The Lodge

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.

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VOTED MOST ROMANTIC BEACH LODGE ACCOMMODATION ON THE ELEPHANT COAST

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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.

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DINING

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.

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BAR

The bar and bar lounge – a fully stocked bar where delicious cocktails and specialty coffees are served.

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BEACH DECK

The beach deck is situated just above the dunes, where you can enjoy ice-cold drinks on wooden loungers overlooking the ocean.

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Wi-Fi LOUNGE

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

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SWIMMING POOLS

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

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SPA

This comprises of two indoor treatment rooms and a private outdoor treatment area in the forest, which caters for couples’ treatments.

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RELAXATION AREA

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

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MARINE CENTRE

The marine centre is fully equipped with SCUBA and snorkeling gear, as well as a TV for educational or kids’ movies (shown on request).

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CURIO SHOP

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.

SNORKELING

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.

TURTLES

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.

DELICIOUS CUISINE

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.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

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 Day At Thonga

The days follow the pleasing rhythms of the ocean, and are planned according to the tides.

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