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  • Authentic reed chalets offer rustic accommodation for the active traveller
  • As close to Kosi mouth as you can get, with all its outdoor riches
  • Friendly Thongoland community and oodles of natural splendour to enjoy

Amangwane Kosi Bay

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

22km from Manguzi


-26.8923, 32.8574


Amangwane Camp is uniquely located in the northeast corner of South Africa with direct access to the pristine beaches and lakes of the Kosi Bay area. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site, manages and protects the fauna & flora of this large undisturbed coastal and marine reserve.

The 332 000 hectare iSimangaliso Wetland Park contains three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700 year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25 000 year-old vegetated coastal dunes – among the highest in the world. The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, which aptly describes this unique place and we look forward to hosting you and giving you a glimpse of this coastal wonderland.

Amangwane accommodation consists of 10 permanent tents with en-suite shower, toilet and hand basin. All the tents are the same consisting of 2 single beds with a bedside table, mosquito nets, plug-point (no hairdryers or kettles please) and all bedding and bath towels supplied. Families requiring young children to sleep in their tents can request this however will need to bring their own bed/stretcher and bedding. All accommodation is self-catering.

Guests are welcome to make use of the communal lapa & kitchen area for cooking and socialising. We usually have a social pit fire burning each evening and we do offer limited fridge and freezer space as well as a simple daily housekeeping service. Parking is also available within the camp area. Due to our remoteness and facilities we cannot offer a laundry service.

Days are spent exploring the lake system, experiencing the old tradition of the fish traps, snorkeling in the estuary, kayaking, turtle tracking in season, walking through magnificent fern forests and seeing the rare Palm Nut Vultures, boat cruises on the lakes viewing hippos, crocs and the magnificent birdlife.

Rates & Summary

10 Reed chalets

Twin beds in each chalet
En-suite shower and WC


  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above


Self-catering only


Children of all ages are welcome.
On request, extra beds/stretchers and bedding may be brought in by guests for their young children. 

  • 0 - 4: stay for free
  • 5 - 11yrs: 50% of the adult rate 

Why Stay Here?

This community camp is a rustic haven in the dunes surrounding the lakes of Kosi Bay. Situated close by the northernmost entrance to the Wetland Park, it lies in the heart of a friendly Thongaland community. The camp is a short 10 minute drive from the beach through beautiful indigenous dune vegetation. Accommodation is in cool reed chalets, each with twin beds and en-suite toilet and shower. These chalets are quite rustic and will not be to everybody's taste. However, they offer an authentic experience and you cannot get much closer to Kosi Mouth than this. This is not a luxury destination, but meant for the active traveller.


  • Authentic reed chalets offer rustic accommodation for the active traveller
  • As close to Kosi mouth as you can get, with all its outdoor riches
  • Friendly Thongoland community and oodles of natural splendour to enjoy


Chalets are well spaced, but often open. Pull down the side sheets to ensure other guests cannot see in. Some of the local houses are visible from the accommodation, but are not close by.

Things to consider Bringing

Beer is available from the local stores, but not much else. So bring your own preferred drinks and all food supplies for self-catering.

Road Conditions

The road is good tar road all the way, except for the last 4km which is on gravel road. The accommodation is accessible with a normal car, but travel within the reserve will require a 4X4 vehicle.

Activities & Attractions

  • The list of activities is extensive and superb
  • Beach walks
  • Hiking around the first lake of the Kosi system
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking in the Mouth and up to the first lake
  • Fish trap tours - spear your own dinner
  • Boat cruises on the lakes


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Dining table
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bring own swimming towels
  • Daily housekeeping
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • No Catering
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge and freezer
  • No cleaning materials


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Gas geysers
  • Electricity from solar

Business & Connectivity

  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards not accepted
  • EFT accepted




Elephant Coast

KwaZulu Natal


On the eastern seaboard of South Africa, the wild country of the Elephant Coast presses up against the Indian Ocean in the east, Mozambique in the north and Zululand to the south and west. Here, the bright lights of the city are nowhere to be seen, replaced by night skies as unpolluted as nature created them.

The area was named for the elephants that once roamed here in great numbers, hunted for their tusks until they had all but disappeared. Luckily this has been turned around and elephants can once again be seen in many of the region’s game reserves, along with the rest of the Big 5.

Made up of extensive commercial farms, private game farms and government game reserves, the Elephant Coast is still relatively untouched by modernity. It incorporates vast expanses of wilderness, including an internationally renowned World Heritage Site, the 328000ha Isimangaliso Wetland Park. It is also home to Africa’s oldest game reserve, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, founded in 1895.

The area is a must-visit for ecologically minded tourists; there is far more to see than just the two flagship reserves. Fortunate tourists can see the Big 5, scuba dive with whale sharks or manta rays, watch turtles laying their eggs, fish for tigerfish, and ride horses on the beach or through the bush. It’s a region that is rich in diversity.

Ndumo Game Reserve and Tembe Elephant Reserve are both on the border with Mozambique and offer unique experiences for twitchers and pachyderm fans.

Tembe now boasts herds of elephants that are noted for their impressive tusks, and it’s one of the better places in South Africa to get good sightings and photographs of these animals.

Ndumo is best known for its birding. Species such as the narina trogon, palm-nut vulture and green twinspot can be seen in the forests of figs and other beautiful trees. Healthy populations of hippo and crocodile lurk in the pans and rivers.

KosiBay, a reserve protecting a series of shallow coastal lakes and all that lives in and around them, offers excellent fishing. There are also fascinating cultural and wildlife walks and birding opportunities. In season, one can watch turtles as they lay eggs or hatch from them.

Also on the coast is Sodwana Bay, yet another conservation area run by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. It’s a mecca for scuba divers and snorkelers from all over the world.

Sodwana holds beneath its waters coral reefs that are home to an estimated 1 200 fish species. These include the prehistoric coelacanth, as well as sharks and other fish.

Lake Sibaya is another attraction, although one that has failed to attain the popularity it deserves. The largest fresh-water lake in South Africa, Sibaya is home to thousands of waterbirds. Game is plentiful along its shores and crocodiles stalk its clear water.

The Jozini, or Pongolapoort, Dam offers a wonderful blend of sport fishing with game viewing. The river itself is also home to healthy populations of tigerfish.

Look out for

Isimangaliso Wetland Park – this World Heritage Site is amazingly diverse and deserves at least a few days of your time. Go for a boat cruise on the estuary, a game drive through the bush, and a hike along the shores of Lake St Lucia.

Sodwana Bay – take advantage of one of the world’s top scuba diving spots. Beginners can go on courses or snorkel; while more experienced divers have a number of reefs to choose from.

Birdwatching – the entire Elephant Coast is home to bountiful birdlife, although there are a few hot spots. The pans of Mkhuze Game Reserve play host to pelicans and all sorts of other birdlife. Over 420 bird species have been recorded in the riverine forest, woodland and savannahs of the park. Ndumo Game Reserve has an even better record, with more than 430 species recorded, the most for anywhere in South Africa. Beautiful, fever tree-lined pans are home to specials such as Pel’s fishing owl, broadbill and black egret.

Fishing – the Elephant Coast’s Jozini Dam is one of the few places in South Africa where anglers can try their luck at landing the tigerfish, one of the most ferocious, toothy fish in the world. If salt-water fishing is preferred, Kosi Bay is a popular and exceptional fishery, while deep-sea charters also operate from St Lucia.

Turtle tours – St Lucia is probably the best place in the country to go on an organised turtle watching tour. While sightings can’t be guaranteed, you have a good chance of seeing leatherback and loggerhead turtles laying eggs or hatching. Community guides at Kosi Bay also offer turtle watching tours that are very worthwhile.

Game view – the Elephant Coast is still home to a healthy population of big tuskers, especially in Tembe Elephant Park. A good sighting of these animals will stay with you for the rest of your life. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is internationally famous for saving the white rhino from extinction, and it remains one of the best places in the world to view this docile behemoth. The rest of the Big 5 can also be seen here, along with many other interesting animals.

Hike – while some areas require a guide (especially the Big 5 parks), there are some exceptional walking trails on the Elephant Coast. Almost all game reserves will offer day trails, while a trail with a difference can be enjoyed at Kosi bay. Here you can wander around the Kosi Mouth estuary, inspecting the primitive fish traps and watching locals at work spearing their catch. 

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