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Thonga Beach Lodge

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

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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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  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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