Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of the Maputaland Coast, KwaZulu-Natal which forms part of the 332 000 hectare iSimangaliso Wetland Park declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.This 24 bed luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of Africas last unspoilt wilderness beaches.
The 12 thatched bush suites offer either Ocean or Forest Views with Deluxe Ocean Views room sporting private plunge pools. The suites are positioned to afford maximum privacy & minimal environmental impact. Excellent cuisine is enjoyed al fresco on the dining deck or beach deck overlooking the sea.
Robinson Crusoe goes percale in the Thonga Beach Lodge chic, eco-sensitive huts. Each room is on a raised platform nestled in indigenous forest in undulating dunes. Natural materials of thatch, reeds and wood lend texture to the clear, minimalist spaces. The huts have full length glass windows and doors to let in the fresh breeze and sounds of the sea. Your own wooden deck reaches out into the forest where you may enjoy morning coffee amidst birdsong, or cocktails under starlight.
The beds have dreamy crisp linen and mosquito nets, complemented by soft down-lighting. The Deluxe Ocean View and Family Rooms romantic bathrooms with baths and double basins flow from the bedroom, while there is a separate shower and enclosed toilet. The Deluxe Ocean View Rooms also have refreshing outdoor showers which offer snippets of sea views. The Ocean View and Forest View Rooms have open-plan bathrooms with very spacious showers, double vanity and separate enclosed toilet.
Indulge your beach hut escape fantasies and natures gentle beauty from this space of serene luxury.
Accommodation at Thonga Beach Lodge: 12 suites in Robinson Crusoe-chic! Each room has a double vanity, stone bath, indoor/ outdoor glass shower, bar fridge, ceiling fan, mosquito net, balcony, thatched 50 square metres. All suites are air-conditioned.
Forest View Family Suites: These suites are ideal for families travelling with children offering two interleading bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom.
Bathrooms: All rooms have open-plan bathrooms with double vanity and separate shower and toilet. Deluxe Ocean View and Family Suites have free standing baths.
Deluxe Ocean View Family Suite: This suite comprises two bedrooms each with own en-suite bathroom, an expansive deck area and private plunge pool.
Deluxe Ocean View Suite: This spacious suite has it`s own private plunge pool set on an elevated deck under the shade of a Milk Wood Tree.
Forest View Room: The Forest View Rooms have a charm of their own nestled in the coastal dune forest which abounds in bird life.
Ocean View Rooms: These rooms have views of the Indian Ocean and boast large bedroom with open-plan bathroom and private deck.
Thonga Beach Lodge activities: Scorpion and Spider Walks Nocturnal guided scorpion and spider walks are available from March to October. Head lamps are provided. No additional charge.
Spa Our spa offers a wide selection of rejuvenation treatments, facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, hot stone therapy and reflexology. Additional charge.
Kayaking on Lake Sibaya Early morning guided kayaking with the possibility of seeing hippos and crocs is available. No additional charge.
Guided Forest Walks Guests can head out on foot and explore this natural wonderland through coastal forests, unspoiled sandy beaches and grasslands. No additional charge.
Snorkelling Excellent snorkelling is available within 500 meters of the lodge. Snorkelling equipment provided. No additional charge.
Birding Birding at Thonga is excellent and the diversity of flora attracts a wide variety of species. Guided birding is available on request. No additional charge.
Scuba Diving Scuba diving at Thonga Beach is rated world class. Shoals of game fish, sharks & schools of bottlenose dolphins are often seen. Additional charge.
Open Ocean Experience This adventure activity offers guests a rare opportunity to experience the variety of marine life that lives along the Elephant Coast. Additional charge.
Turtle Tracking In summer, nocturnal walks and drives along the beach in search of egg-laying turtles are available every night (Nov-Feb). Additional charge.
Fishing The Maputaland coastline is renowned as one of South Africas most popular fishing destinations. Permits and tackle are required at own cost.
Sundowners at Lake Sibaya Sundowners are offered on the shores of Southern Africas largest fresh water lake Lake Sibaya. No additional charge.
Tsonga Cultural Experience Visit a local homestead, school and clinic and experience how the peaceful Tsonga people go about their rural lifestyles. No additional charge.
Wildlife in the Isimangaliso Wetland Park: Thonga Beach Lodge Lake Sibaya has 100km of untouched shoreline and, at 70 square kilometres, is South Africas largest freshwater lake. The lake falls within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, now a World Heritage Site, and the Ramsar Convention assures its international conservation status.
The lakes diverse flora provides a variety of habitats for birds, mammals and aquatic life. Research reveals that hundreds of years ago the lake was once connected to the sea and with the natural closure of the estuary, numerous fish and aquatic creatures were trapped in a fresh water environment.
Lake Sibaya contains the second largest population of hippopotamus and crocodile in KwaZulu-Natal and is an important breeding, feeding and roosting area for a host of bird species. Surface water in the surrounding coastal plain often disappears completely during dry spells, making the lake the only source of permanent water for birds and mammals.
The wetland also supports many of the rural people of this region, who in many cases are totally dependent on the water resource and its associated flora and fauna. Good management, careful conservation and controlled use of resources make Lake Sibaya an example of the concept wise use in action.
Lake Sibaya and its feeder streams support eighteen species of fish. The fauna reflects a marine origin and has close affinities with tropical forms. A freshwater goby (silhouetta sibayi) is almost endemic to this water system, as very few records of it have been received from other localities.
Access by Road: After 15h00. Transfers out of the lodge at 10h30 daily. 44 is required. Twice daily transfers are available from Coastal Cashes at 12h00 and 15h00. Additional charge. Secure parking available at Coastal Cashes for guest vehicles. Nearest Airport Richards Bay and King Shaka Airports Access by Air Daily flights to Richards Bay ex Johannesburg with SA Express 3hr 30 min road transfer to lodge Daily regional & international flights to King Shaka International Airport 5hr 30 min road transfer to lodge
4 x 4 Access required The last 60 minutes is a 4x4 track. Guests in 2x4 vehicles will be collected at Coastal Cashews and transferred in open 4x4 vehicles to the lodge. There are two collection times from the 2-wheel drive parking: 12h00 or 15h00 only .
Late arrivals: Self drive 4x4 The last 34km is a poor condition sand road so guests in 4x4 must ensure they do not travel this road after 16h00. The last available 4x4 transfer is 18h30 from Coastal Cashews. Guests estimating to arrive after this time must overnight at Richards Bay or Hluhluwe. Self drive 2 x 4 (Coastal Cashews Car Park) pick up times (12h00 or 15h00 ONLY) There is a charge per person for a return transfer and also an extra charge per person, per transfer for late arrivals at the pick up point or early departures. (Please refer to rate sheet). Guests to please phone the lodge as they leave Jozini (from the north) or Hluhluwe (from the south) so that if possible we can change the pick up times.
Children Policy: All children welcome. However, no more than 6 children under 8 years to be in the lodge at any one time. Children under 8 to have dinners from 6.30-7pm.
Clothing and Accessories:
Comfortable, casual & cool, swimwear, hats & sandals for the beach. All weather windbreaker & comfortable sturdy walking shoes. Smart casual wear for dinner. Sunblock and Hats. We advise a hat and scarf for the 4x4 transfer which is in an open vehicle over bumpy sand roads.
Health and Climate:
May to September temperatures range from 10 degrees to 25 degrees. Sunny days with cool evenings and early mornings. Sea temperatures between 18 degrees and 22 degrees.
October to April temperatures range from 20 degrees to 36 degrees. Days are hot and humid with occasional afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Sea temperatures between 21 degrees and 26 degrees.
Rooms and Units Available:
Deluxe Ocean View Family Room - excludes levies
Luxury family room with private plunge pool, sweeping ocean views, separate childrens room with own en-suite bathroom and linked by an open passageway. Childrens room not airconditioned. Rate excludes levies
Sleeps 3 Adults
and 1 child
Deluxe Ocean View Room - excludes levies
Deluxe room with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean with private plunge pool and deck. Rate excludes levies
Sleeps 2 Adults
Double Ocean View Room - excludes levies
Double Sea View Room. Rate excludes levies
Amount of similar units: 3
Sleeps 2 Adults
and 1 child
Family Forest Room - excludes levies
This family forest room has an additional childrens room with its own bathroom and is linked by an open passageway. Rate excludes levies
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 3 Adults
and 1 child
Twin Forest Room - excludes levies
Twin Forest View Room. Rate excludes levies
Amount of similar units: 5
Sleeps 2 Adults
and 1 child
Facilities & Services available:
Children under 12 Honeymoon Couples Babysitting Service Laundry Service Special Meals on Request
Wedding facilities Bar on the Premises Dining room Restaurant Spa
Cots available Curio Shop Garden Wi-Fi Afrikaans
English Xhosa / Zulu Hiking / Walking Trails Swimming Pool No Pets Allowed
In the event of notification of cancellation, the following cancellation fee shall apply on the full booking: More than 30 days prior to arrival : 10% cancellation fee More than 7 days prior to arrival : 50% cancellation fee Less than 7 days prior to arrival : 100% cancellation fee
From Johannesburg, drive to Pongola then proceed on the N2 South towards Mkuze. Approximately 45km from Pongola and 10km before Mkuze turn left towards Jozini. On leaving Jozini take a left turn towards the Coastal Forest Reserve and Kwangwanase (signposted) After 45km at a T-junction turn right towards Kwangwanase. Proceed for another 47 km and at the circle turn right towards Coastal Forest Reserve. After 15km turn left onto a dirt road marked as Coastal Forest Reserve. It is 4.7km along this road to the Coastal Cashew Factory on your right hand side, where you will be collected. There is a brown and white sign indicating Thonga Beach Lodge non 4 x 4 car parking. Upon reaching the Coastal Cashew Factory, two-wheel drive vehicles will park and guests will be transferred to the lodge (approximately 1 hour). The parking is secured and the entrance guarded. Please note that we have two transfers per day: 12h00 and 15h00. These transfers have to be pre-booked when confirming your stay.
Four-wheel drive vehicles can proceed straight to the lodge following the Coastal Forest Reserve and Thonga Beach Lodge signs.
Transfer arrangements can be made for guests arriving by air.