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 lies South Africa's premier beach destination. Every now and again something special comes along... We welcome you to our 24-bed luxury lodge, where nature is our sanctuary and our purpose is to preserve it.
ACCESS BY ROAD
A 4×4 is required and secure parking is available at Librodi Lodge in Sodwana Bay for guest vehicles. Daily transfers at 12h00 and 15h00 are available at an additional charge from Sodwana Bay Lodge, and out of Thonga Beach Lodge at 10h30.
This luxury beach lodge offers five room types all built with wood, thatch and glass on raised platforms. They are set in indigenous coastal bush, nestled in undulating dunes, a stone’s throw away from the sea.
November-February is turtle breeding season and April-June has the best weather. Diving is best in Summer, December-May when average visibility is 15-20 metres, with a June-September average of 10-15 metres.
PACKAGES & TRAVEL IDEAS
TRAVEL TRADE & MEDIA
Experiences Turtle Tracking
In summer, nocturnal walks and drives along the beach in search of egg-laying turtles are available every night (Nov-Feb).
Thonga Beach Lodge gives guests a unique opportunity to discover the incredible world below the surface. The lodge has a resident diving instructor and offers a range of accredited, comprehensive SCUBA diving courses. Considered to be the premier dive site in South Africa, Mabibi is the perfect place for beginner and advanced divers.
“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
“A piece of Paradise”
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
“Top notch beach holiday in secluded dream location”
We had an absolutely fantastic time at Thonga Beach Lodge and can highly recommend it if you are looking for quiet and relaxing get-away. Bungalows are spacious and stylish and you fall asleep to the sound of the waves hitting the beach. The staff could not have been more friendly and service-minded, they tended to our every need and made their very best to make our stay memorable. Food is simply excellent, healthy and great variety of dishes. Our teenagers loved to alternate between the pools by the lodge and the beach just a few metres away. Beautiful pristine beach with great snorkelling possibilities. Highlight of our stay was swimming with dolphins during the ocean experience boat-trip. Loved every part of this holiday!
Stayed March 2019
“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.