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Thonga Beach Lodge in Mabibi

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  • - Lodge type Safari Lodge
  • - Location; Zululand
  • - Lodge size; 6 rooms
  • - Recommended stay; 2-5 nights
Thonga Lodge is set on the pristine shores of the Maputuland coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This 24-bed luxury Lake Sibaya Lodge is the ideal place to discover one of the most unspoilt wilderness beaches left on the African continent. Mabibi is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer South Africa's best snorkelling and fantastic off-shore scuba diving.

Set above a secluded bay, Thonga is nestled into beautiful coastal dune forest with sweeping views of the stunning beach below. The thatched bush suites provide guest privacy and were carefully constructed to ensure minimal impact on the environment. The lodge offers luxurious accommodation, mouth-watering meals and one of the best dive sites in the South Africa.

Rooms & Suites at Thonga Beach Lodge

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. Some rooms offer sea views (see rates), whilst others are set within the dune forest.

All 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.

Food & Wine:

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 and dine by candlelight on the shores of the Indian Ocean.

Facilities:

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 diningroom, it offers spectacular views of the beach as well as the incredible forest surrounding the lodge. It's the ideal spot to relax with a sundowner or catch a breathtaking sunrise over a steaming mug of coffee.

To beat the midday heat, guests can take it easy beside the lodge's swimming pool or enjoy a delicious cocktail at the bar with its unique "ocean" bar counter. For those needing a little pampering, the lodge also has a rejuvenation centre where guests can revitalise body, mind and soul.

Activities near Thonga Beach Lodge:

Snorkelling; Mabibi offers superb snorkelling opportunities with a great diversity of underwater seascapes and marine flora and fauna. The shallow reefs along this protected stretch of coastline are home to an array of brilliant sub-tropical fish including moorish idols, parrot fish and blue surgeons.

Scuba Diving; Scuba diving at Mabibi is phenomenal, with reefs located a short distance from the lodge. Shoals of game fish, sharks and schools of bottlenose dolphins are often seen.

Lake Sibaya; The lake is 6km from the lodge, a 25-minute drive.

Bird Watching; Birding at Mabibi and its surrounds is excellent and the variety of habitats attracts a great diversity of species. Lake Sibaya has recorded 279 bird species including the Palmnut Vulture, the only fruit-eating vulture in the world. Pel's fishing owl and pygmy goose.

Guided Wilderness Walks; Guests can head out on foot and explore this natural wonderland through coastal dune forests, unspoiled sandy beaches and grasslands.

Turtle Tracking; 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.

Fishing; The Maputuland coastline is renowned as one of South Africa's most popular fishing destinations. Guests can try their hand at surf fishing or fly-fishing. Hully Point at Mabibi, is a well-known fly-fishing spot. The enthusiastic angler can experience the thrill of bagging the catch of a lifetime from these brilliant waters. The Lodge and staff encourages guests to "catch & release".

Tsonga Cultural Experience; Visit a traditional Tsonga homestead and learn about their unique heritage and culture.


  • Rates from: R 3200.00
  • Per person per night sharing
  • Rates are in South African Rands
  • *Rates may vary according to season
  • Flights (return);
  • UK - RSA; from £ 611
  • USA - RSA; from $ 1390
  • EUR - RSA; from € 495
  • Subject to availability & T&C's


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