Kosi Bay Turtles
Kosi Bay TurtlesA visit to see the Kosi Bay Turtles should be on everyone's list. We especially go at this time of year to see huge 900kg turtles crawling up the beach to lay their eggs. It is only a 4 day trip where we leave Pietermaritzburg early and 5 hours later we arrive at our camp for the next 3 nights. I love this trip as we get up close to see nature in action. This is a lovely and peaceful part of the Northern Kwazulu-Natal coast close to the border with Mozambique and we do some snorkeling in Gin clear water looking at stunning fish life. On the way to the Kosi mouth we can drive on a rather sandy road. If you want to drive in your own vehicle it needs to be a 4x4. While driving we see where the local Tonga fishermen have made fish traps. This technique has been used for over 700 years. Whats amazing is this method is also uses in parts of Asia even though the people never met. We must remember to bring our cameras to help us remember what we will be seeing. Because it is our hot summer the sea is lovely and warm so a bathing suit and sun lotion is also necessary.
During the day we can walk along the beaches, swim or try some fishing.There is a boat trip we do through the Kosi lakes where hopefully we see some Palm nut vultures. These rare vultures should be on every birder's list. Something for everyone. Some people just like to relax under the trees preparing for a late night looking for turtles. In the evening we drive to Banga nek to witness the Loggerhead and Leather back turtles crawl up the beach to lay their eggs. If you want to see an incredible sight of nature in action then you must see the Kosi bay turtles. Every year from November to February female Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles come to the same place they were born. At night they crawl up the beach to lay their eggs. Please click here to see when we are doing this trip again. So not only do you get to see a very rare siting of nature in action but we can also just sit back and enjoy the quiet beaches of Northern Kwazulu-Natal. Most of all we are right on the Mozambique border and we also have a beautiful world heritage site is near by. Isimangaliso wetland or St Lucia is really worth a visit. It is an absolute birders paradise. As the whole area is around latitude 27 degrees South the weather is generally nice and warm throughout the year. The sea is just amazing to have a dip in.