Set above a secluded bay, Thonga Beach Lodge is nestled into beautiful coastal dune forest with sweeping views of the stunning beach below on the pristine shores of the Maputuland coast in KwaZulu-Natal. This is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. The crystal clear, warm waters offer South Africa's best snorkelling and fantastic off-shore scuba diving. This is an ideal choice for honeymooners, families, scuba divers or anyone who wants to simply relax.
Thonga Beach Lodge is situated only metres from the beach and a 10 minute drive from Lake Sibiya (Southern Africa's largest freshwater lake), which is part of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (also now known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park), an internationally recognised World Heritage Site. Lake Sibiya also contains the second largest population of crocodile and hippopotamus in KwaZulu-Natal and is an important breeding area for a host of bird species.
The 12 spacious thatched rooms offer either ocean or forest views, and the Deluxe Ocean View rooms also have a private plunge pool as well as an outside shower. The rooms are all hidden in the coastal dune forest and raised on wooden stilts, and have been carefully positioned to guarantee guests complete privacy.
Luxuriously decorated, the rooms exude a romantic ambiance. Bleached wood, glass and natural materials have been wisely used to create an open, airy feel.
Excellent cuisine is enjoyed al fresco on the dining deck or beach deck overlooking the sea.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Isibindi Foundation Levy (pppn)
1 October 2019 to 31 December 2020
GBP 4 USD 5 ZAR 80 EUR 4
per person per night
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Meals; tea/coffee; use of snorkelling equipment; guided walks; canoeing; sundowners at Lake Sibaya (guests are entitled to one of the following sundowner drinks - glass of wine, local beer, cider or soft drink); and the Isibindi Conservation Levy are included. PLEASE NOTE: For non 4x4 guests there is an additional transfer cost from the secure car park at Coastal Cashews Factory to the lodge - this departs at either 12:00 or 15:00 and takes approximately 60 minutes.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. A babysitting service is available (must be pre-booked). Children under 10 years are not permitted excursions, but can do a Discover SCUBA Diving (DSD) or Open Water Diver Course.
Thonga Beach Lodge Location.
Directions For Drivers
From Johannesburg: Drive to Pongola then proceed on the N2 South towards Mkuze. Approximately 45 km from Pongola and 10 km before Mkuze turn left towards Jozini. On leaving Jozini take a left turn towards the Coastal Forest Reserve and Kwangwanase (signposted), ensuring that you are proceeding over the Pongola dam wall.
After 45 km at the T-junction turn right towards Kwangwanase. Proceed for another 47 km and at the roundabout turn right towards Coastal Forest Reserve. After 15 km turn left onto a dirt road marked as Coastal Forest Reserve.
It is 4.7 km along this road to the Coastal Cashews Factory on your right-handside.
Upon reaching the Coastal Cashews Factory, 2WD vehicles will park and guests will be transferred to the lodge in Thonga Beach Lodge vehicles (approximately 1 hour). The parking is secured and the entrance guarded. Please note that there are 2 transfers per day: midday and 15:00.These transfers have to be pre-booked when confirming your stay. Please note that there will be an extra charge per person per transfer (payable to the lodge) for all late/early arrivals and departures. If guests are running late/early it is of the utmost importance to contact the lodge and notify them of the change.
4WD vehicles can proceed straight to the lodge following the Coastal Forest Reserve and Thonga Beach Lodge signs.
From Durban: Proceed on the N2 North to Hluhluwe. Turn off the N2 towards Hluhluwe, proceeding through the town until reaching the last roundabout. Turn left at R22/Sodwana Bay signpost and proceed for 0.7 km and turn right again towards Sodwana Bay/Mbazwane. Cross over a railway line. Proceed for 87 km bypassing Mbazwane on the R22 road. Proceed straight over the roundabouts following the signs to Coastal Forest Reserve. Proceed for 33 km after Mbazwane (passing the Mseleni turn-off) turning right onto a dirt road marked as Coastal Forest Reserve. It is 4.7 km along this road to the Coastal Cashews Factory on your right-handside. Follow the directions as above.
General Information For Guests
All rooms have indoor showers, air conditioning, overhead fans, mosquito nets, a room safe, tea/coffee making facilities, mini bar, telephone, and a hair dryer. The distance between the rooms is approximately 10m.
There is a spa and a main swimming pool.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the lodge area only. It may be slow and intermittent at times, due to the satellite connection.
There is no mobile phone coverage at the lodge.
A laundry service and babysitting services are available (additional cost).
Credit cards are accepted. Strictly no debit cards.
There is a ZAR 40 per person per stay Park Fee (subject to change), which will be added to your room account for settling directly with the lodge on departure.
Daily guided snorkeling is done a 5 minute walk away from the lodge at low tide in beautiful rock pools.
Scuba diving (additional cost) here is phenomenal, with reefs located a short distance from the lodge. The professional lodge diving team accommodates all enthusiasts - from the beginner to the veteran, wanting a tour of the very best the reefs have to offer. The boat launches from straight in front of the lodge directly through the surf. This can be exciting and strenuous so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Diving is limited by weather and the tides and cannot be guaranteed. Guests must have proof of their diving qualifications. Children under 10 years are not permitted, but can do a Discover SCUBA Diving (DSD) or Open Water Diver Course.
In summer, nocturnal walks and drives along the beach in search of egg-laying turtles can be arranged. Guests can witness the culmination of an incredible journey as Giant Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles come ashore to lay their eggs in carefully prepared nests. Turtle tracking is offered in the evening from November to end February. Every precaution is taken to ensure these magnificent creatures are not disturbed during the laying process. Guided turtle walks take place 3 times a week. Nightly turtle tracking in 4x4 vehicle is at an extra cost.
Your rate includes a contribution towards the Isibindi Foundation, which does significant work in the impoverished communities living alongside this protected area, as well as supporting conservation initiatives too within the area. The lodge can arrange on request a free tour to view the projects they are supporting in the neighbouring communities.
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