Mabibi Accommodation at Thonga Beach Lodge Hotel in KwaZulu Natal
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  • Property TypeGame Lodge
  • Guests38
  • Rooms/Units12

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. There are 3 room types to choose from. 2 Deluxe Ocean View suites with private plunge pool and deck, 3 Ocean View suites and 7 Forest View Rooms.

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. The en-suite rooms have a bathroom with bath, shower and twin vanity. 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 beach as well as 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 seaweed rejuvenation treatments, 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.

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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
  • Beach 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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Rooms & Rates

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

Deluxe Ocean View Room

Deluxe room with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean with private plunge pool and deck. 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 have private balconies. Luxuriously decorated, the rooms exude a romantic ambiance. Bleached wood, glass and natural materials have been wisely used to create an open, airy feel. The en-suite rooms have a bathroom with bath, shower and twin vanity. Every suite has air conditioning.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: not allowed in this room type

Deluxe Ocean View Family Room

Luxury family room with private plunge pool, sweeping ocean views, separate children's room with own en-suite bathroom and linked by an open passageway. Children's room is not air-conditioned. 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 have private balconies. Luxuriously decorated, the rooms exude a romantic ambiance. Bleached wood, glass and natural materials have been wisely used to create an open, airy feel. The en-suite rooms have a bathroom with bath, shower and twin vanity.

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

Double Ocean View Room

Double room with an ocean view. 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 have private balconies. Luxuriously decorated, the rooms exude a romantic ambiance. Bleached wood, glass and natural materials have been wisely used to create an open, airy feel. The en-suite rooms have a bathroom with bath, shower and twin vanity. Every suite has air conditioning.

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

Twin Forest Room

Twin room with a forest view. 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 have private balconies. Luxuriously decorated, the rooms exude a romantic ambiance. Bleached wood, glass and natural materials have been wisely used to create an open, airy feel. The en-suite rooms have a bathroom with bath, shower and twin vanity. Every suite has air conditioning.

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

Family Forest Room

Family room with a forest view. Has an additional children's room with its own bathroom and is linked by an open passageway. 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 have private balconies. Luxuriously decorated, the rooms exude a romantic ambiance. Bleached wood, glass and natural materials have been wisely used to create an open, airy feel. The en-suite rooms have a bathroom with bath, shower and twin vanity. Every suite has air conditioning.

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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