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  • S27° 19’ 47.00”
E32° 45’00.00”

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Please note that our pickup point for guests has changed to LIBRODI LODGE in Sodwana Bay

A 4x4 vehicle is required to get to Thonga Beach Lodge. We offer twice daily 4x4 transfers from LIBRODI LODGE in Sodwana Bay where guests can leave their vehicles in a secure parking area. The 4x4 transfer is approximately one hour. Pickup times are 12h00 or 15h00 and must be pre-booked with our reservations office.

Guests travelling in their own 4x4 vehicles can drive all the way through to the lodge.

Due to the condition of the road, it is important that guests plan their journey to be on the road no later than 4pm. There is little to no cell phone reception for the last hour and there are often cattle on the road which are very difficult to see after sunset.

There is no fuel available at the lodge so please ensure you fill your tank either in Hluhluwe or Jozini. 

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GPS: S27° 19’ 47.00” E32° 45’00.00”

Recommended Route FOR GUESTS DRIVING IN THEIR OWN 4x4 VEHICLE

FROM JOHANNESBURG

Estimated Travel time (8-9 HRS)

Head to Piet Retief and Pongola then proceed on the N2 South to Hluhluwe for approximately 110 km. Turn off the N2 at the Hluhluwe offramp. After taking the offramp, turn left towards Hluhluwe, proceeding through the town until you reach the last traffic circle. Turn left at R22/Sodwana Bay signpost and proceed for 0.7 km and turn right over the railway line towards Sodwana Bay/Mbazwana. Proceed for 78 km bypassing Mbazwana on the R22 road. Proceed straight through the circles following the signs to “Coastal Forest Reserve”. Proceed on the R22 for another 33 km after Mbazwana (passing the Mseleni turn-off) turning right onto a dirt road (D1849) marked as “Coastal Forest Reserve” by a brown road sign. You will see a large government sign indicating directions to Mabibi, Rocktail Bay etc. After 4.7km you will pass Coastal Cashews on your right-hand side. Continue on this gravel road and follow the signs to "Coastal Forest Reserve" and "Thonga Beach Lodge". It takes approximately 1 hour from Coastal Cashews to the lodge. There is very little cell phone signal on this road.

*Please note that there are many speed bumps through and after Hluhluwe, so take extra care when driving this road. Suggest you fill up your fuel tank in Hluhluwe as there is no fuel available at the lodge.

FROM DURBAN

Estimated Travel time (5 HRS)

Proceed on the N2 North to Hluhluwe. Turn off the N2 at the Hluhluwe offramp. Turn right over the highway towards Hluhluwe, proceeding through the town until you reach the last traffic circle. Turn left at R22/Sodwana Bay signpost and proceed for 0.7 km and turn right over the railway line towards Sodwana Bay/Mbazwana. Proceed for 78 km bypassing Mbazwana on the R22 road. Proceed straight through the circles following the signs to “Coastal Forest Reserve”. Proceed on the R22 for 33 km after Mbazwana (passing the Mseleni turn-off) turning right onto a dirt road (D1849) marked as “Coastal Forest Reserve” by a brown road sign. You will see a large government sign indicating directions to Mabibi, Rocktail Bay etc. After 4.7km you will pass Coastal Cashews on your right-hand side. Continue on this gravel road and follow the signs to "Coastal Forest Reserve" and "Thonga Beach Lodge". It takes approximately 1 hour from Coastal Cashews to the lodge. There is very little cell phone signal on this road.


*Please note that there are many speed bumps through and after Hluhluwe, so take extra care when driving this road. Suggest you fill up your fuel tank in Hluhluwe as there is no fuel available at the lodge.

Recommended Route FOR GUESTS REQUIRING A 4X4 TRANSFER TO THE LODGE

FROM JOHANNESBURG

Estimated Travel time (8 HRS)

Travel to Ermelo and follow signs to Piet Retief, the N17 now becomes the N2. Travel on the N2 through Piet Retief and Pongola then proceed on the N2 South to Hluhluwe town for approximately 110 km from Pongola. Turn off the N2 at the Hluhluwe offramp. After taking the offramp, turn left towards Hluhluwe town, proceeding through the town until you reach the last traffic circle. Turn left at R22/Sodwana Bay signpost and proceed for 0.7 km then turn right over the railway line towards Sodwana Bay/Mbazwana.
Follow the tarred road (R22) for approximately 78km from Hluhluwe town. You will then reach two traffic circles at Mbazwana town, continue until you see the signboard ‘Sodwana Bay’ to your right, you will also see a petrol station on the right-hand side, turn right continue down the road until you reach the stop street. Turn right, continue straight at the traffic circle and continue straight for approximately 11km. This is a tarred road and takes about 15 minutes.
Continue to Librodi Lodge on your left where there is secure parking for your vehicle. Please wait here for your transfer. There is a bistro that is open from 07h30 to 17h00 daily and there are toilet facilities available. You will transfer to a 4x4 vehicle and be driven through to Thonga Beach Lodge which takes approximately 1 hour.

*Please note that there are many speed bumps through and after Hluhluwe, so take extra care when driving this road. Suggest you fill up your fuel tank in Hluhluwe as there is no fuel available at the lodge.

FROM DURBAN

Estimated Travel time (4 HRS)

FROM KING SHAKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Follow the exit signs out of the airport and head north on the N2 toll road in the direction of Emdloti/KwaDakuza (formerly Stanger) towards Empangeni/Eshowe/Richards Bay/Hluhluwe. Continue on the N2 until you get to the Hluhluwe/Sodwana Bay off-ramp. Take this offramp. After taking the offramp, take a right turn towards Hluhluwe town, proceeding through the town until you reach the last traffic circle. Turn left at R22/Sodwana Bay signpost and proceed for 0.7 km then turn right over the railway line towards Sodwana Bay/Mbazwana.Follow the tarred road (R22) for approximately 78km from Hluhluwe town. You will then reach two traffic circles at Mbazwana town, continue until you see the signboard ‘Sodwana Bay’ to your right, you will also see a petrol station on the right-hand side, turn right continue down the road until you reach the stop street. Turn right, continue straight at the traffic circle and continue straight for approximately 11km. This is a tarred road and takes about 15 minutes. Continue to Librodi Lodge on your left where there is secure parking for your vehicle. Please wait here for your transfer. There is a bistro that is open from 07h30 to 17h00 daily and there are toilet facilities available.
You will transfer to a 4x4 vehicle and be driven through to Thonga Beach Lodge which takes approximately 1 hour.

*Please note that there are many speed bumps through and after Hluhluwe, so take extra care when driving this road. Suggest you fill up your fuel tank in Hluhluwe as there is no fuel available at the lodge.

PLEASE NOTE

  • 4x4 transfers must be pre-booked with our reservations office
  • There are 2 pickups per day: 12h00 and 15h00
  • If you are running late or early please ensure that you advise the lodge or our reservations office
  • There is a restaurant and ablution facilities at the pickup point

IMPORTANT CONTACT NUMBERS:

Reservations:                            +27 (0)35 474 1473
Emergency/after-hours:      +27 (0)60 972 4810
Thonga Beach Lodge:            +27 (0)35 475 6000
Librodi Lodge:                           +27 (0)35 571 0001
Librodi Lodge cell:                   +27 (0)60 529 3377

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