“Paradise is not merely a place, it is the friends that you make while there and the memories that you take home with you”.
We at Thonga Beach Lodge are committed in every way to ensure that our guests’ experience creates happy memories for them to take back home leaving only their footprints behind in our pristine world heritage site.
Thulani Ntuli has worked at Thonga for over 10 years starting off his career as a security guard then progressing to become a barman. In 2011 he chose to move to the guiding department where he is a valuable and enthusiastic team player. His passion is birding and his favourite activity is taking guests on the sundowner excursion to Lake Sibaya. Thulani was born in nearby Mabibi village and attended school there with his good friend and fellow guide Bheki.
Lorraine Francis - Sea Spa Supervisor. Lorraine is passionate about using a holistic approach to her therapies.
Carl was born in Addington Hospital in Durban, and went to school in Hillcrest. He was passionate about food from an early age and did his training straight after leaving school at Chantecler School of Chefs. After graduating he worked at various restaurants in both Durban and Johannesburg, including Durban's well-known Café 99. He ran his own catering company for a while and then saw the opportunity at Thonga in 2009. He has been wowing our guests ever since. He is passionate about healthy food. Carl loves fishing, trail running and diving. He is a keen swimmer and has competed in both Midmar Mile and Dolphin Mile. He loves being outdoors all day – but hates camping!!!
Bheki is one of Thonga’s longest serving staff members, having started work 10 years ago in the maintenance department. Bheki who loves interacting with guests moved into the position of Barman where he was very popular with his large smile and stories of growing up as a member of the Thonga tribe in the nearby village of Mabibi. Bheki who is passionate about the magnificent area in which he grew up swimming and fishing in nearby Lake Sibaya, now works as a Guide at Thonga sharing his local knowledge with guests from all over the world.