IMPORTANT INFO

HEALTH & SAFETY

Before you embark on your exciting adventure, we would like to inform you of the following to make sure that all your health and travel requirements are taken care of:

COVID-19
We would like to provide you with additional peace of mind by sharing with you the steps we are taking to ensure a safe and enjoyable stay stay us. Please view our Health and Safety protocols for details.
We have also added special provisions to our booking terms and conditions to make allowance for changes due to Covid-19. Please view our booking terms and conditions for details.

 

Lodge Fact Sheet

NUMBER OF ROOMS12
MAXIMUM GUESTS30
CHILDRENMax 8 children under 8 years. Dinners served separately
CHILDMINDINGAvailable by pre-arrangement
TRIPLESUp to 1 child under 18 years per room
WiFiYes, in main lodge only. Slow and intermittent
CELL PHONE COVERAGENo
AIR CONDITIONINGYes
OVERHEAD FANSYes
SWIMMING POOLYes
ELECTRICITYYes
BATHDeluxe Ocean View and Family Rooms only have baths
SHOWER INDOOR/OUTDOORIndoor. Deluxe Ocean View Rooms have Outdoor & Indoor Showers
MOSQUITO NETSYes
SAFEYes
TELEPHONESNo
LAUNDRY SERVICEYes additional charge
NO SMOKING POLICYNo smoking permitted indoors
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSRoom 10 only (Forest View) is wheelchair friendly
DISTANCE BETWEEN ROOMSTen metres
CHECK IN/CHECK OUT12h00 and 10h00
CREDIT CARDSAll accepted. No debit cards
MALARIALow risk
HALAAL MEALSAvailable on request. Must be pre-booked via our Reservations Department

What to pack

  • Comfortable, casual & cool, swimwear, hats & sandals for the beach
  • All weather windbreaker & comfortable sturdy walking shoes
  • Smart casual wear for dinner
  • Sunscreen, binoculars, cameras, spare batteries
  • Lip cream, contact lens solution, spare glasses
  • Reference books

WEATHER

  • May-Sept: Temperature ranges from 10c-25c
  • Sunny days with very cool evenings and early mornings
  • Sea temperatures between 18c-22c
  • Oct-April: Temperature ranges from 20c-36c
  • Days are hot & humid with occasional afternoon and evening thunderstorms
  • Sea temperatures between 21c-26c

Season Highlights

  • Nov – Feb: Turtle breeding season
  • Apr – Jun: Best weather
  • Diving: Best in summer
    Dec – May: Average visibility is 15-20 metres
    Jun – Sep: Average visibility is 10-15 metres

How To Get There

GPS CO-ORDINATESS27° 19’ 47.00”
E32° 45’00.00”
ACCESS BY ROAD4×4 is required. Twice daily 4×4 transfers are available from LIBRODI LODGE in SODWANA BAY at 12h00 & 15h00.
4×4 Transfers are chargeable. Transfers out of the lodge at 10h30 daily.
Secure parking is available at Librodi Lodge for guest vehicles.
NEAREST AIRPORTSRichards Bay & KSIA Durban Airports.
ACCESS BY AIRDaily flights to Richards Bay ex Johannesburg . 3hr 30 min road transfer to lodge.
Daily regional & international flights to King Shaka International Airport 5hr 30 min road transfer to lodge.

Map & Directions

RECOMMENDED ROUTE FROM JOHANNESBURG (8 HRS)
(FOR GUESTS REQUIRING A 4x4 TRANSFER)

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.


RECOMMENDED ROUTE
FROM DURBAN - King Shaka International Airport (4 HRS)
(FOR GUESTS REQUIRING A 4x4 TRANSFER)

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.

Distances Table

Johannesburg to Thonga Beach Lodge via road8 hrs
Johannesburg to Thonga Beach Lodge via air ex Richards Bay4 hr 30
Johannesburg to Thonga Beach Lodge via air ex KSIA6 hr 30s
Cape Town to Thonga Beach Lodge via air ex KSIA7 hrs 30
Durban to Thonga Beach Lodge6 hrs
King Shaka International Airport to Thonga Beach Lodge5 hrs 30
Kosi Forest Lodge to Thonga Beach Lodge2 hrs 15
Richards Bay to Thonga Beach Lodge3 hrs 30
St Lucia to Thonga Beach Lodge3 hrs
Rhino Safari Lodge to Thonga Beach Lodge3 hrs 30
Rhino Post Safari Lodge by road to Thonga Beach Lodge10 hrs
Rhino Post Safari Lodge by charter flight to Thonga Beach Lodge2 hrs 45