Thonga Beach Lodge

Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine beaches of Maputaland in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, where you can enjoy tranquil swimming bays, snorkelling reefs, coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. The lounge, nestled in the canopy of the dune forest, offers panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. There are 12 Thatched Robinson Crusoe-chic suites which have been tastefully built and decorated in the coastal dune forest to ensure minimum impact on the environment whilst still ensuring maximum comfort. Some rooms offer sea views, whilst others are set within the dune forest. All suites are air-conditioned.

Grade

Tame

Disabled Friendly

No

Accommodation

Yes

Team Building Facilities

Yes

Family Friendly

Yes

  • Category
  • Grade
  • Disabled Friendly
    No
  • Accommodation
    Yes
  • Team Building Facilities
    Yes
  • Family Friendly
    Yes

Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine beaches of Maputaland in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, where you can enjoy tranquil swimming bays, snorkelling reefs, coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches.
The lounge, nestled in the canopy of the dune forest, offers panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. There are 12 Thatched Robinson Crusoe-chic suites which have been tastefully built and decorated in the coastal dune forest to ensure minimum impact on the environment whilst still ensuring maximum comfort. Some rooms offer sea views, whilst others are set within the dune forest. All suites are air-conditioned. Mabibi is regarded as one of the best snorkelling sites in South. The coral reefs along this protected stretch of coastline are home to several species of tropical fish including Blue Surgeons, Moorish Idols and Parrotfish.

Located 25 km North of Sodwana Bay the Scuba Diving from Thonga enjoys pristine reefs close to our shore.  The boat launches through the surf from right in front of our lodge and shoals of game fish, sharks and schools of bottlenose dolphins are often seen. Our professional lodge diving team accommodate all enthusiasts, from the beginner to the veteran.  The shallow reefs, some at only 8m, are a gentle introduction to this sport. For the more advanced diver, the deeper reefs (up to 120m) provide an aquatic thrill of a lifetime. 1,250 fish species (Great Barrier Reef has 1,500) can be found on the reefs in this area. Dives are from a semi-rigid dive boat which accommodates a maximum of 8 divers at a time.

The Open Ocean Experience offers a rare opportunity to experience the variety of marine life that live along the elephant Coast. An exciting launch through the surf in front of the lodge takes you beyond the breakers to a world of dolphins, whales, whale sharks and snorkelling.

Turtle tracking tops the treats in the summer when we offer nightly walks along the beach in search of turtles laying their eggs. Guests can witness giant Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs in carefully prepared nests. Turtle tracking is offered in the evening from November to end-January for the laying season and all through February for the hatchlings.  Turtle night drives are also on offer for the avid enthusiast.
Sundowners are offered on the shores of Southern Africa’s largest freshwater lake – Lake Sibiya, a mere 6 km drive from the lodge. The lake has 125km of untouched shoreline, good bird watching and a great diversity of fauna and flora.

In the mornings you can explore parts of the lake by guided kayak with the chance of seeing hippo and crocodile.  A reasonable level of fitness is required as well as competent swimming and unfortunately no children under 12 yrs old are allowed.

Guided Walks are popular and you can head out on foot and explore this natural wonderland through coastal forests, unspoiled sandy beaches and grasslands.  There are over 296 bird species in the area, 2,200 flowering plants, 282 butterfly and 228 spider species. The forest is home to the Tonga red squirrel, the thick tailed bush baby, the rare samango monkey and Setaros dwarf chameleon.

Bird Watching at Thonga is excellent and typical coastal species include Livingstone’s and Purple Crested Touraco, Green Twinspot, Grey Waxbill and Green Coucal. Waders are common along the shoreline, and Pink-Throated Longclaw and Rufousbellied Heron frequent the marshy areas. The Palmnut Vulture is also regularly seen.

Fishing the Maputaland coastline is renowned and you can try your hand at surf fishing or fly-fishing. Hully Point at Mabibi is a well-known fly fishing spot. Thonga Beach Lodge encourages guests to “catch and release”. Fishermen should bring their own fishing equipment as well as bait for rock and surf fishing.
Tsonga Cultural Experience will take you on a visit to a local homestead, school and clinic and you can experience how the peaceful Tsonga people go about their rural lifestyles.

Scenic Flights can be arranged to present this magnificent coastline and showcase dolphins, whales, whale sharks, mantra rays and turtles etc. from the air, as well as stunning landscapes.

Children are welcome and there are a myriad of activities for them to enjoy!

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