Mabibi Accommodation at Thonga Beach Lodge Hotel in KwaZulu Natal
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  • Property TypeResort
  • Guests38
  • Rooms/Units12
  • Minimum Stay2-3 Nights

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Thonga Beach Lodge is a highly recommended Mabibi hotel providing accommodation in 12 guest rooms for tourists visiting the Elephant Coast region.

About Thonga Beach Lodge

This intimate, luxury 24 bed lodge is nestled on the pristine coast of Maputaland, Northern KwaZulu Natal, within the Isimangaliso World Heritage Park an internationally recognized World Heritage Site. It’s the ideal place to explore unspoilt, wilderness beaches. Thonga Beach Lodge is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer superb snorkelling and unspoilt off-shore scuba diving, arguably the best in South Africa.

Set above a private, sandy beach and nestled into magnificent coastal dune forest, Thonga Beach Lodge captures the essence of a luxury Robinson Crusoe hideaway. Traditional Thonga fishing villages provided the inspiration for this unique retreat that celebrates the true spirit of Mother Nature.

Accommodation

The spacious, thatched suites are hidden in the coastal dune forest and raised on wooden stilts to ensure no harm comes to the sensitive dune soils. Inspired by Thonga architecture, the rooms have been carefully positioned to guarantee guest privacy.

All rooms at Thonga Beach Lodge have private balconies and 2 boast their own private plunge pools. Luxuriously decorated, the rooms exude a romantic ambiance. Bleached wood, glass and natural materials have been wisely used to create an open, airy feel. Every suite has air conditioning.

Main Lodge Facilities

Large coastal Milkwood trees set the scene for the ultimate beach experience. Carefully constructed into the coastal dune forest, Thonga Beach Lodge takes full advantage of its incredible position while being in complete harmony with the environment.

The lounge, with its comfortable couches and a cosy fireplace, is the perfect place to unwind after a day at the beach. Located upstairs from the dining room, is a mezzanine area which is the perfect place to celebrate with a private candle-lit dinner. It offers spectacular views of the incredible forest surrounding the lodge.

To beat the midday heat, guests can take it easy besides one of the lodge’s two swimming pools or enjoy a delicious cocktail at the bar with its unique “ocean” bar counter. Scuba diving training is offered in the one extra deep pool. For those needing a little pampering, the lodge also has a rejuvenation centre where guests can revitalise body, mind and soul.

The dining area - a large thatched ‘rondavel’ - opens on to an expansive wooden deck, where guests can enjoy Maputuland’s sultry weather and the lodge’s sumptuous meals. Most meals will be served al fresco, or, guests can head for the beach deck and dine by candlelight on the shores of the Indian Ocean.

Sea Spa at Thonga Beach Lodge

The Sea Spa at Thonga Beach Lodge offers facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, hot stone therapy and reflexology.

Attractions & Activities

Lake Sibaya, Southern Africa’s largest fresh water lake, is only 6kms from the lodge and provides an interesting 25min drive through the local Tsonga community. From here you can either go on a guided kayaking trip or in the evening experience glorious sundowners with hippos and crocodiles nearby.

Snorkelling
Mabibi offers superb snorkelling opportunities. 1,250 fish species (Great Barrier Reef has 1500) occur on the reefs in this area. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean make this the ideal spot to snorkel or guests can simply soak up the sun and savour the tranquility of this pristine, sandy beach.

Scuba Diving
Scuba diving is phenomenal, with reefs located a short distance from the lodge. Shoals of game fish, sharks and schools of bottlenose dolphins are often seen. Our professional lodge diving team accommodates all enthusiasts; from the beginner to the veteran.

Open Ocean Experience
This adventure activity offers guests rare opportunities to experience the variety of marine life that live along the Elephant Coast. An exciting launch through the surf in front of the lodge takes you beyond the breakers to a world of dolphins, whales, whale sharks and snorkelling. The warm Indian Ocean supports a myriad of fish and marine life. Guests may encounter dolphins, whale sharks, manta rays and giant turtles. (Maximum 10 guests).

Lake Sibaya (Sundowners and Kayaking)
Lake Sibaya is 6km from the lodge, a 25-minute drive. Sundowners are offered on the shores of Southern Africa’s largest fresh water lake - Lake Sibaya (70 square km). The lake has 125km of untouched shoreline, good bird watching and a great diversity of fauna and flora. Guests can also explore parts of the lake by guided kayak with the chance of seeing hippo and crocodile en route.

Zulu Dancing / Singing
Our local Mabibi school has put together a small team of singers and dancers and they will come to Thonga Beach Lodge by arrangement to perform for us. Donations are usually appreciated.

Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Air-conditioning
  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • Disabled equipped
  • Fan(s)
  • Hairdryer
  • International plug point(s)
  • Mini- / courtesy bar
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Private pool
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Telephone (direct dial)

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Garden(s)
  • Health spa
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Security (guard)
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool
  • Wheelchair access

Functions

  • Bar
  • Breakaway area(s)
  • Catering (in-house)
  • Co-ordinator (in-house)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Parking
  • Team building facilities
  • Wheelchair friendly

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room

Transfers

  • Airport transfers
  • Other transfers available
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Zulu

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Deluxe Ocean View Room

This spacious suite has sweeping views of the ocean and a private plunge pool, a setting you’ll fall in love with. Thonga Beach Lodge is a perfect destination for an idyllic “Robinson Crusoe” beach honeymoon. Your private luxury beach Honeymoon Suite is situated in an indigenous forest, surrounded by sounds of the sea. A romantic king size bed is dressed in crisp linen and dreamy mosquito netting. Enjoy a wide bath with complimentary bubble bath and candles in the privacy of your beach retreat.

  • Additional bed / mattress  
  • Air-conditioning  
  • Area information booklet  
  • Bar fridge  
  • Bathrobes  
  • Bathroom (en-suite)  
  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.  
  • Complimentary toiletries  
  • Desk  
  • Fan(s)  
  • Hairdryer  
  • International plug point(s)  
  • Mini- / courtesy bar  
  • Patio / verandah / balcony  
  • Safe for valuables  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities  
  • Telephone (direct dial)

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 13-18 years are allowed

Deluxe Ocean View Family Room

There is only one of these rooms for the discerning few, set a fair distance from the other rooms it offers total seclusion and privacy, giving the feeling of being in one’s own private lodge with glorious views of the Indian Ocean below.This room has two bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom, an expansive deck area and private plunge pool. The large open plan main bedroom has a king size bed, bath, indoor and outdoor showers with sea views, double vanity and separate toilet. The second bedroom is smaller with 2 ¾ beds and en-suite shower and toilet. Both rooms have air conditioning and overhead fans, while the main bedroom also includes a mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, safe and hair dryer.

  • Additional bed / mattress  
  • Air-conditioning  
  • Area information booklet  
  • Bar fridge  
  • Bathrobes  
  • Bathroom (en-suite)  
  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.  
  • Complimentary toiletries  
  • Desk  
  • Fan(s)  
  • Hairdryer  
  • International plug point(s)  
  • Mini- / courtesy bar  
  • Patio / verandah / balcony  
  • Safe for valuables  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities  
  • Telephone (direct dial)

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 4 guests (max 3 adults)
Children: from 0-18 years are allowed

Double Ocean View Room

These rooms offer views of the Indian Ocean to be taken in from a large open plan bedroom furnished with a King-size bed or twin beds, which opens onto a secluded balcony. All rooms have a bathroom fitted with double vanity, separate shower, basin and toilet. The room has air conditioning, overhead fans, mini bars, tea and coffee making facilities, safe and hair dryers.

  • Additional bed / mattress  
  • Air-conditioning  
  • Area information booklet  
  • Bar fridge  
  • Bathrobes  
  • Bathroom (en-suite)  
  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.  
  • Complimentary toiletries  
  • Desk  
  • Fan(s)  
  • Hairdryer  
  • International plug point(s)  
  • Mini- / courtesy bar  
  • Patio / verandah / balcony  
  • Safe for valuables  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities  
  • Telephone (direct dial)

Qty: 3
Sleeps: 3 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-18 years are allowed

Twin Forest Room

Nestled in the ecologically sensitive coastal dune forest, you can’t help feeling intimately part of nature, as you look out onto the indigenous beauty. Each room comprises a large open plan bedroom (king or twin) opening onto a private balcony and bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and toilet. Each room has air conditioning, overhead fans, mini bars, tea and coffee making facilities, safe and hair dryers.

  • Additional bed / mattress  
  • Air-conditioning  
  • Area information booklet  
  • Bar fridge  
  • Bathrobes  
  • Bathroom (en-suite)  
  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.  
  • Complimentary toiletries  
  • Desk  
  • Fan(s)  
  • Hairdryer  
  • International plug point(s)  
  • Mini- / courtesy bar  
  • Patio / verandah / balcony  
  • Safe for valuables  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities  
  • Telephone (direct dial)

Qty: 5
Sleeps: 3 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-18 years are allowed

Family Forest Room

There are just two of these magnificent family rooms, each boasting two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The large main bedroom (king or twin) has an open plan bathroom with bath, double vanity, separate toilet and shower. The bedroom opens onto a private balcony looking into the indigenous bush. The smaller second bedroom (2 x ¾ beds) with separate toilet, shower and basin is connected by either a short inter-leading passage, which has doors at both ends, or a small open verandah connecting both rooms and offering privacy and peace of mind to parents of younger children.

  • Additional bed / mattress  
  • Air-conditioning  
  • Area information booklet  
  • Bar fridge  
  • Bathrobes  
  • Bathroom (en-suite)  
  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.  
  • Complimentary toiletries  
  • Desk  
  • Fan(s)  
  • Hairdryer  
  • International plug point(s)  
  • Mini- / courtesy bar  
  • Patio / verandah / balcony  
  • Safe for valuables  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities  
  • Telephone (direct dial)

Qty: 2
Sleeps: 4 guests (max 3 adults)
Children: from 0-18 years are allowed

Guest Reviews

1 Review from SA-Venues.com travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

Thonga must be one of the best kept secrets. Our first visit was in January 2011. We spent 7 nights at this piece of heaven. The setting is perfect, the food out of this world and the service superior. We experienced the wonder of witnessing 5 leather back turtles laying eggs and swam with dolphins and sharks. We returned a year later to the exact same quality and special treatment. We cannot wait to return as soon as possible. Koos and Ingrid Marais

February 2012

Koos Marais (Pretoria)

Need to Know

Response timeThonga Beach Lodge typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome.

Closest airport(s)Richard's Bay Airport - 205km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 12h00
Check-out by 10h30

Payment methods accepted by the propertyVisa, Mastercard, Diners, American Express, EFT or secure online payment via SA-Venues.com

Listed on SA-Venues.com since June 2008

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