4 Night Itinerary
Arrival Day: Self-drive to Utshwayelo in Kosi Bay. This route is accessible by sedan vehicle and takes approximately 8 hours from Johannesburg and 6 hours from Durban. From this point a 4x4 transfer is provided through to Memela (approx 40min)
Overnight: Memela (Dinner provided)
Hike Day 1: Guided Hike to Black Rock: This is a 13.5km trek via Dog Point. Lunch is provided on the beach with great opportunity to relax or swim and snorkel in the nearby rock pools. Once you're refreshed and rejuvenated it's time to hike back to camp.
Overnight: Memela (Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch on beach trip).
Hike Day 2: This section consists of a 15km hike to Bhanga Nek through open savannah, sand and dune forest. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the ocean, before embarking on the 3 Lakes boat trip which will take you from the 3rd Lake Eastern shore, through the channels to First Lake. At First Lake you will get an opportunity to visit and learn about the traditional fishtraps (a Tsonga fishing technique). After being dropped off on the Western shore of First Lake you will hike up to Utshwayelo – a final 2km of hiking. (Approximate hiking time: 5 hours).
Overnight: Utshwayelo (Dinner, Breakfast & Packed Lunch from Memela).
Hike Day 3: This circular day-hike will take you past Lake Zilonde and finish at Kosi Mouth where you'll get the opportunity to snorkel in one of the most pristine estuarine systems in South Africa (9.5km). From there you'll climb a 65m high dune and enjoy spectacular views over the lakes, the ocean and into Mozambique. From here you'll hike back up to Utshwayelo (2km)
Overnight: Utshwayelo (Dinner, Breakfast & Packed Lunch).
Departure Day: After breakfast you depart for Utshwayelo to collect your vehicle.
Total Trail Distance (3 Day Hike):
Approximate Time (per day):
3 – 6 hr hike time.
A local guide is provided on all the hikes – included in package.
Overnights in rustically charming bush and beach camps, with luggage transferred between camps and full catering provided.
When to go
If you prepared to make early starts and don’t mind the heat, then this trail can be offered in summer, but from about April – November is more comfortable for hiking. Winters are mild and dry. Humpback whales can be seen off the coast from June to December. November to early March is turtle nesting season and also the best time of year for waders.
You will be accompanied by a guide on all hike days. The area is a part of isiMangilso Park and hippo’s are perhaps the most dangerous of the wildlife that could be encountered.
Kosi Bay is classified on the maps as a medium risk malaria area. However, the locals will tell you it’s very low risk. Be advised to take the usual precautions against mosquito bites at dawn/dusk such as tabard/insect repellant, wearing long sleeve cotton pants & shirts & the camps do provide mosquito nets.
What to Pack
On this fully supported and catered trail, bedding and meals are provided for, but please bring your own towel. The camps will provide a well stocked cash bar based on your drink preferences.
If you have your own snorkel equipment, it is recommended you bring it, otherwise sets can be hired from Utshwayelo camp at R50/day.
Don’t forget your birdbook and binoculars too
Details to keep on hand
Tel: +27 (0) 33 3295259
Mobile: +27 (0)84 2407277
Getting to there
From Durban, get onto the N2 and head north. Take the exit at Hluhluwe and turn right onto the R22. Drive though the main town and at the last roundabout, take the 1st exit to your left and stay on R22. Follow the road for approximately 1.4km and then turn right onto the R22. Follow the R22 for approximately 120km. At the main roundabout take the 3rd exit (right) and follow the signs to KwaNgwanase/Farazela. Next follow the road till you get to the Mozambican border. Without going through the border, turn right onto the dirt road and follow it all the way to Utshwayelo