Useful Information

Visitors may check-in after 12:00 on the day of arrival and must vacate by 10:00 on the day of departure.

Petrol, Diesel, ATM's and provisions are available at Kwangwanase/Manguzi, 12 km from the lodge.

Reserve gate opening times: 06:00 - 18:00 all year round.

Due to the presence of crocodile and hippo, swimming is prohibited in the Lake system.

No water-skiing, yachting, jet-skiing or other water sport is permitted in the Lake system.

Quad Bikes are absolutely not allowed as they are off road vehicles (not licensed to be on a public road).

Firewood is sold in the lodge, but can be purchased outside from the local communities.

Good relations between visitors to the area and community members are necessary. Do not photograph the community without prior consent and do not interfere or visit any of the fish traps without prior consent from the local community.

Fishing nor any other type of activity is not permitted in the Marine Sanctuary from Beacon No 8 at Bhanga Nek south to Beacon No 9 at Dog Point.

Spearfishing is not permitted within the Lake System, including Kosi Mouth.

A fishing permit is required to fish within the Lake System as well as from the beach in the Maputaland Marine Reserve. Please be aware of size and bag limit restrictions. 

No person may pump sand prawns unless in possession of a general bait licence or if the holder thereof is in attendance. A daily limit of 50 sand prawns is permitted.

Fishing and bait collecting permits (for sand prawns) can only be purchased from your local Post Office or from the Manguzi Post Office (16 km from Kosi Bay). Manguzi Post Office opening hours are 08:00 - 16:00 weekdays and 08:00- 12:00 on Saturdays. Permits are not sold from Kosi Bay office.

It is essential that fishermen provide their own boats. In accordance with SAMSA regulations, only people with valid Sheltered Waters Skippers Tickets may launch their boats at Kosi Bay. The launch register at the launch site must be completed. All boats must be registered and compliant with SAMSA Safety Regulations.

All boats using the interconnecting channel between Lakes 2 and 3 must travel dead slow with the engine just idling while keeping to the right, close to the channel bank. This is to prevent erosion of the banks. Failing to do so will result in the offenders being asked to leave the reserve. 

Pets can be allowed in Palm tree Lodge by obtaining permission first, if the pet is in any way dangerous it will not be allowed on the premises.

Pets are not permitted in the reserve.

Firearms must be declared on arrival.