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Thonga Beach Lodge

“Where nature is your sanctuary!”

Budget level: High-End
South Africa
When to Go
All Year!
Property Type
Northern KwaZulu Natal
Kids Min Age
All Ages

Thonga Beach Lodge, South Africa’s most pristine wilderness beach lodge, awaits you on the azure shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated deep in this wilderness of white beaches, blazing corals and freshwater lakes lies South Africa’s premier beach destination. 

This 24-bed luxury lodge is the ideal place to connect with one of Africa’s last pristine wilderness beaches, in Northern KwaZulu Natal, while simultaneously rediscovering your own place within it.  

You can also enjoy excellent cuisine, al fresco on the dining deck or on the beach deck, overlooking the sea. A comfortable lounge area, offering a selection of books and board games, is the only area with Wi-Fi access at this remote location.  The lodge facilities are designed to enhance your experience by complementing the exquisite surrounding wilderness, with comforts of a slightly more modern nature.  

The lodge’s beach deck is situation just above the dunes, offering a location for you to enjoy ice-cold beverages, on wooden loungers, while observing the seemingly endless sand beach in front of you. A fully stocked bar, serving delicious cocktails and specialty coffees, is available to you at any time. Two swimming pools, one for scuba courses and one for leisure, await you, each offering umbrellas and cushioned loungers. Meals are enjoyed either on the outdoor dining deck, or the indoor dining area, where the daily breakfast buffet is set up, for your enjoyment.  

Experience + Activities 

Mabibi Beach is regarded as one of the best snorkeling sites in South Africa. The coral reefs along this protected stretch of coastline are home to thousands of species of tropical fish. The lodge’s rockpool snorkeling area is home to mostly juvenile fish, however octopus, fire fish, moray eels and electric rays have also been spotted.  

The snorkeling takes place in the bay, around 400 meters South of the lodge. Snorkeling is tide dependent and is best at low tide. Guests can also experience the thrill of snorkeling in the open ocean on shallow reefs, as well as SCUBA diving for additional fun! 

SCUBA diving at Thonga Beach Lodge is nothing short of phenomenal, with reefs located only a short distance from the lodge. Shoals of game fish, sharks and schools of bottlenose dolphins are often encountered. All enthusiasts are welcome, from the beginner to the veteran. SCUBA training is also available at the lodge’s in-house PADI dive centre. 

Further activities include Fishing, Sundowner Excursions to Lake Sibaya, Kayaking on Lake Sibaya and Open Ocean Experiences, which are sometimes referred to as “Ocean Safaris”. 

The absolute highlight of the region however are the seasonal turtle tracking tours, which offer guests the privilege of experiencing the miracle of life, while tracking mother turtles, as they heave themselves onto the shores in front of the lodge, to lay their eggs (night time tours – November-February/March only). 

For those who prefer a slightly slower approach to their beach holiday, the lodge’s spa comprises of two indoor treatment rooms, as well as a private outdoor treatment area in the forest, and offers amazing couple’s treatments. 


The 12 thatched eco-sensitive rooms, with ocean or forest views, boast an earthy elegance, and are positioned to afford maximum privacy and minimal environmental impact. 

  • Forest View Rooms – 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 that surrounds you. Each room comprises of a large open plan bedroom (king or twin beds), opening onto a private balcony and with an open-plan bathroom with double vanity, a separate shower and toilet. Each room has air conditioning, overhead fans, mini bars, tea & coffee making facilities, a safe and hair dryers. 
  • Ocean View Rooms – These rooms offer views of the Indian Ocean, which can be taken in from a large open plan bedroom (king or twin), which opens onto a secluded balcony. All rooms have an open-plan bathroom with double vanities, a separate shower and toilet, air conditioning, overhead fans, mini bars, tea and coffee making facilities, a safe and hair dryers. 
  • Deluxe Ocean View Rooms – There is only one of these rooms, offering accommodation for the discerning few. Set a fair distance away from the other rooms, it offers total seclusion and privacy, giving its’ inhabitants the feeling of being in their very 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 an 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, a safe and a hair dryer. 
  • Deluxe Ocean View Honeymoon Suite – The deluxe honeymoon suite comprises of a spacious open plan bedroom (with a king size bed) and an open-plan bathroom with a bathtub, indoor and outdoor shower with sea views, double vanity and a separate toilet. This dreamy suite has a private plunge pool set on an elevated deck under the shade of a milkwood tree, with spectacular views of the breakers. This one-of-a-kind suite will have you falling in love with your surroundings and includes air conditioning, an overhead fan, a mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, a safe and a hair dryer. 

    Why we like it

    • The Endless Golden Mabibi Beach 
    • Snorkeling, directly in front of the lodge 
    • Seasonal Turtle Tracking 
    • Delicious Cuisine 
    • Community Support and Interaction Experiences 

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