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About Thonga Beach Lodge

Set on the pristine shores of the Maputaland coast, this luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of the last unspoiled and undeveloped wilderness beaches left on the African continent. Mabibi is a magical place of tranquil swimming bays and snorkeling reefs, coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer unparalleled snorkeling and fantastic offshore scuba diving.

Nestled in a secluded bay, Mabibi, on the Maputaland coast. Thonga Beach Lodge is situated in the heart of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, an internationally recognized World Heritage Site. It is the first private concession to have been granted by the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park Authority. 25 km North of Sodwana Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The lodge can be reached by 2-wheel drive vehicle until the last one hour, where we have a collection point. Guests are then transferred in open 4x4 vehicles on the forested dune roads to the lodge. There are two collection times from the 2-wheel drive parking: 12h00 or 15h00.

The following activities are available at an additional charge. Please note they are dependent on weather and availability: Scuba Diving, Open Ocean Experience, Turtle Tracking. From November to March, Mabibi Sea Spa offers a wealth of seaweed treatments, facials and massages. Please do contact us for further details on packages.

Safari: We offer an "ocean safari". A beach launch over the breakers into the open sea searching for dolphins, whales, turtles and any other magical marine creatures. Also offers a snorkeling exprience off a local reef.

Beach: Situated right on the pristine beaches of Mabibi. Magnificent snorkelling opportunities at low tide within strolling distance from the lodge. Ocean trips and scuba diving launch available from right infront of the lodge.

Spa: We have a fully equiped spa to cater for you.

Wedding Venues: Perfect beach wedding. Whether just you and your partner or the whole family - the lodge can plan a wedding to suit your barefoot requirements.

Family friendly: Enjoy family time on the beach, exploring the rock pools, fun in the pools as well as introductory courses to Scuba available to children. Beach games as well as board games are available. Child minding available.

Romantic: The soft sand and sounds of the sea provide the most romantic setting in nature. Take romantic walks and a picnic on an endless pristine wilderness beach, ernjoy spa treatments or perhaps dinner overlooking the ocean.

Covid Safety Approved: We adher to the highest levels of sanitisation with approved cleaning products in all areas of the lodge. All areas are sanitized daily as well as any vehicles or activity craft. There are sanitizers available for guests throughout the property.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 19 hours
  • Type: Safari
  • Sleeps: 38
  • Check-in: 12:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • Reviews: 6 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beach
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Vitality Collection
  • Romantic

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Availability and pricing

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  • Twin Forest Room - excludes levies Twin Forest Room - excludes levies Sleeps 3 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 5
    • Rooms Adults
      • Double Ocean View Room - excludes levies Double Ocean View Room - excludes levies Sleeps 3 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 3
        • Rooms Adults
          • Family Forest Room - excludes levies Family Forest Room - excludes levies Sleeps 4 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 2 This family forest room has an additional childrens room with its own bathroom and is linked by an open passageway.... see more Features:  King beds, En-suite, Air-Conditioning, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Safe, Hair Dryer
            • Rooms Adults
              • Deluxe Ocean View Room - excludes levies Deluxe Ocean View Room - excludes levies Sleeps 2 Includes: All Meals
                • Adults
                  • Deluxe Ocean View Family Room - ex levy Deluxe Ocean View Family Room - ex levy Sleeps 4 Includes: All Meals Luxury family room with private plunge pool, sweeping ocean views, separate childrens room with own en-suite bathroom... see more Features:  King beds, En-suite, Air-Conditioning, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Safe, Hair Dryer see more King beds, En-suite, Air-Conditioning, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Safe, Hair Dryer, Three-quarter beds
                    • Adults

                      Reviews for Thonga Beach Lodge

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                      Lisa Marabini, Zimbabwe
                      27 January 2015

                      One of the few places on earth that feels like it's bigger than humanity. A nature lover's paradise. Healthy food. The right level of attention by staff. We will be back.

                      Iris van der Poll, South Africa
                      08 December 2012

                      As a family and as individuals we would like to thank all those who made our stay at Thonga without doubt the most amazing trip ever. The caring and "nothing too much trouble" attitude was wonderful and the activities, scuba diving and of course the turtles. The food and especially with a little 21month old and all attention to our every need without being intrusive made this definitely one of our most memorable trips. Thanks to all of you.

                      Yvonne Ferrreira, South Africa
                      12 November 2012

                      Wonderfull stay! Friendly staff, clean rooms, lovely food. Thank you.

                      Sandy Nicholson, South Africa
                      14 February 2012

                      Thonga Beach Lodge is beautiful. We had the most wonderful stay here and came home feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. The staff were so friendly and the beaches really remote with beautiful dunes and forests to explore. We were blessed to see the turtles and hatchlings which made the trip even more special. Thanks to the Thonga team. We'll be back for sure!

                      Dave King, South Africa
                      11 December 2011

                      If you want to get away from it all, including cell phones and internet, and be in one of the most isolated 5 Star resorts in SA, then Thonga is the place to go. Understated rooms with views of the Indian Ocean, scuba dives launching from the best beach in the country and well-balanced three-course meals with a pretty decent wine list. The staff are ever happy to please. Let me not forget the experience of seeing a loggerhead turtle climb out of the sea, crawl up the beach, dig a hole and lay her eggs in full view of the assembled onlookers. Absolutely amazing. We will be back.

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                      Thonga Beach Lodge is 2.4km from the centre of Mabibi , the nearest airport 158.8km (Maputo International Airport).
                      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling