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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 $2,816 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,041 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,952 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 $1,041 per person economy class from London

Tailor-made Luxury 7 - 14 days

Adults from $2,454 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,236 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 494 reviews

(4.95/5)

  • The whole holiday start to finish was just fabulous, the accommodation was perfect and to a certain extent stunning at the Dar Hosnia in Marrakech.

    The transport, guides and staff at both locations were wonderful with a special mention to the Douar Samra team in Imlill. They were more than a bit special.

    The food at both locations was excellent and the ambience and fun we enjoyed in Douar Samra was beyond all expectations.

    We made many new friends whom I am sure we will keep in touch with way beyond this holiday.

    You put together a perfect package it was much more than just a great holiday it was a richly rewarding experience.

    Just finally to say a big thank you to you for organising one of the best trips we have had.

    Missingstuart w reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2019

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    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

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    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

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    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

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