With stylish, eco-sensitive suites right on the private Mabibi Beach, Thonga Beach Lodge is a wonderfully reclusive accommodation concealed by coastal dunes and offering a warm, laid-back atmosphere. Thonga makes a perfect spot to end a South African Safari trip.


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Location

The lodge sits along the coast of Maputuland in KwaZulu-Natal. Pristine coral reefs and 1,250 species of fish call the azure waters of the Indian Ocean home so the lodge’s location in Mabibi Bay makes it one of the only tropical dive sites in South Africa and a stunning one. The lodge is also just a 25-minute drive from Lake Sibaya, Southern Africa’s largest freshwater lake and a UNESCO world heritage site.

Rooms

A stone’s throw from the beach, 12 suites are raised on wooden stilts to protect the coastal dune forest, seven offering forest views and five facing the sea. Interiors are full of bleached wood, glass and natural materials such as thatch and reeds to create a breezy, open feel. Floor-to-ceiling windows lead onto the outdoor space and allow a fresh ocean breeze to fill the rooms. Two Deluxe Ocean View suites offer a private plunge pool and deck and the rest of the rooms have private balconies.

Communal Areas

The main lodge sits amid the trees with interesting eco interiors creating a unique space. The bar area is fronted by neon-lit recycled glass bottles, the lounge is illuminated by lanterns made of bamboo and an impressive chandelier constructed from shark teeth found in the ocean sits overhead. When not unwinding in the lounge’s woven egg chairs, enjoy fresh seafood al fresco on the dining deck or out on the beach deck overlooking the ocean. Relax by one of the two swimming pool with a cocktail or indulge in a seaweed rejuvenation at the spa and wellbeing centre. The library is also stocked with board games and travel books.

Activities

The lodge has a fully-equipped PADI dive centre so as well as scuba-diving in the crystal-clear waters of the ocean, guests can take guided birding walks, hike through the coastal forests, go fishing or venture out to Lake Sibaya for kayaking and sundowners. Take boat cruises on the open ocean to experience the variety of marine life and in the summer, nocturnal beach walks in search of nesting turtles is a highlight. Guests can also visit a local homestead, school and clinic to learn about the rural lifestyle of the Tsonga people.

Fully inclusive

Accommodation
Breakfast, lunch and evening meal
Teas & coffees
Use of snorkelling equipment
Guided walks
Kayaking and sundowners at Lake Sibaya
Cultural tours to Mabibi Community
Each guest is entitled to 1 of the following on a sundowner excursion at Lake Sibaya, glass of wine, local beer, cider or soft drink

When to go

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SUMMER

The hottest time of the year, with days predominately over 30°C/86°F. This period of the year is also the wettest, though rainfall usually comes in the form of short afternoon thunderstorms.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

SUMMER

The hottest time of the year, with days predominately over 30°C/86°F. This period of the year is also the wettest, though rainfall usually comes in the form of short afternoon thunderstorms.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

AUTUMN

Pleasant midday highs and generally clear conditions, this remains a fantastic time of year to visit. The likelihood of rainfall decreases as the months' progress.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

AUTUMN

Pleasant midday highs and generally clear conditions, this remains a fantastic time of year to visit. The likelihood of rainfall decreases as the months' progress.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

WINTER

The driest months of the year, with barely any rainfall and blue skies dominating. Midday temperatures are very pleasant, averaging around 25°C/77°F. Mornings can be cool, so worth packing warm clothes should you wish to take in any outdoor activities.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

WINTER

The driest months of the year, with barely any rainfall and blue skies dominating. Midday temperatures are very pleasant, averaging around 25°C/77°F. Mornings can be cool, so worth packing warm clothes should you wish to take in any outdoor activities.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

WINTER

The driest months of the year, with barely any rainfall and blue skies dominating. Midday temperatures are very pleasant, averaging around 25°C/77°F. Mornings can be cool, so worth packing warm clothes should you wish to take in any outdoor activities.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

WINTER

The driest months of the year, with barely any rainfall and blue skies dominating. Midday temperatures are very pleasant, averaging around 25°C/77°F. Mornings can be cool, so worth packing warm clothes should you wish to take in any outdoor activities.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

SPRING

With pleasant midday highs and generally clear conditions, this remains a fantastic time of year to visit. The likelihood of rainfall increases towards the end of October.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

SPRING

With pleasant midday highs and generally clear conditions, this remains a fantastic time of year to visit. The likelihood of rainfall increases towards the end of October.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

SUMMER

The hottest time of the year, with days predominately over 30°C/86°F. This period of the year is also the wettest, though rainfall usually comes in the form of short afternoon thunderstorms.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

SUMMER / WET SEASON

This is the perfect time to visit the Southern part of South Africa (Western, Garden Route and Eastern Cape), with clear skies and warm weather dominating. It is also a good time to visit KwaZulu-Natal and the Drakensburg Mountains.

These months mark the wet season throughout the north of the country, where you can expect high temperatures and thunderstorms. So not ideal for safaris within these regions.

Of all the countries in Africa, South Africa is arguably the most climatically diverse; the beauty of this is that it is one destination which can be truly great throughout the year, you just need to know where to travel. With this in mind, we could suggest getting in touch to learn more.

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