KOSI BAY REGULATIONS
Below are general rules and regulations of the Kosi Bay area.
Most lodges can be reached in a normal sedan vehicle, but a 4×4 is required to visit surrounding areas such as Kosi Bay Mouth, Bhanga Neck, Lala Neck, Black Rock and Mozambique.
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.
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. Access is denied to 4th Lake (Amanzamnyama).
No person may pump sand prawns unless in possession of a general bait license or if the holder thereof is in attendance. A daily limit of 50 sand prawns is permitted.
No generators are permitted.
No water-skiing, yachting, jet-skiing or other water sport is permitted.
Pets are not permitted.
No person is allowed to visit Kosi Estuary, Bhanga Nek, Black Rock, Rocktail Bay or Lala Nek without a valid permit.
Permits to visit Kosi Mouth, Bhanga Nek and Black Rock, is available at Kosi Bay Reserve’s offices. These permits are issued on a first come first served basis.
It is an offense to pick, damage or remove any plant from the Park or to disturb, kill or remove any animal from the Park.
Ice, wood and firelighters can be purchased at lodges, just enquire at reception. It may also be purchased from local community members.
Load Shedding does occur from time to time, therefore it is always advisable to bring a flash light.
Kosi Bay is considered a high risk malaria area. Consult your doctor before visiting, and take precautions such as making use of insect repellent and wearing long sleeves in the evening especially during the summer months.
Local guides are available should you wish to make use of their services, but please make sure that your guide is registered. Many locals will offer their services as a guide but not all of them are legitimate.
Although generally calm, strong currents can develop at Kosi Mouth especially at peak tide and during spring tide events and there are no lifeguards on duty.
There are no facilities at Kosi Bay mouth. Be sure to come well-prepared with everything that you might need.