Posts by Characterstays

5 Must-visit underrated beach destinations in South Africa

Kylee Ryers shares her beautiful impressions of favoured beach areas to visit in South Africa. You guessed it, the pristine Northern KwaZulu-Natal choice destination of Thonga Beach Lodge is proud to be on this list! During 2018, 46 beaches along the South African coastline were awarded Blue Flag status. While earning such a prestigious accolade is…

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We have designed the perfect trip for you

Thonga Beach Lodge

Isibindi Africa Lodges know and love Northern KwaZulu-Natal with a care that extends well beyond duty. Passionate about local communities, pristine natural land and creating fun, relaxing and romantic holiday experiences, here is a suggested short trip plan for you. In it we have tried to bring you the best of beach, forest and bush…

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Bush, beach and forest in one trip

Experience the best of beach, bush and forest in pristine natural environments in our barefoot luxury lodges situated within the safety of protected natural parks. Know that you are making a meaningful investment into local development with our shared community ownership and eco-sensitive natural lodges. Thonga Beach Lodge   Enjoy your favourite drink, with your…

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British Airways now flies direct to Durban!

Here’s a happy thing – now you can fly directly from the UK to KwaZulu-Natal. British Airways is now flying directly from London to Durban. You can be on the back of a safari vehicle in the African bush, or on a pristine beach sipping your favourite drink in no time.     Have a…

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A box of delight

Being the cousin-worse-offs, we used to watch with envy how our cousins would get loads of expensive gifts at Christmas, while we were still fortunate enough to get a few thoughtfully chosen, lovingly wrapped ones. I can only imagine what it would be like for a child to get nothing. Cue the much loved Santa…

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Give a gift of down time

One could argue that most of us need less productivity and a few less trinkets. This Christmas, consider giving someone you care about the gift of down time – a relaxing stay in great comfort in a beautiful natural environment. Food for the soul, a stay at one of the Isibindi Africa Lodges restores body,…

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So green it hurts

Not only is Isibindi Africa Group Executive Chef Carl Moller an incredible chef, talented photographer and sports enthusiast, he has a heart (and fingers) of green. Listen to this story of one man making a difference in rural KwaZulu-Natal: . “A little while ago I experimented with a few microgreen growing kits and a sprouter. …

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Why I love critters

If you are lucky enough during your stay at Thonga Beach Lodge, you may join Layla Leigh Edeling on a guided forest walk. Her enthusiasm about all things creepy and crawly, feathered and fluffy will infuse your visit and you will look with renewed appreciation under every leaf and stalk. We asked Layla 5 questions…

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Dolphins – some of our favourite friends

A dream that I have had for a long time is to swim in the ocean with dolphins. Somehow it is a dream that I have had since my childhood, since dolphins feel to me like creatures that belong with more mythical beings such as angels and unicorns. In my imagination dolphins have the power…

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