Thonga Beach Lodge
The intimate, wilderness beach at 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.
Each air-conditioned suite has been carefully constructed to ensure minimal impact on the environment, with maximum comfort. Enjoy mouth-watering cuisine, romantic candlelight dinners on the beach and relaxing Sea Spa treatments.
For the more active there's guided forest walks. Guests can head out on foot and explore this natural wonderland through coastal dune forests, unspoiled sandy beaches and grasslands.
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.
From November to February, witness the amazing sight of giant Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles struggling up the beach to lay their eggs. These magnificent creatures, having swum the length of the African continent, return every year to the beach where they hatched.
Mabibi offers superb snorkelling opportunities. 1250 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 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.
- Awards & Accreditations As Claimed By The Establishment
- Birdlife South Africa - Birder Friendly
- Portfolio Collection Member
- air conditioner (all units)
- airport transfers
- babysitting service
- bar fridge
- bar/cocktail lounge
- beach (absolutely on the beach)
- boat / marine slipway onsite
- boat trips (less than 5km)
- canoeing (less than 5km)
- ceiling fans
- electronic safe
- fridge in unit
- guided nature walks
- hair dryer
- lake (less than 5km)
- laundry facilities onsite
- lock-up safe
- nature trail (less than 2km)
- nature trail onsite
- outdoor pool
- parking all onsite
- phone in room
- private airfield (less than 15km)
- private entrance
- private pool (some units)
- restaurant onsite
- scuba diving (less than 10km)
- spa facilities
- sun deck
- tea / coffee making facilities
- whale watching (less than 10km)
- whale watching onsite
From Johannesburg, drive to Pongola then proceed on the N2 South towards Mkuze. Approximately 45km from Pongola and 10km 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 45km at a T-junction turn right towards "Kwangwanase". Proceed for another 47 km and at the circle turn right towards "Coastal Forest Reserve". After 15km turn left onto a dirt road marked as "Coastal Forest Reserve". You will see a large government sign indicating directions to Mabibi, Rocktail Bay etc.It is 4.7km along this road to the Coastal Cashew Factory on your right hand side, where you will be collected. There is a brown and white sign indicating Thonga Beach Lodge - non 4 x 4 car parking. The travelling time is approximately 7.5 hours. Upon reaching the Coastal Cashew Factory, two-wheel drive 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 we have two transfers per day: 12h00 and 15h00. These transfers have to be pre-booked when confirming your stay. Four-wheel drive vehicles can proceed straight to the lodge following the "Coastal Forest Reserve" and "Thonga Beach Lodge" signs.
*** Please note that the road from Jozini often has cattle wandering across it and so caution and slower driving speeds are encouraged. Also particularly around the area of Tembe Elephant Park, the road has quite a few potholes. We have been advised that currently there are also some roadworks along this route, which may cause delays. If you would prefer an alternate route, do not turn off at Jozini, but rather continue on further south on the N2 taking the Hluhluwe turn off instead and proceed as per below directions.
From Durban, proceed on the N2 North to Hluhluwe. Turn off the N2 towards Hluhluwe, proceeding through the town until you reach the last traffic circle (there will be 4 in total). Turn left towards Mbazwana/Sodwana Bay and proceed for 0.7 km and turn right again towards Sodwana Bay/Mbazwana. Shortly after turning right you will cross over a railway line. Proceed for 87 km bypassing Mbazwana on your right. Proceed straight through the circles following the signs to "Coastal Forest Reserve". Proceed for 33 km after Mbazwana (passing the Mseleni turn-off) turning right onto a dirt road marked as "Coastal Forest Reserve". You will see a large government sign indicating directions to Mabibi, Rocktail Bay etc. It is 4.7km along this road to the Coastal Cashew Factory on your right hand side, where you will be collected. This is sign marked with a brown and white sign. The travelling time is approximately 4.5 hours. Upon reaching the Coastal Cashew Factory, two-wheel drive 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 we have two transfers per day: 12h00 and 15h00. These transfers have to be pre-booked when confirming your stay. Four-wheel drive vehicles can proceed straight to the lodge following the "Coastal Forest Reserve" and "Thonga Beach Lodge" signs.
Please note that Thonga Beach Lodge is not accessible by 2-wheel drive, so please specify if you require a transfer from the parking area. Pick up times 12h00 and 15h00
The charge for the transfer is R150.00 per person return. Please note that there will be an extra charge of R100.00 per person per transfer 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
Once you turn off the tar road it is a poor condition sand road so guests must ensure they do not travel this road after 16h00. Please phone the lodge as you leave Jozini (from the north) or Hluhluwe (from the south) so that we are aware of your whereabouts in time to make any necessary changes to our collection times if you are running late.
Check in time is after 12h00 and check out time is 10h00
Take normal precautions regarding stopping in remote locations and do not venture off the main route
Only use the Sibaya Lake road if you have a 4 x 4 and are familiar with the area