FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

Can we get there with a normal car?

Yes. There is a good tar road through to Kosi Bay. The last 4 kms of the drive is a graded dirt road to the camp. You can get to us with any vehicle except perhaps sports cars with very low clearance. We are 10 minutes drive from the Mozambique border and less than 2 hours from Hluhluwe.

How far is Amangwane from the beach?

We are situated just outside the gate to Kosi Bay mouth. Approximately 3 kms from the bay. Gate opening times vary but are generally 6am to 6pm (please check as you go in the park). You can organise gate permits with us. The track down to the beach parking area is sandy and only 4×4 vehicles are permitted. We offer shuttles to the beach for R100 pp return (this does not include park entry fees). It takes about 45 minutes to walk between the bay and Amangwane.

Is there a pool?

No, we don’t have a pool. There is a beautiful bay to swim in close by!

Is Kosi Bay a malarial area?

Kosi Bay is in a low risk malarial area. We do not generally have many mosquitoes being on a hill and away from any standing water. It is recommended to bring mosquito repellent and lightweight long sleeves and trousers for the evenings. If you wish to take anti-malarial prophylaxis speak to your doctor or local travel clinic. Most people that do choose tablets choose Malarone. http://www.santhnet.co.za/index.php/malaria-advice-for-travellers/item/330-malaria-risk-map-for-south-africa-2013.html  is a good place to get more information on malaria.

We do not have mosquito nets permanently up, but do have a few available if you are worried.

What food will be served on the dinner, bed and breakfast package?

If you are booked in on a dinner, bed and breakfast package you will have 2 main meals. We also have tea and coffee, juice and fruit available throughout the day.

Breakfast usually consists of: tea/coffee/juice, yoghurt, cereal, fruit, toast

and some sort of cooked food eg eggs and bacon or french toast or sausages and beans.

Dinners usually consist of a light starter (perhaps soup) followed by a main meal with vegetables or salad followed by a dessert. We often do a fish braai.

Beer and limited soft drinks are available through the corner shop. If you would like other drinks or snacks you are welcome to bring extra. There are shops in the nearby town Manguzi (approx 20 minutes drive from Amangwane).

Meals are freshly prepared by our chef, Juliet. They are not fancy but are tasty and filling. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know when you book.

I am booked on a self catering rate. Do I need to bring cutlery/cooking equipment?

No. We have a well-equipped kitchen for those of you who are self catering (gas-powered ovens/stove tops and fridges, pots and pans, cutlery etc). We have communal BBQ / braai facilities, a camp fire and a spacious seating area. Please bring your own food supplies & charcoal.

Beer and limited soft drinks are available through the corner shop. There are Spar and Boxer supermarkets in Manguzi (approx 20 minutes drive from Amangwane).

Can we sometimes get dinners or breakfasts if we are booked self catering?

Yes you can, but these need to be booked at least 24 hours in advance please. We only keep a limited stock for guests who are booked on the DBB basis, so it may involve a shopping trip to town for our staff (NB – shops are closed on Sundays!). They will help you if possible, but sometimes it may not be.

Do we need to bring linen?

No, bedding and towels are provided. Please bring beach towels and your personal toiletries.

Do you allow pets?

No sorry, no pets allowed. Dogs are not allowed in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Do you have air conditioning/fans?

No. We don’t have electricity. The chalets are built with shade-cloth windows to allow the breeze to come in and cool them down. As we are on the coast there is usually a breeze, so only occasionally does it get unbearably hot. If you don’t handle the heat well try to avoid coming in December, January or February as the temperatures climb into the high 30’s (up to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit).

Do you have a view of the beach?

No, we are situated on the other side of the secondary dunes. Your view is a small valley with Mdoni trees and grassland with some villagers’ homesteads on the other side. There is a water tower and a community garden nearby. We are proudly part of the welcoming Thonga community.

Is there cell/mobile phone reception?