COUNTRY: South Africa
AREA: Zululand and Maputaland
Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of the Maputuland coast, northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This 24-bed luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of the most unspoilt wilderness beaches left on the African continent. Mabibi is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer South Africaâ€™s best snorkelling and fantastic off-shore scuba diving.
Set above a secluded bay, Thonga Beach Lodge is nestled into beautiful coastal dune forest with sweeping views of the stunning beach below. The thatched bush suites provide guest privacy and were carefully constructed to ensure minimal impact on the environment. The lodge offers luxurious accommodation, mouth-watering meals and one of the best dive sites in the South Africa.
Thonga Beach Lodge is situated only metres from the beach and a 25 minute drive from Lake Sibaya (Southern Africaâ€™s largest freshwater lake), which is part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, now internationally recognised as a World Heritage Site.
Traditional Thonga fishing villages provided the inspiration for this unique retreat that celebrates the true spirit of Mother Nature.
Large coastal Milkwood trees set the scene for the ultimate beach experience. Carefully constructed into the coastal dune forest, Thonga Beach Lodge takes full advantage of its incredible position while being in complete harmony with the environment.
The lounge, with its comfortable couches and a cosy fireplace, is the perfect place to unwind after a day at the beach. Located upstairs from the diningroom, it offers spectacular views of the beach as well as the incredible forest surrounding the lodge. Itâ€™s the ideal spot to relax with a sundowner or catch a breathtaking sunrise over a steaming mug of coffee.
To beat the midday heat, guests can take it easy beside the lodgeâ€™s swimming pool or enjoy a delicious cocktail at the bar with its unique â€œoceanâ€ bar counter. For those needing a little pampering, the lodge also has a rejuvenation centre where guests can revitalise body, mind and soul.
The spacious, thatched suites are hidden in the coastal dune forest and raised on wooden stilts to ensure no harm comes to the sensitive dune soils. Inspired by Thonga architecture, the rooms have been carefully positioned to guarantee guest privacy. Some rooms offer sea views whilst others are set within the dune forest. All have private balconies. Luxuriously decorated, the rooms exude a romantic ambiance. Bleached wood, glass and natural materials have been wisely used to create an open, airy feel. The en-suite rooms have a bathroom with bath, shower and twin vanity. Every suite has air-conditioning.
The dining area at Thonga Beach Lodge - a large thatched â€˜rondavelâ€™ - opens on to an expansive wooden deck, where guests can enjoy Maputulandâ€™s sultry weather and the lodgeâ€™s sumptuous meals. Most meals will be served al fresco, or, guests can head for the beach and dine by candlelight on the shores of the Indian Ocean.
|Rate||Description||Start Date||End Date|
|ZAR 2440 - 2800||Sea view rooms, per person per night||1 Sep 2009||30 April 2011|
|ZAR 2150 - 2475||Standard rooms, per person per night|
Daily tariffs are per person per night sharing and are fully inclusive of accommodation, 3 meals per day, teas/coffees, use of snorkelling equipment, guided walks, kayaking and sundowners at Lake Sibaya.
Rates exclude extras, other activities, Isimangaliso Wetland Park entry fees & transfers to and from the lodge.
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