Article – Kosi Bay
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW…
Kosi Bay is a series of four interlinked lakes in the North coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
The lakes form part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site.
Kosi Bay estuary is only two kilometers 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 most picturesque beaches in South Africa. The Kosi river mouth is known as “the aquarium” because of the clarity of the water and great snorkeling for numerous fish species.
Birding in the area is very good and species include the Pel’s fishing owl, kingfishers, white-backed night-heron, and palm-nut vulture. Animals such as duiker, hippopotamus, crocodiles and bull sharks (locally known as Zambezi) 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.
Flora such as the Kosi palm which has the largest leaf of any plant in the plant kingdom, are found here. Endemic species include the Kosi cycad, Kosi Fern and other species of cycads. It is one of very few places on earth where five different species of Mangrove trees are found in one area. Kosi Bay is particularly famous for the traditional fish traps built by local fishermen to trap fish moving in and out of the estuary with the tide.