Thonga Beach Lodge

Set in the secluded Mabibi bay, on the Elephant Coast (Northern KwaZulu-Natal), Thonga Beach Lodge is in the heart of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, an internationally recognized World Heritage Site. It is located 25 km North of Sodwana Bay and is the first private concession to have been granted by the Isimangaliso Wetland Park Authority. The swimming pool and central lodge area are 25m from the beach. The rooms vary between 30m and 120m from the beach. Lake Sibaya (Southern Africa’s largest natural freshwater lake) is 6km from the lodge. The lounge, nestled high in the canopy of the dune forest, offers panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Alternatively enjoy sundowners in the bar lounge or on the cool deck under the Coastal Milkwood trees. 

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12 Suites in Robinson Crusoe-chic! The thatched en-suite rooms have been carefully constructed in the coastal dune forest to ensure minimum impact on the environment whilst still ensuring maximum guest comfort. Five of the rooms offer sea views, 2 of these have panoramic sea views & private plunge pools, 3 have limited sea views whilst others are set within the dune forest. Each room has a double vanity, stone bath, indoor shower, separate toilet, bar fridge, ceiling fan, mosquito net, private balcony, thatched 50 square metres. All suites are air-conditioned. 

The Camp

Set on the pristine shores of the Maputaland coast, this luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of the last unspoilt and undeveloped wilderness beaches left on the African continent.

Mabibi is a magical place of tranquil swimming bays and snorkelling reefs, coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. It’s clear, warm waters offer superb snorkelling and fantastic offshore scuba diving. 

Accommodation

Activities

Snorkelling:
Mabibi is regarded as one of the best snorkelling sites in South Africa. The coral reefs along this protected stretch of coastline are home to thousands of species of tropical fish. 

Scuba Diving:
This is an adventure activity which launches from right in front of our lodge. Scuba diving at Mabibi is phenomenal and reefs are located just a short distance from the lodge. Considered to be the premier dive site in South Africa, Mabibi is the perfect place for beginner divers.

Open Ocean Experience: For the Thrill Seekers
This adventure activity offers guests a rare opportunity to experience a variety of marine life that lives along the Elephant Coast. An exciting & involved launch through the surf in front of the lodge takes you beyond the breakers to a world of dolphins, whales, whale sharks and snorkelling. The warm Indian Ocean supports a myriad of fish and marine life. Guests may encounter dolphins, whale sharks, manta rays and giant turtles.

Lake Sibaya (Sundowners and Kayaking)
The lake is 6km from the lodge, a 25-minute drive.
Sundowners are offered on the shores of Southern Africa’s largest fresh water lake – Lake Sibaya (70 square km). The lake has 125km of untouched shoreline, good bird watching and a great diversity of fauna and flora. Guests can also explore parts of the lake by guided kayak with the chance of seeing hippo and crocodile en route.

Turtle Tracking:
In summer we offer nocturnal walks and drives along the beach in search of pre-historic turtles laying their eggs. Guests can witness the culmination of an incredible journey as giant Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles come ashore to lay their eggs in carefully prepared nests.