Kosi Bay – iSimangaliso Wetland Park’s northen section

We left Tembe Elephant Park and headed to Kosi Bay (part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park) for some adventure in and on the water. Unfortunately that afternoon was too windy for us to go out on the boat cruise, so we had an afternoon relaxing and the next day had a day full of activities.

Kosi Bay is a set of 4 inter-linking lakes, with lake number one opening up into the Indian Ocean and the level of salinity dropping as you move further from the ocean, to lake number four.

The beautiful Lake one at Kosi Bay Mouth

The beautiful Lake one at Kosi Bay Mouth

The Kosi Bay area of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park is well know for the unique fishing traps the local fisherman use and have been using for 100’s of years. They are built using mangrove wood and wild banana leaves and how they work is the fish follow the fence line eating small insects from the wood. This fence lines leads to a small kraal into which the fish swim, but cannot then get out. The fisherman checks his trap in the morning and evening and if he has caught something, he will use his fishing spear to stab and collect the fish from the traps.

Kosi Bay fishing traps

Kosi Bay fishing traps

We had an exciting drive across the sand dunes to Kosi Bay Mouth and lake number one. The water is crystal clear here so Carla and I went snorkelling. We saw so many different fish species, it was incredible.

In the afternoon we went for a boat cruise on Lake three and then passed through the natural channel to lake number two. The weather was fantastic. The wind from the day before had blown itself out and so we have perfet weather.

We came across a pod of hippos in lake number three. They are not quite as used to the boat as those hippos living further south in the iSimangaliso Wetland Parl, in St Lucia Estuary, so we couldn’t get too close.

Carla photographing he hippos on lake three

Carla photographing he hippos on lake three

As we went through the channel to Lake two, there were huge numbers of different birds for us to see. Poor Henk, he was sitting back and enjoying the trip and next to him were Carl and myself flitting about taking photos of everything that moved and some things that didn’t!

Giant Kingfisher waiting patiently be the fish traps

Giant Kingfisher waiting patiently by the fish traps

Pied Kingfisher on Lake 2 at Kosi Bay

Pied Kingfisher on Lake 2 at Kosi Bay

On Lake 2 there was even a huge flock of flamingos which flew off as we drew closer. The colours are beautiful when they are in flight.

Flamingos in flight

Flamingos in flight

Another great day in KwaZulu-Natal and another beautiful section of the World Heritage Park of iSimangaliso Wetland Park. A place that must be seen when visiting KwaZulu-Natal.

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