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Amangwane Kosi Bay

Rustic heaven set in the dunes surrounding Kosi Bay’s lakes

This community camp is a rustic haven. A perfect base for intrepid travellers at the entrance to Kosi Bay.


The camp has evolved from simple dome tents to its current incarnation: Ten simple reed huts with canvas roofs strung out along the treeline.

The rustic reed and canvas chalets, each with twin beds and en-suite toilet and shower, are basic but comfortable.

Linen is provided,  but guests are asked to bring their own beach towels and toiletries.

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  • Amangwane is located at the northernmost entrance to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park on the fringes of the Kosi Bay lake system along KwaZulu-Natal’s northern coastline.
  • The camp is situated just outside the gate to Kosi Bay mouth,10 minutes drive by 4×4 to the beach
  • 5 hours drive from Durban’s King Shaka  Airport – 3 hours from Richards Bay Airport
  • Less than 2 hours from the safari hub of Hluhluwe
  • Amangwane is located just 10 minutes from the Mozambique border

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Who it's for

  • Active families
  • Adventure travellers
  • Kayakers
  • Hikers
  • Birders
  • Photographers
  • Visitors seeking a genuine South African experience


  • Snorkel the unique river-reef at the estuary mouth
  • Kayak the Kosi Bay lakes
  • Whale watching (June – Sep)
  • Turtle tours (Oct – March)
  • Visit the traditional fish traps, spear your own dinner!
  • Big 5 game drives in nearby Tembe Elephant Park
  • Scuba dive in nearby Sodwana
  • Scuba dive or swim with the dolphins in nearby Mozambique (visa required)

Best Features

It’s an experience-led, non-luxury destination for the adventurous traveller. Reed chalets, hot water, sand under your feet and genuine South African hosting.

Good combined with...

As part of an experience led circuit of The iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Combine Amangwane and Umkhumbi Lodge with the battlefields, Drakensberg, rhino tracking in Swaziland or a beach break in Mozambique.

Community focus

Amangwane Camp is a joint partnership between the local community; which owns the land, and Emma and Anton Roberts, owners of Umkhumbi Lodge and The Wetland Park Group.The camp is co-owned by your host Elmon Mkhonto and staffed by local guides and community members. A large portion of the profits go directly to the community. Activities support several local initiatives.


Its simplicity is its authenticity. When you go to bed at night you can smell the wood smoke from the village fires, hear the children’s laughter and calls, all the sounds of life in a traditional village. Awake with the roosters at dawn, walk to the viewpoint and watch the sun rise over the sea, lighting up the extraordinary vista of the Kosi Bay lakes.

TripAdvisor Reviews

  • “Fantastic Family Holiday” Reviewed July 8, 2012 -
    Rustic camp with a big heart... Thank you Vusi & team for a wonderful holiday. We had the best time snorkelling in the akwarium and spent a week admiring the beautiful Kosi Bay lakes. We went spearfishing, did a canoe trip round the lakes, got chased by a hippo on a boat trip and spent a day in glorious Mozambique....
    ~ Magdelvdw Cape Town Central, South Africa

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