Kosi Bay Trail
The Kosi Bay Hiking Trail is a four day guided trail in northern Kwa-Zulu Natal in a coastal area called Maputaland. This coastal area is a proclaimed marine reserve and is well known as a place where giant turtles come and lay their eggs, usually in early November. The trail is guided by a member of the local community who is well trained, to make sure that the hikers don't get lost and don't destroy any of the delicate environment that they walk through. There are also plenty of Hippo in the lake system and they could cause a few problems if a hiker does not know how to handle the situation.
Access to the Kosi Bay Nature reserve is via Jozini and Kangwanase. The last section to the basecamp is along sand roads suitable for access by 4x4. There is arrangements however for cars to be left safely at the end of the tar road and the remainder of the route to be done by transport provided by the trail.
The trail has been designed to suite the needs of each group that walks the trail. Several options are available. The trail is administered from Maputaland lodge and is a joint venture with the local community
Many people will remember the old trail as being a very special experience and were disappointed when it fell into disrepair. Now that the trail has been re-instated hikers are again able to experience this unique area.
Another aspect of the new trail is the fact that you now are accommodated in lodges along the way. Packs are transported for you and food is provided.
Aspects of the trail to look forward too include walks through swamp forest, crossing the Sidhala river on a pont, the possibility of seeing rare birds such as the Palmnut vulture and seeing the turtles.
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