Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of the Maputuland East Coast, KwaZulu-Natal in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. It is a 5hr 30 min drive from King Shaka Airport Durban.
1. The Golden Beach of Mabibi
The unspoilt golden beach of Mabibi is one of the cleanest, most beautiful beaches in the world, as it stretches forever to the North and South within the protection of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
The snorkelling right at the lodge and by boat to nearby safe coral atolls reveals a world of diverse oceanic life, including dolphins and turtles.
Thonga Beach Lodge is proud of its privileged position in protecting the Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles and their nesting sites stretch along the shores right at the lodge and beyond.
4. Delicious Cuisine
The food at Thonga Beach Lodge receives repeated and well-deserved acclaim, with a chef who prides himself on discovery of top local produce. Here you can walk off the beach to taste the very best that this rich region has to offer, including sweet tropical fruits, fresh local food, healthy, modern culinary delights and decadent baked treats.
5. Our Commitment to Local Community Support
The commitment of Isibindi Africa Lodges to local community support is inspiring and cultural tours, visits to the local primary school supported by the lodge and interactions with staff will leave you feeling that you contributed something to this special corner of the planet.
Scuba diving at Thonga Beach 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, wanting a tour of the very best our reefs have to offer. 1,250 fish species (Great Barrier Reef has 1500) occur on the reefs in this area. Dives are from a semi-rigid dive boat which accommodates a maximum of eight divers at a time. The boat launches from straight in front of the lodge directly through the surf. This can be exciting and strenuous so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Diving is limited by weather and the tides and cannot be guaranteed. Guests must have proof of their diving qualifications. We regret no children under twelve years or adults over sixty five years.
Mabibi is regarded as one of the best snorkelling sites in South Africa. The coral reefs along this protected stretch of coastline are home to thousands of species of tropical fish. Our Rockpool snorkelling area is home to mostly juvenile fish, but you can see octopus, fire fish, moray eels and electric rays too.
Seven species of marine turtles exist in the world’s oceans today, therefore turtles are important indicators of ocean health. There are five species found off the Kwa-Zulu Natal Coast, namely, the loggerhead, leatherback, hawksbill, green and olive ridley turtles. Of these five species that occur in South African waters, only the loggerhead and leatherback females nest along our shores.
|Rates per person per night sharing||May 2016
|Deluxe Ocean View Suite||R 4 450||R 4 950||R 4 895||R 5 690|
|Ocean View Room||R 3 850||R 4 450||R 4 235||R 5 120|
|Forest View Room||R 3 200||R 3 850||R 3 520||R 4 430|
|Single||Plus 30%||Plus 30%||Plus 30%||Plus 30%|
|Children sharing with adults 0-3 years||No charge||No charge||No charge||No charge|
|Children sharing with adults 4-12 years||50% Of Adult Rate||50% Of Adult Rate||50% Of Adult Rate||50% Of Adult Rate|
|Children sharing with adults 13-18 years||75% Of Adult Rate||75% Of Adult Rate||75% Of Adult Rate||75% Of Adult Rate|
|Park Fees Per Stay||R 29||R 30||R 30||R TBC|
|4×4 Transfers Scheduled *||R 230||R 250||R 250||R 290|
|4×4 Transfers Late/Early **||R 185||R 200||R 200||R 230|
|SCUBA Diving Equipment – 1st dive – does not include any equipment or tank or weight belt||R 600||R 560||R 560||R 600|
|SCUBA Diving Equipment – 2nd & after dives – does not include any equipment or tank or weight belt||R 540||R 500||R 500||R 540|
|Full Equipment Hire charged per day||R 275||R 500||R 500||R 550|
|Partial Gear Hire – per item||R 70||R 75||R 75||R 80|
|Bubble Maker||R 495||R 900||R 900||R 900|
|Discover SCUBA Dive Course – deep sea dive||R 1 645||R 1 950||R 1 950||R 1 950|
|Refresher Course||R 635||R 650||R 650||R 700|
|Open Ocean Experience – includes mask/snorkel, fins & wetsuit||R 540||R 580||R 580||R 620|
|Turtle Tracking by Vehicle (Nov-Feb)||n/a||R 580||R n/a||R 620|
|4×4 Vehicle Charge||R 25||R 25||R 25||TBC|
Included are accommodation, all meals, teas and coffees, snorkelling, forest walks, kayaking, sundowner excursion, Tsonga cultural tour, Scorpion and Spider Walks (seasonal) and Turtle Tracking Walks (seasonal).
Excluded are 4×4 transfers, park fees, drinks, gratuities, items of a personal nature, Open Ocean Experience, SCUBA and Turtle Tracking Drives (seasonal).
Children over 18 cannot share room with 2 adults due to size of extra beds
Baby Sitters are available. 24 hours notice required.
* At scheduled pickup times (12pm and 3pm) per person return minimum 2 people.
** For late/early arrival – 1 way minimum 2 people.
Dives do not include any equipment or tank or weight belt.