Remote, peaceful setting, with a good restaurant and bar. Note that though you can get there without a 4x4, once you are there you can't get to the coast unless you have a 4x4 or pay for organised trips from the lodge. I've never stayed anywhere that offered so little information to visitors, - on arrival we were just handed a list of trips and prices with no further details There are no welcome/information packs in the lodges, no maps ( I was directed to a painted one on the wall that was useless!). The lodge we stayed in was marketed as "luxury" but though it was lovely it was really rustic - main bedroom opened into the kitchen/dining area, there was no outdoor table, no complimentary tea/coffee, no toiletries other than a small bar of soap and a single towel each. It did have a plunge pool but it was too cold for that! I would recommend the surfing/snorkelling trips with beach picnic organised by Trevor who runs the bar/restaurant business on the site - he is a great host and a mine of useful information about the area. We didn't have such a great experience with the trips run by the lodge - the sundowner cruise on 2 of the lakes lacked any informed commentary (apart from "hippo" and "heron") or hospitality. The coast is absolutely stunning and unspoilt but even with at 4x4 it is quite a mission to get there. I believe you can use the local accredited guides but again, there's not much information. The assumption made by the Lodge seems to be that you are South African and used to the area and able to arrive with a car load of supplies but we and many of the other guests were visiting from Europe and needed a more welcoming and helpful approach from the Lodge.
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- Kosi Bay Hotel Kwazulu-Natal