Thonga Beach Lodge

Thonga Beach Lodge

Thonga Beach Lodge

From ZAR 3626 per person sharing per night

South Africa's most pristine wilderness beach lodge awaits you on the azure shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Situated deep in this wilderness of white beaches, blazing corals and freshwater lakes lies South Africa's premier beach destination. Every now and again something special comes along... We welcome you to our 24-bed luxury lodge, where nature is our sanctuary and our purpose is to preserve it.

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The 12 thatched eco-sensitive rooms, with ocean or forest views, boast an earthy elegance, and are positioned to afford maximum privacy and minimal environmental impact. Thonga Beach Lodge is the ideal place to connect with one of Africa’s last pristine wilderness beaches and rediscover your place in it.

Deluxe Ocean View Room

Deluxe room with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean with private plunge pool and deck. Rate excludes levies

Deluxe Ocean View Family Room

Luxury family room with private plunge pool, sweeping ocean views, separate childrens room with own en-suite bathroom and linked by an open passageway. Childrens room not airconditioned. Rate excludes levies

Double Ocean View Room

These rooms offer views of the Indian Ocean to be taken in from a large open plan bedroom (king or twin), which opens onto a secluded balcony. All rooms have a bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and toilet, air conditioning, overhead fans, mini bars, tea and coffee making facilities, safe and hair dryers.

Twin Forest Room

Nestled in the ecologically sensitive coastal dune forest, you can’t help feeling intimately part of nature, as you look out onto the indigenous forest that breathes a unique tranquil charm.

Family Forest Room

This family forest room has an additional childrens room with its own bathroom and is linked by an open passageway. Rate excludes levies

Room Amenities: (Certain room types have extra amenities)

  • Air Conditioning
  • Shower
  • Overhead fans
  • Tea + Coffee
  • Safe
  • Double Vanity

The lodge facilities are designed to enhance your experience by complementing the exquisite surrounding wilderness, with comforts of a slightly more modern nature. After a day of adventure in the sand and sea, there’s nothing better than retiring to a little barefoot luxury and a few mod cons.


  • The outdoor dining deck: meals are served al fresco on the deck under the shade of giant milkwood trees.
  • The indoor dining area: buffet breakfasts and luncheons are set out in the dining room. This area is also home to a permanent tea and coffee station with delicious homemade biscuits. The mezzanine level is used when weather isn't conducive to outdoor dining.


  • The bar and bar lounge – a fully stocked bar where delicious cocktails and specialty coffees are served.

Beach deck

  • The beach deck is situated just above the dunes, where you can enjoy ice-cold drinks on wooden loungers overlooking the ocean.

Wi-Fi lounge

  • A comfortable lounge area with a selection of books and board games to keep you entertained.

Swimming pools

  • There is a deep pool used for scuba courses and swimming, and a shallower pool, both complete with umbrellas and cushioned loungers.


  • This comprises of two indoor treatment rooms and a private outdoor treatment area in the forest, which caters for couples’ treatments.

Relaxation area

  • The outdoor relaxing area is under the trees next to the pool on beach sand with comfortable outdoor couches and chairs.

Marine centre

  • The marine centre is fully equipped with SCUBA and snorkeling gear, as well as a TV for educational or kids’ movies (shown on request).

Make your journey all the more memorable when you enjoy close encounters with nature at its best. Thonga Beach Lodge offers its guests an authentic array of exciting experiences, with something for every adventurer, nature-lover and max-relaxer.

Activities in the area:

  • Turtle tracking
  • Bird watching
  • Snorkeling
  • Fishing
  • Scuba diving
  • Sundowners at Lake Sibaya
  • Kayaking on Lake Sibaya
  • Open ocean experiences
  • Spa 

This luxurious lodge, ideally located along the northern KwaZulu-Natal coastline, is set in Isimangaliso World Heritage Park and boasts scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities. Overlooking a secluded bay, Thonga Beach Lodge is nestled in a picturesque dune forest and offers guests a unique retreat. 

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its status as a site of biological wealth and natural beauty.

No other place in South Africa can compete with the exceptional natural beauty and biodiversity of iSimangaliso. The 332,000-hectare park contains three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700-year-old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system and 25,000-year-old vegetated coastal dunes which are among the highest in the world.

Rates Include:

Thonga Rates are inclusive of accommodation, meals, guided snorkeling and use of snorkeling 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.

Extra activities can be booked at an additional cost.

Rates Exclude:

  • 4×4 transfers
  • Park fees 
  • Drinks 
  • Gratuities 
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Children over 18 cannot share room with 2 adults due to size of extra beds
  • Baby Sitters are available. 24 hours notice required

Children's policy:

  • Children sharing with adults 0-3 years: no charge
  • Children sharing with adults 4-12 years: 50% of adult rate
  • Children sharing with adults 12-18 years: 75% of adult rate

Getting to the lodge

A 4x4 vehicle is required to get to Thonga Beach Lodge. We offer twice daily 4x4 transfers from Sodwana Bay Lodge where guests can leave their vehicles in a secure parking area. The 4x4 transfer is approximately one hour. Pickup times are 12h00 or 15h00 and must be pre-booked with our reservations office.


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