Location: Kosi Bay Nature Reserve (Isimangaliso Wetland)
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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.
Thonga Beach Lodge is everything a seaside lodge should be – think thatched roofs, glass doors, ocean-blue furniture, dreamy mosquito nets and King-size beds dressed in crisp linen, surrounded by the sounds of the sea. It is the ideal place to discover one of Africa’s last unspoilt wilderness beaches in secluded luxury. Situated as close as it gets to the beach in Mabibi, Northern KwaZulu-Natal, Thonga Beach Lodge is the ideal escape from everyday worries. Here barefoot luxury literally means walking freely between the beach, coastal dune forest and gourmet meals serving the freshest of local ingredients combined in creative ways. The only stress you will experience is choosing amongst the many exciting activities on offer at Thonga – including snorkelling, deep sea diving, open ocean whale- and dolphin-viewing excursions, sunset cruises at Lake Sibaya, bird watching and guided forest walks, turtle tracking and being pampered at the local spa. Situated within an indigenous dune forest in the pristine iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the warm climate of the Maputaland Coast means that even in mid-winter one can feel like one is cheating the seasons in this warm ocean haven.
Island style architecture, using organic materials, is perfectly blended with every modern convenience. Each luxury thatched hut has its own wooden deck, indigenous forest or sea views through wrap-around windows and double glass doors. Behind the bed is a double basin with large mirrors and next to that a spacious bath or shower depending on room type. The toilet is enclosed separately.
The food at Thonga Beach Lodge has received international acclaim, and the chef prides himself on finding the very best of local, seasonal produce. Sustainable fish, an array of healthy and delicious salads and vegetables, not to mention decadent teas and desserts are served in dappled shade on an open deck with ocean breeze.
The sounds of the sea call to one’s soul from every part of the lodge. The suites are connected with a wooden promenade, which leads to the spa, a beautiful thatched lounge with wifi and an open bar area where an array of interesting beach cocktails are served by enthusiastic local staff. Or you may wish to enjoy your favourite drink at the swimming pool on an upholstered, cushioned lounger or on a deck overlooking the sea, with views to open the heart.
It is a 5hr 30 min drive from King Shaka Airport Durban.
This luxury beach lodge offers five room types all built of wood, thatch and glass on raised platforms set in indigenous coastal bush . The rooms are nestled in the undulating dunes within a stone’s throw from the beach.
Forest View Family Suites
These suites are ideal for families travelling with children offering two interleading bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom.
Deluxe Ocean View Family Suite
This suite comprises two bedrooms each with own en-suite bathroom, an expansive deck area and private plunge pool.
Ocean View Rooms
These rooms have views of the Indian Ocean and boast a large bedroom with open-plan bathroom and private deck.
Forest View Room
The Forest View Rooms have a charm of their own nestled in the coastal dune forest which abounds in bird life.
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.
All rooms have open-plan bathrooms with double vanity and separate shower and toilet. Deluxe Ocean View and Family Suites have free standing baths.
FIVE GOOD REASONS TO BOOK AT THONGA BEACH LODGE
Robinson Crusoe goes percale in these glass-fronted, thatched bush suites situated on the pristine Mabibi beach in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. Here are our top 5 reasons to book a stay at Thonga Beach Lodge
The Golden Beach of Mabibi
The unspoilt golden beach of Mabibi is one of the cleanest, most beautiful beaches in the world, as it stretches forever to the North and South within the protection of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
The snorkelling right at the lodge and by boat to nearby safe coral atolls reveals a world of diverse oceanic life, including dolphins and turtles.
Thonga Beach Lodge is proud of its privileged position in protecting the Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles and their nesting sites stretch along the shores right at the lodge and beyond.
The food at Thonga Beach Lodge receives repeated and well-deserved acclaim, with a chef who prides himself on discovery of top local produce. Here you can walk off the beach to taste the very best that this rich region has to offer, including sweet tropical fruits, fresh local food, healthy, modern culinary delights and decadent baked treats.
Commitment to Local Community Support
The commitment of Isibindi Africa Lodges to local community support is inspiring and cultural tours, visits to the local primary school supported by the lodge and interactions with staff will leave you feeling that you contributed something to this special corner of the planet.
Wildlife in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Lake Sibaya has 100km of untouched shoreline and, at 70 square kilometres, is South Africa’s 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 lake’s 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.
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