not included in the rate)
IMPORTANT NOTES
• Minimum 2 night stay required.
• Transfers from the Total Garage in Manguzi to the lodge at either 12h00 or 16h00 need to be pre-booked in advance. Late / Early Transfers R 370.00 per person one way (minimum charge for 2 pax & subject to change).
• Park Fees apply, which will be added to your invoice at the lodge. Rates are subject to change without prior notice:
• R 58 per adult per adult per stay / R 29 per child per stay and R 58 per 4x4 vehicle valid 01 May - 31 July 2018
• R 64 per adult per adult per stay / R 32 per child per stay and R 64 per 4x4 vehicle valid 01 August 2018 - 30 April 2019
• Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Discounted special rates for International Residents are available on request.





INFORMATION
GETTING THERE
Johannesburg to Kosi Forest Lodge: 9 hrs (680km). Richards Bay to Kosi Forest Lodge: 4 hrs (251km). KSIA (Durban) to Kosi Forest Lodge: 5 hrs (368km).
 
ACCOMMODATION
8 x Forest Rooms
1 Double Room
5 Double / Twin Rooms
2 Family Rooms – 2 bedrooms with an inter-leading bathroom

ABOUT THE LODGE & THE RESERVE
 
Situated in the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, an internationally recognized World Heritage Site, this 16-bed wilderness lodge offers guests the unique opportunity of exploring a pristine wetland environment in guided canoes and vehicles. Activities include boat cruises through the 18km lake system and estuarine waterways, swimming at the nearby, isolated Bhanga Nek beach, birding walks through the ancient Raffia Forest, cultural visits to Tsonga communities and taking a short trip to the Kosi Mouth for an excellent snorkelling experience. Home to the Palm Nut Vulture and Pel’s Fishing Owl, the area can be explored by keen birders at their leisure. Guests are accommodated in thatched bedrooms, on raised wooden decks, hidden in the sand forest with romantic outside bathrooms set under the lush leafy canopy.  The lodge’s services are run off a generator.  There are limited lights in the rooms and bathroom areas.  There is no internet connection.  There is a phone at reception and limited cell phone coverage.
 
The Kosi Bay Nature Reserve comprises of four lakes linked by a network of channels. The Kosi estuary offers extraordinary snorkelling opportunities and is one of the world’s top fly-fishing destinations. Traditional fishing practices dating back 700 years are still passed down from one generation to the next by the locals. This is the only place where all South Africa’s mangrove species and the only stand of naturally occurring Raffia palms occur.
 

LODGE FEATURES
  • Swimming Pool overlooking Lake Shengeza
  • Casual Conferencing – max 16 guests
  • Battery re-charging at reception only when the generator is running
  • Limited cell phone
  • Phone at reception
 
ROOM FEATURES
  • Open air – reed enclosed bathroom
  • Bath & Shower sunk into white forest sand (enjoy candlelight bathing by lantern)
  • Mosquito Nets
  • Safes in all rooms





GETTING THERE



DIRECTIONS
Please check on local websites (the AA website is particularly recommended) for advice on road works particularly between Johannesburg and Kosi).

FROM JOHANNESBURG - APPROXIMATELY 8HRS

Recommended route from Johannesburg: Head to Piet Retief on the N2, pass through Pongola and proceed south towards Hluhluwe (approximately 113km from Pongola). Turn left into the town of Hluhluwe (approx. 4kms) and follow the instructions below "Recommended route from Durban".
 
Alternate Route from Johannesburg
Head to Piet Retief and Pongola on the N2 and proceed south towards Mkuze. Approximately 45km from Pongola and 10km before Mkuze turn left towards Jozini. On leaving Jozini take a left turn towards the “Coastal Forest Reserve and KwaNgwanase” (signposted), ensuring that you are proceeding over the Pongola dam wall. After 45km at a T-junction turn right towards “KwaNgwanase”. Proceed for another 47 km past Tembe Elephant Park towards the town of Manguzi (KwaNgwanase).

Please note that this route often has cattle wandering across it, some of the signs have fallen down and so caution and slower driving speeds are necessary. Also particularly around the area of Tembe Elephant Park, the road has quite a few large potholes which have caused damage to some cars. Although this route may appear shorter in distance, it takes almost as much time as the Hluhluwe Recommended Route above, but without all the hazards!

FROM DURBAN - APPROXIMATELY 5 HRS

From Durban, proceed on the N2 North out of Durban bypassing Richards Bay, Empangeni and Mtubatuba and head towards the town of Hluhluwe. Turn off the N2 towards Hluhluwe, proceeding through the town until you reach the last traffic circle. Turn left towards Mbazwane/Sodwana Bay and proceed for 0.7 km and turn right again towards Sodwana Bay/Mbazwane. Shortly after turning right you will cross over a railway line. Proceed for 87 km bypassing Mbazwane on your right. Proceed straight through the circles following the signs to “Coastal Forest Reserve” and pass. Proceed for 46km km after Mbazwane (passing the Mseleni turn-off) and turn right at the circle Kosi Bay / KwaNgwanase sign.

For non 4 x 4 guests : Drive into KwaNgwanase (Manguzi or Kosi Bay), through the town and near the end, look out for the Total Garage – on your left handside. Once you arrive at this service station, a Kosi representative will meet you there and drive you to a secure car parking area not far away. The trip to the lodge from here will be approximately 25mins in an open 4 x 4 vehicle. PLEASE PRE-BOOK WHICH PICK UP TIME YOU REQUIRE 12h00 OR 16h00.

Please endeavour to phone the lodge one hour prior to pick up times, so they can ascertain if you will be running late. If driving, this can be done from Hluhluwe in the South or Jozini in the North.

Self drive please note – the last 9km the road is in poor condition, sand road so guests must ensure they do not travel after 16h00.

4 x 4 guests: Can proceed directly to the lodge. Nearing KwaNgwanase, turn right onto the D1843 (look out for the police station emblem and the big telecommucations tower further up from the corner) - then follow the signs straight through to the lodge(9km's).



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