Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of Mabibi, on the Maputuland coast in KwaZulu-Natal. This 22-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 Africa’s best snorkelling and fantastic off-shore scuba diving. Thonga Beach Lodge is nestled into a beautiful coastal dune forest with sweeping views of the beach below.
The thatched bush suites have been carefully positioned to guarantee guests complete privacy and were carefully constructed to ensure minimal impact on the environment. The spacious suites are raised on wooden stilts to ensure no harm comes to the sensitive dune soils. Inspired by Thonga architecture, most rooms offer extensive views of the ocean and surrounding bush from private balconies.
Thonga Beach Lodge is situated only metres from the beach and a 10-minute drive from Lake Sibiya (Southern Africa’s largest freshwater lake), which is part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, now internationally recognised as a World Heritage Site. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean make this the ideal spot to snorkel or guests can simply soak up the sun and savour the tranquillity of this pristine, sandy beach. Scuba diving at Mabibi is also phenomenal, with reefs located a short distance from the lodge. To beat the midday heat, guests can take it easy beside the lodge’s swimming pool. The lodge also has a rejuvenation centre where guests can revitalise body, mind and soul.