beach lodge A civilised distance from civilisation

Lazing on the beach in the protected world heritage site Isimangaliso Park lies South Africa's premier beach Lodge. With no development 100 miles up or 60 miles down the beach, this is a beach and marine wilderness sanctuary unrivalled. 12 luxurious thatched rooms (a few with private pools) are discreetly nestled into the dune forest overlooking Mabibi beach.

A sea paradise

Wake slowly to the sound of waves, deciding if rock pool snorkeling or an open ocean experience or simply lying on our beach deck sampling our gin platter is the best plan for the day. Playing in paradise. Perhaps a sundowner with hippo's grunting at Lake Sibaya in the afternoon. South Africa's biggest freshwater lake

A natural connection

Conservation is our passion and our purpose. We make it our mission to give our guests the opportunity to reconnect with the natural world. The reefs right in front of the lodge are world-class, and reveal a colourful, enchanting world of diverse oceanic life, including dolphins and turtles. Thonga Beach Lodge is also privileged and proud of its involvement in protecting the loggerhead and leatherback turtles

Cuisine

Our innovative chef and professional culinary team are the source of much acclaim, not only for their sumptuous cuisine which will delight your palate while nourishing your body, but also for the ethical and sustainable philosophy which underpins how everything is sourced and prepared behind the scenes.

FACILITIES AT THE LODGE

The lodge facilities are designed to enhance your experience by complementing the exquisite surrounding wilderness, with thoughtfully curated comforts. An energising day playing in the sun and sea and delighting in the lodge’s barefoot luxury always leaves time for a rest in your private luxury rooms.

  • Dining

    Three dining areas - one in the full forest canopy shade, one in semi-shadeand one indoors - offer numerous dining options depending on the time of day. A permanent tea and coffee bar is available in the indoor dining room

  • bar-cocktail

    Bar

    Our well-stocked bar serves all your usual favourites along with delicious speciality cocktails and coffees. Our cellar has a fantastic selection of prime South African wines.

  • Beach-deck

    BEACH DECK

    The beach deck looks onto Mabibi beach and is a stones throw away from the water. Numerous types of loungers and seats are available.

  • SWIMMING POOLS

    There is a deep pool used for scuba courses and swimming, and a shallower pool, both complete with umbrellas and cushioned loungers.

  • wifi

    WI-FI LOUNGE

    A comfortable lounge area with a selection of books and board games to keep you entertained.

  • relaxation-area

    RELAXATION AREA

    The outdoor relaxing area is under the trees next to the pool, on beach sand, with comfortable hammocks, outdoor couches and chairs.

  • Spa

    Unwind, de-stress and soak up the experience with a relaxing spa treatment in serene rooms overlooking the reserve.

  • marine-centre

    MARINE CENTRE

    Our accredited staff run the marine centre which is fully equipped with SCUBA and snorkeling gear, as well as a TV for educational or kids’ movies (shown on request).

  • airstrip

    AIRSTRIP

    An 800m long tarred airstrip is located approximately 25 minutes from the Lodge. Guests can charter in or leave their private planes at the airstrip. 4x4transfers to the lodge are available by pre-arrangement at an additional charge.

  • CURIO SHOP

    Our on-site curio shop is stocked with quality souvenirs, African beadwork, items of clothing and everyday essentials.

journey with purpose

Thonga Beach Lodge is proud to have played a role in Maputaland's world renowned turtle success story. Leatherback and Loggerhead turtle's have laid their eggs on this ancient shoreline for thousands of years. Thonga Beach Lodge and the Isibindi Foundation continue to play a role in protecting this breeding ground. Guests from all over the world arrive to view this annually between November and March.
Our local community benefits from the lodge in dozens of ways through our Isibindi Foundation, our 2022 project has been the Mabibi school which now stands proudly as a beacon of light for community conservation.

journey with purpose

Thonga Beach Lodge is proud to have played a role in Maputaland's world renowned turtle success story. Leatherback and Loggerhead turtle's have laid their eggs on this ancient shoreline for thousands of years. Thonga Beach Lodge and the Isibindi Foundation continue to play a role in protecting this breeding ground. Guests from all over the world arrive to view this annually between November and March.
Our local community benefits from the lodge in dozens of ways through our Isibindi Foundation, our 2022 project has been the Mabibi school which now stands proudly as a beacon of light for community conservation.

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