EVERY NOW AND THEN SOMETHING SPECIAL COMES ALONG...
This 24-bed luxury lodge is the ideal place to connect with one of Africa’s last pristine wilderness beaches and rediscover your place in it. The 12 thatched eco-sensitive rooms, with ocean or forest views, boast an earthy elegance, and are positioned to afford maximum privacy and minimal environmental impact.
Natural materials of thatch, reeds and wood, sourced from the area create a seamless flow, while providing authentic textures to the minimalist spaces. Each room is on a raised platform nestled among indigenous forest in undulating dunes. Expansive glass windows and doors let in the ocean breeze and sounds, freeing one’s spirit and senses.
Dreamy crisp linen and mosquito nets adorn the beds, while soft down-lighting creates a peaceful, serene ambience, perfect after a day under the African sun. Your very own wooden deck reaches out into the forest where you can enjoy morning coffee amidst birdsong, or cocktails under starlight.
You can also enjoy excellent cuisine, al fresco on the dining deck or beach deck overlooking the sea. Treading lightly in this paradise will make you feel rejuvenated by nature and give you a special connection with the harmony of this extraordinary place.
THE LODGE FACILITIES
The lodge facilities are designed to enhance your experience by complementing the exquisite surrounding wilderness, with comforts of a slightly more modern nature. After a day of adventure in the sand and sea, there’s nothing better than retiring to a little barefoot luxury and a few mod cons.
The outdoor dining deck - meals are served al fresco on the deck under the shade of giant milkwood trees.
The indoor dining area - buffet breakfasts and luncheons are set out in the dining room. This area is also home to a permanent tea and coffee station with delicious homemade biscuits. The mezzanine level is used when weather isn't conducive to outdoor dining.
The bar and bar lounge – a fully stocked bar where delicious cocktails and specialty coffees are served.
The beach deck is situated just above the dunes, where you can enjoy ice-cold drinks on wooden loungers overlooking the ocean.
A comfortable lounge area with a selection of books and board games to keep you entertained.
There is a deep pool used for scuba courses and swimming, and a shallower pool, both complete with umbrellas and cushioned loungers.
This comprises of two indoor treatment rooms and a private outdoor treatment area in the forest, which caters for couples’ treatments.
The outdoor relaxing area is under the trees next to the pool on beach sand with comfortable outdoor couches and chairs.
The marine centre is fully equipped with SCUBA and snorkeling gear, as well as a TV for educational or kids’ movies (shown on request).
A curio shop is located in the reception area where various curios, items of clothing and necessities are available.
The 5 Reasons
There are so many beautiful reasons to visit this idyllic wonderland, but its higher purpose is what really makes it special. Thonga’s ‘tread gently’ approach, enables you to re-experience a true connection with nature, while playing in paradise. Here are our top 5 good reasons to book a stay at Thonga Beach Lodge.
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 snorkeling right in front of the lodge and by boat at nearby safe coral reefs is world-class, and reveals a colourful, enchanting world of diverse oceanic life, including dolphins and turtles. Immerse yourself in this mesmerising underwater world with all its fascinating discoveries.
Thonga Beach Lodge is privileged and proud of its involvement in protecting the loggerhead and leatherback turtles. Nesting sites start right at the lodge and stretch further up the beach. Understanding the magnitude and struggle of these incredible creatures’ journey makes this natural phenomenon a truly magnificent spectacle.
Thonga Beach Lodge’s food receives repeated and well-deserved acclaim, with a chef who prides himself on discovery of top local produce. A short walk off the beach and you’ll 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 – paradise for the palate.
The lodges’ commitment to local community support is inspiring … cultural tours, visits to the local school and interactions with staff will leave you feeling that you genuinely contributed something to this special corner of the planet. The personal rejuvenation that happens from connecting with the community, lives on long after you’ve said your heartfelt goodbyes.
“A great getaway”
Thonga is a wonderful beach retreat. It's situated on a beautiful stretch of coast and my only regret was that we weren't there during turtle season. The staff at Thonga are lovely and very knowledgeable about the local area and wildlife. Also the food is fabulous! We stayed in the family suite, sometimes referred to by staff as the 'honeymoon suite' as it felt more private and had great views of the ocean. A special mention goes out to Tessa who was a fantastic manager - always looking after us and dedicated to making our visit special.
Debbie and Family
Stayed February 2018
“Paradise off the beaten track”
Thonga is a wonderful beach retreat. It'sThis is a uniquely situated hotel, sitting on many kilometres of untouched beach (it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site) - you feel truly alone and at one with nature. It is planted next to the small Zulu village of Mabibi - I loved the fact the village has a stake in the hotel and 95% of staff are Mabibi residents, giving a special opportunity to a rural community.
Stayed February 2019
“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
Thonga is an experience of a lifetime. A wonderful place to disappear from the hustle and bustle of normal life and remind oneself about the wonderful natural world that miraculously still exists in such sacred pockets of the earth. We were lucky to see both leatherback and loggerhead turtles laying their eggs on the beach and the experience was amazing and humbling at the same time. We swam amongst dolphins, and admired colourful and varied sealife whilst snorkelling in sheltered rock pools: All this whilst relaxing and enjoying utterly delicious fare. A magical time for all our family. Thank you!
Stayed December 2018
We spent three nights at Thonga Beach Lodge and they were the absolute highlight of our holiday in South Africa. Staff are warm, hospitable and a delight to deal with. The food is seriously fantastic, Michelin-star quality. Our room was spacious, immaculately clean and had every convenience we could wish for. Oh, and then there's the beach .... miles of it, with just one or two other people in sight. What a phenomenal place.
Thank you Thonga, for a truly memorable stay. And a special shout-out to Siphiwe, the resort's wonderful evening barman. We'll be back!