THONGA BEACH LODGE
South Africa's finest beach lodge
EVERY NOW AND AGAIN...
something special comes along
Welcome to the Thonga Beach lifestyle. No shoes, no news in South Africa’s ﬁnest beach lodge. Thoughtful spaces to explore, get lost or ﬁnd moments of escape. Home to only 12 couples at a time in a fabulous marine world heritage site.
barefoot luxuryin a world heritage site
South Africa's most pristine wilderness beach lodge awaits you on the azure shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), situated deep in this wilderness of white beaches, blazing corals and freshwater lakes in KwaZulu-Natal.
“Thonga welcomes true unwinding the luxury of a beach only for you”
A remote paradise only accessible to those that dream of adventure and barefoot luxury. Set right on the beach in the heart of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, and a short drive from Lake Sibaya -the largest fresh water lake in South Africa. Being so remote, you would need a suitable 4x4 vehicle to self-drive to our lodge. Alternatively, we offer 4x4 transfers from LIBRODI LODGE in Sodwana Bay twice daily, guests can leave their vehicles in a secure complex complete with a coffee shop and spa facilities should you arrive earlier than expected. Transfers must be pre-booked with our reservations office, pickup times are 12h00 or 15h00 and the transfer takes approximately an hour. If you are keen to self-drive please follow our instructions on our map and directions page:
Connecting to our eco-conscious community
Our purpose drives us all at Isibindi Africa Lodges, and so we are committed to incorporating eco-conscious systems and initiatives wherever possible, this includes:
Removing single use plastics which includes replacing plastic water bottles with a reusable bottle for each guest
Investing in large solar energy farms
Creating micro-economies in neighbouring communities to supply our lodges
Recycling unused lodge food into feeding schemes for neighbouring creches
Refusing to serve seafood that is not ethically harvested
“You will not be disappointed” - 100% review
First off, the location is absolutely beautiful and pristine. Even the drive to the lodge through the coastal forest was just wonderful. Clean, unspoiled beach and forest as far as the eye could see! The rooms were so tastefully done - we had everything we needed, including privacy (rondawel 7), comfy beds and a beautiful forest view. And they blended in perfectly in the coastal forest. You can barely notice the chalets when looking at the whole lodge from the beach. You don't ever worry about the safety of your possessions thanks to the wonderful culture the local community has. There is a digital safe in the rooms in case but we didn't really use it after day 1. The food here is to die for. You will not be disappointed, even if you're a fussy eater. Nothing was ever too much trouble when we needed an ingredient omitted or added. Just great service all round. There was always something to do even on rainy days thanks to the multiple Scrabble sets in the communal lounge area, good enough internet for some casual browsing and a superb dive centre. There is an amazing shallow reef right on the beach (3 minutes walk)! All the reefs we went to were pristine with beautiful coral formations, and the staff were fun, yet professional and knowledgeable. The visibility is pretty much always great since there are no major rivers discharging dirty water into the sea nearby. Pity we didn't see many large marine game but still an experience to remember. Lake Sibaya during sunset was also breathtakingly beautiful and we even saw hippos in the distance. The guided turtle walks were pretty good even though we didn't see any turtles (this was end of December). We saw loggerhead turtles during the dive though. Saying goodbye was the hardest part. But thank you for the farewell padkos packages for the journey back home - that was a thoughtful touch. I'd say the only thing that was missing was beach umbrellas available to use/hire. And yes it's expensive (especially for us locals) but I'm coming again once I recover financially. Lastly, a big shoutout to all the staff - you were all amazing.
Review posted January 2022
“a perfect hide away!!" - 100% review
Was a real break away and a perfect hide away!! Secluded and remote.
Yes, remote means there is a long beachy dirt road which requires a 4x4 and the internet is not great, but the point of a get away is to get away.
We stayed for 8 nights and really enjoyed each day.
Stayed December 2022
“A hidden gem!” - 100% review
It was such a treat to stay at Thonga for 5 nights recently. A piece of paradise - miles of beautiful, sandy beach with incredible snorkelling and kite surfing. Our highlight was the ocean experience with Tristan and Bheki - spinner dolphins, humpback whales, swimming with bottlenose dolphins and snorkelling at a reef in the pristine, protected reserve was fantastic. The accommodation, food and service were all top notch and nothing was too much trouble for the wonderful team at Thonga. We'll be back!
Stayed September 2021
“This place for me is a little bit of paradise”
This was our second visit to this lodge and just as special and well managed. The meals were varied and superb just as before. We were lucky with the perfect weather for this time of year, and enjoyed all the various experiences they have to offer, including seeing the turtles. The guides and restaurant staff all went out of their way to give us the best experiences. This place for me is a little bit of paradise.
“MEMORABLE AND SPECIAL”
Excellent service, lovely cuisine, a great local wine selection, and well appointed en-suite accommodation exactly as advertised, all right next to a pristine and remote beach.
We have not seen Milky Way galaxy that bright in some time. To David and all of his team, thank you for making our stay so memorable and special. We had a lovely relaxing time. The snorkeling so close by was just amazing. Better than what we have seen at the Great Barrier reef in AUS.
Stayed April 2021
“The best small hotel/lodge we have been to in Southern Africa”
The best small hotel/lodge we have been to in Southern Africa. The best hotel food in Southern Africa, superb friendly, helpful, knowledgable staff. This has been achieved without much of a footprint on the natural environment. The absence of televison and mobile phone reception is a blessing, as the wifi service is good and there is still some form of communication.
Richards Bay, South Africa
Stayed December 2020
Thonga Beach Lodge has managed to create an ideal atmosphere. Relaxed, family orientated but still a complete spoil. Food is delicious, rooms are stylish and staff are friendly. It's position is on an amazing stretch of coastline and if snorkelling or diving is not your thing, then you can just relax on the sundeck with a G&T, watch the whales and soak up the sun. Need to destress? Visit Thonga!!!
Andrew & Tanya
Stayed September 2020
“This is our 4th visit to Thonga.”
This is our 4th visit to Thonga. there is no where in SA where you literally live on the beach. we go there to dive, but even though the conditions were not good we had a fabulous time. The stall under the guidance and management of Ondine are incredible. Mark and Tristan were professional and felt safe in their company. Food by Promise and the team was amazing
Stayed May 2021
“Perfect Romantic Getaway”
Thonga Beach Lodge is the perfect romantic getaway. The lodge is set in a forest next to the beach. Birds, butterflies, samango monkeys, whales and crabs all at the same time! You would never say there are any other people at the lodge when you get to the beach- open and quiet, it feels as if it is only you.
So many activities to choose from, the rooms are very private, comfortable and immaculate. Your every need seen to.
The staff members are very friendly, helpful and considerate.
The food is excellent- and healthy.
We will definitely be back and will most definitely explore the other Isibindi Lodges as well.
South Africa, Stayed May 2021
Stellenbosch, South Africa, Stayed April 2021
Thonga offers the most beautiful beach walks, delicious meals and just an amazing relaxing, quiet, holiday. Every need is met with a lovely forest walk, a trip to watch the sun setting and a relaxing spa. This is the most stress-free holiday to enjoy with excellent value for money.
Stayed October 2020
We will come back again and again and again........
After 2019 we came back for 2 days and enjoyed our stay again very much. From the first second on as driving down the steep hill we felt completely like coming home. Thonga is a paradise. And we will come again and again and again ....
Stayed August 2021
“An Exceptional Lodge In A Breathtaking Location”
We stayed five nights at Thonga Beach Lodge and enjoyed the experience immensely. The location on a 'wilderness' beach is quite simply stunning, with the lodge built into the dunes behind so that it is virtually invisible. Our cottage (number 4) was beautifully appointed and provided an excluded and very restful experience - the huge and very comfortable bed, large shower room and vanity area were all thoughtfully designed for maximum comfort.
The standard of food was exceptional (all meals plus afternoon tea are included), with a very wide choice of dishes. Table service is highly efficient and friendly. Staff at the lodge, many of whom come from the local community were, without exception, extremely friendly and very efficient - some of the best staff we have ever encountered and comparable with the best luxury hotels we have stayed in in the far east.
There is a wide range of activities to do, most of which are included. Scuba diving and the Ocean Experience are charged extra - these two activities involve a beach launch of the boat into the surf and a return beach landing that are both exciting and hair raising if one hasn't done it before.
All in all Thonga Beach Lodge exceeded our expectations in every respect. If you're looking for a unique place to spend a few days in stunning surroundings then we highly recommend it.