(par 1A – Pristine landscapes

Supporting article A: The value of pristine environments

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Kosi Bay – Southern Africa’s Last True Wilderness

Situated in the far north-east corner of Kwazulu Natal lies Kosi Bay which is part of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park now called the Isimangaliso Wetlands which is the FIRST natural World Heritage Site in South Africa to be awarded such worldwide UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE recognition. This area is also known as the Elephant Coast.

Covering about 240,000ha, with a further 84,000ha in, on or under the sea, Kosi Bay is the epitomy of an untouched African Wilderness and most certainly one of the last few remaining natural Wilderness areas of our fragile planet. Kosi Bay is quite simply, pristine beauty as our creator had intended it to be. The absence of commercial development makes this area a gem to be seen and appreciated.

The indigenous Thonga or Tonga people of Kosi Bay continue to this day to carry out age old traditions and culture passed down through the generations. Very unique fishing “kraals” exist in the lagoon and lakes which ensure sustainable catches but do not deplete the fishing stocks. Techniques like this just go to show that our ancestors were VERY aware of man’s threat to the planet, long before we even had cities and modern day “civilization”. These fish traps are tended daily by Tonga fishermen to remove the catch and perform routine maintenance on the traps.

Over 200 species of tropical fish have been identified in the Kosi Bay region, a plethora of bird species and a variety of wild animals. The snorkelling area within Kosi Mouth provides the visitor with superb viewing within the estuary where although a coral reef is no longer in existence many of the tropical fish can be seen in relative safety.

It is no wonder when tourists arrive in Kosi Bay that their first words are “I never knew such a place even existed” and no wonder that those who have visited Kosi Bay have a strong connection to the place that keeps them coming back over and over just to have the privilege of being in a place where mother nature lives and breathes. Remember that Kosi Mouth and the other beaches in the area are only accessible by 4×4 vehicle and in addition limited vehicles are allowed. This affords the visitor with the feeling that they are almost the only people on the expansive beaches at any time.

For the tourist there is a multitude of activities including canoeing, kayaking, fishing, birding, game viewing, walks, hikes or just simply sitting and listening to the sounds of nature. Some of the guests that we have hosted and taken on excursions are simply blown away by the pure natural beauty and tranquillity of the area.

This ecologically diverse wilderness offers unique tourism activities and attractions in a beautiful subtropical climate to be found nowhere else on the South African coastline or possibly in the World, but the threat of unscrupulous developments does exist as it does across the whole coastline of South Africa. It is vital for every South African and citizen of the World to appreciate the biodiversity value of the Kosi Bay region and to NEVER allow any major developments to start invading this pristine coastline. Eco tourism has been proven time and time again to be the biggest money long term earner for South Africa and other countries above ANY other form of income. It’s therefore a no brainer to know that Kosi Bay and other sensitive areas must be protected at ALL costs and not allowed to dwindle into the pockets of greedy and unscrupulous developers.

Visit Kosi Bay today and Live where Nature Lives.

For more information contact Ray or Viv at Kosi Moon Bed & Breakfast – http://www.kosimoon.co.za