Thonga Beach Lodge

KwaZulu-Natal

Thonga Beach Lodge
KwaZulu-Natal
4 stars

Thonga Beach Lodge is easily the most pristine wilderness beach lodge we know of. The setting is surreal. Welcome to white sands, crystal waters, some of the best coral reefs on the Kwa-Zulu Natal coastline and breeding ground for loggerhead and leatherback turtles. It is a protected sanctuary preserved and private in the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ahem. This place is magnificent.

Thonga Beach Lodge
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As a tailor-made tour operator, we often have to get creative when designing your perfect itinerary.

For example, your travel consultant might add this property to your itinerary if:

Location is a significant factor
It offers a unique feature that will enhance your experience
This is a last-minute booking and room availability is limited
Cost is a factor and you'd rather splash out on another part of your trip
This is a newly opened or refurbished property that we have not inspected yet

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The focus here is on minimal environmental impact. Immersed in nature, right on the beach, it’s quiet and private. You’d hardly know there was anyone else here. Relax and listen to the sound of crashing waves, whether on your private deck with an exquisite view, lounging on the beach deck or as you enjoy a massage. Tranquillity is guaranteed.

It’s a luxury stay, hidden amongst the indigenous coastal bush on the dunes, with 12 eco-sensitive rooms. Ocean and forest views and a plunge pool of your own (when staying in a deluxe suite). Raised wood and thatch chalets with large glass doors allow the cool breeze in. This is ultimate beach living. Even the décor begs serenity.

Family friendly, there’s plenty to do. Track turtles (in season), snorkel the coral reefs, go fishing, visit Lake Sibaya for a sundowner or some kayaking. Its sheer size is seriously impressive and it’s home to hundreds of crocs and hippos. Explore the open ocean, take a guided walk in the forest or simply laze on the beach while the kids build sand castles. It’s surreal and it’s all yours (along with only the other guests in camp), there’s so much space on this private stretch of pristine beach, you need not share it with anyone. Relax and enjoy a spa treatment.

A place as special as this is worth visiting at any time of year, but if you want to see the turtles then visit between November and February when they breed, for the best in beach weather visit between April and June and if you’re all about the scuba, it’s best during summer between December and May.

The location is remote. It takes some serious 4x4 skill to get there. Don’t want to drive yourself? No problem you can transfer from Sodwana daily at 12:00 or 15:00 (at an additional charge).

This really is a slice of paradise and when we say this is paradise, we mean it. Does it get any better? Sure it does. Add a cocktail and voila. Welcome to what is possibly one of the most incredible places you’ve ever visited.

Facilities

12 eco-sensitive rooms:

Ocean view: King or twin beds; en suite with shower and double vanity; air-conditioning; overhead fan; tea and coffee facilities; safe; hairdryer; mini-bar; mosquito nets; private balcony; laundry service; ocean facing views

Deluxe ocean view – family suite: Two bedrooms with king or twin beds; two en suites with indoor showers and double vanities (with either an outdoor shower and bath as well); air-conditioning; overhead fan; tea and coffee facilities; safe; hairdryer; mini-bar; mosquito nets; laundry service; private deck and private plunge pool

Deluxe ocean view – honeymoon suite: King size bed; en suite with indoor and outdoor shower; bath and double vanities; air-conditioning; overhead fan; tea and coffee facilities; safe; hairdryer; mini-bar; mosquito nets; laundry service; private deck and private plunge pool

Forest view: King or twin beds; en suite with shower and double vanity; air-conditioning; overhead fan; tea and coffee facilities; safe; hairdryer; mini-bar; mosquito nets; private balcony; laundry service; forest facing views

Forest view – family room: Two inter-leading bedrooms with king or twin beds; two en suites with shower and double vanity (one also has a bath); air-conditioning; overhead fan; tea and coffee facilities; safe; hairdryer; mini-bar; mosquito nets; private balcony; laundry service; forest facing views

Indoor dining area; outdoor dining on deck; bar; beach deck; WiFi lounge; two swimming pools; spa; outdoor relaxation area; marine centre and curio shop

Activities

There are so many things to do here, as if wiling the days away on white sand beaches wasn’t enough. There’s something for the whole family. Soak up the sun. Pack a hat and sunscreen and head off on a coastal adventure. This is the ultimate beach destination.

Turtle tracking in season (from November to February): Head out at low tide at night (or sometimes in the early hours of the morning) in search for female turtles and hatchlings. Loggerhead and leatherback turtles come to nest. Under moonlight this is a truly special thing to witness. The guided drive is at an additional cost. The nocturnal turtle walk is included.

Scuba diving: This is one of South Africa’s premier dive sites. Go explore. Dive deeper. You could even do a scuba course.

Snorkeling: Mabibi is spectacular and you could spend all day in the water taking in the coral reefs on this pristine stretch of protected coastline. Snorkel the rockpools and the bay (best at low tide) or head into the open ocean to explore the shallow reefs.
Children under 8 to be accompanied by an adult

Fishing: If you love to fish, you’re in for a treat here on the Maputaland coastline, it’s renowned as one of South Africa’s most popular fishing destinations. Just remember to bring your own tackle and you’ll need to arrange your permit too.

Kayaking or sundowners on Lake Sibaya: A 25 minute drive from the lodge gets you to Africa’s largest freshwater lake. This place is impressive and it’s home to the second largest population of crocs and hippos in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Fantastic. Kayaking is done in the mornings on still waters. Sundowners in the late afternoon as the sun sets in what could easily be one of the most spectacular settings.

Open ocean experience: Explore the Indian Ocean by boat. Snorkel deep waters if the conditions are right. You could even see be lucky enough to see dolphins, giant sea turtles and manta rays. You’ll be the only boat out at sea.
Regrettably not for children under 12 or for anyone over 65.

Guided forest walks: This has to be the most pristine coastal wilderness and there’s loads to take in on land too. There are 296 bird species in the area, 2,200 flowering plants as well as butterflies and spiders galore. There are plenty of aboreal mammals too. Immerse yourself in nature for an hour and a half (longer by arrangement). It’s included in your stay.

Bird Watching: Thonga’s coastline is rich and abundant with flora that attracts numerous bird species. You can sit on your deck and watch or go on a guided walk (at no extra charge). A chance to spot the green coucal, grey waxbill, green twinspot and the Livingstone’s and purple-crested touraco. Look out for waders and the palm-nut vulture also likes to hang around these parts.

Tsonga cultural tour: This is the land of the Tsonga people. Let your guide take you to a local homestead, school and clinic. A chance to look into the lives of the locals. Included in your stay.

Spa: When it comes to simply relaxing, you can lay out on the white sands all day long, chill at the pool and on your private deck, but what’s a holiday without a little pampering? Spoil yourself to a massage, facial or for a manicure. Heck, really spoil yourself and book all three or even more. Bliss.

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