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Thonga Beach Lodge

Maputaland Coast

Set on the pristine shores of the Maputaland coast, known as the Elephant Coast, Thonga Beach Lodge is the ideal place to discover one of the last unspoiled and undeveloped wilderness beaches left on the African continent.

At a Glance

  • Wonderful secluded lodge on the shores of the Indian Ocean, set in a sheltered bay

  • Crystal clear warm waters offer fabulous snorkeling and scuba diving

  • Private rooms with air conditioning, all with wonderful ocean views

  • Just a short drive to Africa's largest freshwater lake

  • Perfect for couples looking for a secluded hideaway; or for families with children, who will love the beach

Adventure, Beach, Couples, Culture

Insider's View

Take a scuba diving course at the lodge in the brand new swimming pool before exploring the reefs offshore

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

Incredible views of the ocean from the rooms, and a beach just waiting to be walked along barefoot!

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

The Open Ocean safari, taken on the lodge's own boat, is fascinating

Anna Hearn

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Thonga Beach Lodge

Description

Mabibi is a magical place of tranquil swimming bays and snorkeling reefs, coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and sandy beaches. Its clear, warm waters offer snorkeling and offshore scuba diving, some of the best scuba diving in Africa.

Thonga comprises 12 Robinson Crusoe style suites. The thatched en-suite rooms have been carefully constructed in the coastal dune forest to ensure minimum impact on the environment and guest privacy as well as offering breathtaking views of the natural surroundings. All suites are air-conditioned. The lounge, nestled high in the canopy of the dune forest, offers panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Alternatively, enjoy sundowners in the bar lounge or the cool deck under the Coastal Milkwood trees.

Activities include turtle tracking, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving and guided wilderness walks. The snorkeling and scuba diving are incredible - with a wealth of underwater seascapes and prolific marine flora and fauna, the scuba diving here is really very special. Just off the shore is a shallow reef which runs the length of this protected coastline, and is home to a huge number of sub-tropical fish including parrot fish, blue surgeons, and moorish idols. The lodge offers scuba diving training in its own swimming pool with excellent instructors on hand.

The lodge is just meters from the beach, and is only a 30-minute drive from Lake Sibaya, which is Southern Africa's largest freshwater lake. The lake is part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, which is recognised as a World Heritage Site.

Accommodation

There are twelve very private suites at Thonga, all thatched and nestled in the dune forest. Each has air conditioning and wonderful views of the surroundings. There is a large bathroom, again with views of the ocean, and a sweeping deck at the front of the suites.

Childcare

Thonga Beach Lodge welcomes children, and there are three family suites available, which can accommodate up to two children with their parents. Most activities are available to children, with some activities, such as the ocean safari, being age-restricted. The lodge is happy to prepare simple meals for children.

Facilities

Thonga has a large main area which opens out onto a dining area and expansive wooden deck, with lovely views of the ocean. There is a swimming pool for guests to enjoy.

Activities

Mabibi offers superb snorkeling 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 dazzling sub-tropical fish including moorish idols, parrot fish and blue surgeons. Scuba diving at Mabibi is incredible with reefs located a short distance from the lodge. The professional lodge diving team accommodates all enthusiasts; from the beginner to the veteran, wanting a tour of the very best our reefs have to offer. There is a super new swimming pool which is large and deep enough to accommodate scuba diving training at the lodge. Thonga's new boat launches straight in front of the lodge directly through the surf.

Location & Directions

Maputaland Coast

Thonga Beach Lodge is situated right on the Maputaland Coast in South Africa's Kwazulu-Natal region, on the eastern side of the country.

When to go

As a country in the Southern Hemisphere South Africa's seasons are the reverse of the north - with winter in June-August and summer December-February. Game viewing is better during the drier months of April to September. The wildflower season is generally from mid August to mid September. The whale watching season runs from June to November.

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