|Location||KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa|
|Nearest city||Maputo (across border), then Richards Bay, South Africa|
|Governing body||Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife|
The lakes form part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The closest town is Manguzi, some 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) away from it. Kosi Bay estuary is only 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the Mozambique border. It is possible to walk from the estuary to Ponta do Ouro in only an hour or so. It is one of the quietest beaches in South Africa. The Kosi River Mouth is known as "the aquarium" because of the clarity of the water and the abundance of fish species.
Bird species in the area include the Palm-nut Vulture, Pel's Fishing Owl, White-backed Night-heron, and kingfishers. Duiker, hippopotamus, crocodiles and Bull sharks are also present, and loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach. The Bay is noted for its aggressive Bull shark population. The sharks are locally known as Zambesi. The Kosi Palm has the largest leaf of any plant. Endemic species include the Kosi cycad and Kosi Fern. It is one of very few places on Earth where 5 different species of Mangrove trees are found in one area. Kosi Bay is particularly famous for the traditional Tsongafish traps built to trap fish moving in and out of the estuary with the tide. The Tsonga people, who have colonised this land for more than 800 years, are experts in fish traps and the construction of fishkraal.
Kosi bay is an ancient home of the Tsonga people and their primitive fish traps, the history of Vatsonga people on this land dates back some 800 years ago, Kosi bay and Maputo bay are one land and they belong to the Tsonga people. When Britain colonised South Africa, Kosi bay was annexed to Natal, while Maputo was annexed to Mozambique. The Vatsonga people lost large tracks of land on St Lucia bay in 1875 when Britain took the land and restricted the Tsonga people to Kosi bay only, before 1875, the Tsonga people controlled the whole of St Lucia Bay, later to be known as Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. Today, Kosi bay continue to be the proud home of the Tsonga people, and chief Israel Tembe, the descendent of ancient Tembe kingdom, exercise political control over the bay, the Tembe Elephant Park testify to this ancient Tsonga history.
- The Maputaland Business and Information Directory, Free business listings, local information, classifieds and local news.
- Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (previous known as Natal Parks Board)
- Maputaland.net is the only site a visitor to Maputaland needs to find all the Travel, Accommodation, Activities and Attractions Info.
- Directions to Kosi Bay and accommodation with Amangwane Kosi Bay. See and learn more about the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
- KosiTourism.co.za - Find all the Travel, Accommodation, Activities and Attractions Info in Kosi Bay.
- Visit Kosi Moon Bed and Breakfast. More information and images of the area showing the pure natural beauty that is Kosi Bay.
- Tholulwazi Uzivikele an NGO in the area working on HIV and poverty relief programs.
- Manguzi Hospital a government hospital located in Manguzi town.
- Whales, whale sharks, dolphins are sighted off the coast.Most shark-infested beaches Couriermail
"Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, KwaZulu Natal". SA-Venues.com. Retrieved 2007-05-06.