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Thonga Beach Lodge

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

Highlights

- Stunning Remote Beach Lodge
- Protected Snorkelling from the beach
- Diving & Marine Safaris
- Big Beachs & Warm Seas

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Overview

Thonga Beach Lodge is in the heart of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the very north coast of KwaZulu Natal, almost on the border with Mozambique. A pristine section of the Maputuland coast with coastal forests, grasslands, bush, lakes and long stretches of beach. This Indian Ocean coast line offers snorkelling and off shore scuba diving.

We feel that Thonga is easily the best beach lodge in South Africa and highly recommend it. It is however much in demand and you will need to book early to get space here.

Set in the coastal dune forest, this low impact lodge is just metres from the beach. The dining area has spectacular ocean views which can be enjoyed from the expansive decks where most meals are served al-fresco or evening meals on the beach. The lounge area is upstairs with comfy sitting areas and fireplace to retreat to in the evenings. There is a central swimming pool with ‘ocean’ cocktail bar.

The bedrooms are spacious, thatched suites on raised wooden stilts, dotted around the coastal dunes, some with sea views and some hidden in the dune forest. The light woods, glass and natural materials used give the rooms a light and airy feel. All are air-conditioned with en-suite bathroom, shower and double hand basins.

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park has eight eco-systems, three lake systems, swamp forests, coastal dunes, sustainable fishing traditions and large diversity of bird life. Mabibi offers excellent snorkelling and all equipment will be provided by the lodge to enjoy the array for subtropical fish on the shallow reef. Lake Sibaya is only 25 minutes from the lodge and is Southern Africa’s largest fresh water lake, explore the lake by guided kayak excursion, requiring a reasonable level of fitness. There is a Tsonga homestead nearby and guided, interactive visits area available. Guided walks are suggested through the coastal dune forests, grasslands and sandy beaches.

Optional activities include scuba diving, the reefs are only short distance from the lodge and offer all from beginner to experienced divers to enjoy the 1250 fish species. Due to the nature of the ocean in the area, this will all be subject to sea conditions. Open ocean boat trip launched from the lodge, which can be strenuous but once out you may spot dolphins, whales, whale sharks and a variety of other fish and marine life. In the summer months November to February, careful, evening turtle tracking is offered, in search of Giant Leatherback and Loggerhead turtle nests.

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Suggested Itineraries for Thonga Beach Lodge

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Combine superb big five safari at Rhino Ridge Lodge then relax amidst the luxury of Thonga Beach Lodge.

Tailor-made Luxury 9 days

Adults from $2,581 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,008 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,789 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,008 per person economy class from London

Tailor-made Luxury 7 - 14 days

Adults from $2,250 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,197 per person economy class from London

Combine the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains, Safari and remote beaches in this perfect three centre family holiday in South Africa's KwuZulu Natal.

Tailor-made 12 days

Adults from $3,581 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,071 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,529 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,071 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
    Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
    Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
    The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
    I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
    Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!

    MissingJennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019

  • We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.

    Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.

    Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.

    Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!

    One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.

    Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!

    MissingBrandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019

  • Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.

    We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.

    We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).

    We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)

    MissingJeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019

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