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Thonga Beach Lodge

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5 star
South Africa
Kwazulu Natal
Mabibi Beach, Elephant Coast, Mabibi Camp, South Africa

Thonga Beach Lodge

At Thonga Beach Lodge the sounds of the sea call to one’s soul from every part of the lodge. The suites are connected with a wooden promenade, which leads to the spa, a beautiful thatched lounge with wifi and an open bar area where an array of interesting beach cocktails are served by enthusiastic local staff. Or you may wish to enjoy your favourite drink at the swimming pool on an upholstered, cushioned lounger or on a deck overlooking the sea, with views to open the heart.

01 August 2017 – 30 April 2018
Deluxe Ocean View Suites R 5690.00
Ocean View Rooms R 5120.00
Forest View Rooms R 4430.00

Scuba Diving Package – 3 nights & 2 dives – Forest View Room: R 14 040.00

Turtle Package – 3 nights & 1 drive – Forest View Room: R 13 285.00

Thonga Beach Lodge is everything a seaside lodge should be – think thatched roofs, glass doors, ocean-blue furniture, dreamy mosquito nets and King-size beds dressed in crisp linen, surrounded by the sounds of the sea. It is the ideal place to discover one of Africa’s last unspoilt wilderness beaches in secluded luxury. Situated as close as it gets to the beach in Mabibi, Northern KwaZulu-Natal, Thonga Beach Lodge is the ideal escape from everyday worries. Here barefoot luxury literally means walking freely between the beach, coastal dune forest and gourmet meals serving the freshest of local ingredients combined in creative ways. The only stress you will experience is choosing amongst the many exciting activities on offer at Thonga – including snorkelling, deep sea diving, open ocean whale- and dolphin-viewing excursions, sunset cruises at Lake Sibaya, bird watching and guided forest walks, turtle tracking and being pampered at the local spa. Situated within an indigenous dune forest in the pristine iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the warm climate of the North Coast means that even in mid-winter one can feel like one is cheating the seasons in this warm ocean haven.

Island style architecture, using organic materials, is perfectly blended with every modern convenience. Each luxury thatched hut has its own wooden deck, indigenous forest or sea views through wrap-around windows and double glass doors. Behind the bed is a double basin with large mirrors and next to that a spacious curved bath or shower depending on room type. The toilet is enclosed separately.

The food at Thonga Beach Lodge has received international acclaim, and the chef prides himself on finding the very best of local, seasonal produce. Sustainable fish, an array of healthy and delicious salads and vegetables, not to mention decadent teas and desserts are served in dappled shade on an open deck with ocean breeze.

Thonga Beach Lodge offers five room types all built of wood, thatch and glass on raised platforms set in indigenous coastal bush nestled in the undulating dunes within wave breaking distance from the sea.

Robinson Cruisoe goes percale in the Thonga Beach Lodge chic, eco-sensitive huts. Natural materials of thatch, reeds and wood lend textute to the clear, minimalist spaces. The huts have full length glass windows and doors to let in the fresh breeze and sounds of the sea. Your own wooden deck reaches out into the forest where you may enjoy morning coffee amidst birdsong, or cocktails under starlight.

The beds have dreamy white linen and mosquito nets, complemented by soft downlighting. The romantic wide baths and double basins flow from the bedroom, while there is a separate shower and enclosed toilet.

Indulge your beach hut escape fantasies and nature’s gentle beauty from this space of serene luxury.

All of Thonga Beach Lodge bedrooms have the following features:

  • Private Deck
  • Shower, Indoor
  • Bath, Open Plan
  • Air Conditioning
  • Overhead Fans
  • Mosquito Nets
  • Safe and Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • Laundry Service – additional charge
  • Electric Blankets
  • No Smoking
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Mini Bar

Deluxe Ocean View Family Suite: This suite comprises two bedrooms each with own en-suite bathroom, an expansive deck area and private plunge pool.

Deluxe Ocean View Suite: This spacious suite has it’s own private plunge pool set on an elevated deck under the shade of a Milk Wood Tree.

Ocean View Rooms: These rooms have views of the Indian Ocean and boast large bedroom with open-plan bathroom and private deck.

Forest View Rooms: The Forest View Rooms have a charm of their own nestled in the coastal dune forest which abounds in bird life.

Forest View Family Suite: These suites are ideal for families travelling with children offering two inter leading bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom.

Bathrooms: All rooms have open-plan bathrooms with double vanity and separate shower and toilet. Deluxe Ocean View and Family Suites have free standing baths.

Luxury Dive Resort and Turtle Tracking Thonga Beach Lodge

Thonga Beach Lodge lies in Mabibi Bay, adjacent to Africa’s southern-most coral reefs making it the only tropical dive site in South Africa. In global terms, Mabibi offers some of the best diving in the world, but it has gone largely unnoticed because of its remoteness. Even in South Africa it has remained secluded and so divers are guaranteed an exciting underwater experience.

More than 1,200 species of fish are found on the reefs off Mabibi, including Moorish idols, parrot fish, blue surgeons and marble and manta rays. The warm Indian Ocean waters also attract huge schools of bottlenose dolphin as well as sharks, whale sharks and turtles. Thonga Beach Lodge is the perfect luxury dive resort from which to explore these pristine waters

Activities available at Thonga Beach Lodge

  • Guided Snorkeling (equipment provided)
  • SCUBA Diving (equipment to hire – tuition available PADI Dive Centre – no children under eight years)
  • Open Ocean Experience (no children under eight years)
  • Turtle Tracking in season
  • Bird Watching
  • Kayaking on Lake Sibaya
  • Sundowner Excursion to Lake Sibaya
  • Mabibi Cultural Tour
  • Guided Forest Walks
  • Scorpion and Spider Walks in season

Rates are quoted per person per night sharing.

Single supplement of 30% applies.

Rates include accommodation, meals, teas & coffees, use of snorkeling equipment, guided walks, kayaking and sundowners at Lake Sibaya, cultural tours to Mabibi Community. Each guest is entitled to 1 of the following on a sundowner excursion at Lake Sibaya, glass of wine, local beer, cider or soft drink.

Child Sharing Policy:

Thonga can accommodation 1 additional child per room

Child sharing 0-3yrs: No Charge

Child sharing with 2 adults, 4-12 years: Pay 50% of adult sharing rate

Child sharing with 2 adults, 13-18 years: Pay 75% of the adult sharing rate

Thonga Beach Lodge Transfers

These rates and times are to the non 4×4 pick up points for the lodge. From pickup point to lodge is one hour. Please note transfer vehicles will wait for 15 mins only for guests. If guests are not there within that time the transfer vehicle will leave. Another vehicle will be sent to collect guests when they at arrive at the additional late/early transfer cost per pax.

Coastal Cashews – 4×4 transfer 12h00 & 15h00: R 290.00 per person, return

Coastal Cashews – 4×4 transfer LATE/EARLY transfer (1 way): R 230.00 per person

Number of Rooms 12
Maximum Guests 24
Children Children Welcome/Max 6 children under 8yrs/Dinner served separately
Child Minding Available by pre-arrangement
Wi Fi Free in lounge area. Can be slow and intermittent due to  satellite connection
Cell Phone Coverage No
Air Conditioning Yes
Overhead Fans Yes
Swimming Pool 2
Spa Yes
Electricity Yes
Bath Deluxe ocean view & family rooms only
Shower Indoor/Outdoor Indoor
Mosquito Nets Yes
Safe & Hair Dryer Yes
Telephones Yes
Laundry Service Yes additional charge
NO Smoking Policy No smoking permitted indoors
Wheelchair Access Yes, Room 10 only
Distance Between Rooms 10 Metres
Malaria Yes

Weather at Thonga Beach Lodge

  • May-Sept temperature ranges from 10c-25c
  • Sunny days with very cold mornings & evenings
  • Sea temperatures between 18c-22c
  • Oct-April temperature ranges from 19c-38c
  • Days are hot & humid with occasional afternoon & evening thunder- storms
  • Sea temperatures between 21c-26c

What to Pack

  • Comfortable, casual, cool, cotton bushwear
  • Hats, windbreaker year round
  • Swimwear, hats and sandals – summer
  • Comfortable sturdy walking shoes
  • Smart casual wear for dinner
  • Sunscreen, binoculars, cameras, spare batteries, lip cream, contact lens solution, spare glasses, reference books

Season Highlights

  • Nov-Feb turtle breeding season
  • Apr-Jun Best weather
  • Summer – best diving Dec – May average visibility 15 – 20 metres; Jun – Sep average visibility 10 – 15 metres
GPS Co-ordinates S27° 19’ 47.00”
E32° 45’00.00”
Access by Road After 15h00. Transfers out of the lodge at 10h30 daily. 4×4 is required. Twice daily 4×4 transfers are available from Coastal Cashews at 12h00 & 15h00. 4×4 Transfers are chargeable. Secure parking is available at Coastal Cashews for guest vehicles.
Nearest Airports Richards Bay & KSIA Durban Airports
Access by Air Daily flights to Richards Bay ex Johannesburg with SA Express 3hr 30 min road transfer to lodge.
Daily regional & international flights to King Shaka International Airport 5hr 30 min road transfer to lodge

Driving Directions on request

By Air
Via Richards Bay Airport
SA Express flies daily from Johannesburg (1hr 15 mins). It is 3hr 30 min drive from Richards Bay Airport to Thonga Beach Lodge. Enquire about our road transfer service.
Via King Shaka International Airport
Daily regional and international flights are available via KSIA. It is a 5hr 30 min drive from KSIA to Thonga Beach Lodge.

Policies of Thonga Beach Lodge

A 50% deposit is required on confirmation and the balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. For bookings made within 40 days of travel, full payment is required on confirmation. Payment can be made via bank transfer. Bookings cancelled more than 60 days prior to arrival: 10% of the full accommodation charge Bookings cancelled more than 30 days prior to arrival: 25% of the full accommodation charge Bookings cancelled less than 30 days prior to arrival: 50% of the full accommodation charge Bookings cancelled less than 7 days prior to arrival: 90% of the full accommodation charge Refunds, if agreed, are subject to a 10% administration fee.
Children welcome. Maximum 6 children under 8yrs. Dinners served separately. 1 children under 8yrs per room.
All accepted. No debit cards.
Please note that Thonga Beach Lodge is located in a Malaria area. Thonga Beach Lodge can be reached by 4×4 vehicles only. Chargeable 4×4 transfers are available from Coastal Cashews at 12noon and 15h00. Secure parking is available for guest vehicles at Coastal Cashews. Transfer from Coastal Cashews to lodge is 1hr.

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