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Thonga Beach Lodge

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#1 of 1 lodge in iSimangaliso Wetland Park
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This intimate, luxury lodge is nestled on the pristine coast of Northern KwaZulu-Natal, within the Isimangaliso World Heritage Park. Its clear, warm waters offer superb snorkeling and unspoiled off-shore scuba diving, arguably the best in South Africa. Air conditioned suites, mouth-watering cuisine, romantic candlelight dinners on the beach and relaxing Sea Spa treatments. Guided forest walks, kayaking, sundowners and seasonal turtle tracking.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Public wifi
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Canoeing
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Diving
Snorkelling
Board games / puzzles
Spa
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Private beach
Desk
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Minibar
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Languages Spoken
English, Zulu

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Mabibi, iSimangaliso Wetland Park 4399 South Africa
Thonga Beach Lodge
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Connector26143748806 wrote a review Feb 2024
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We had the most incredible time at this little piece of paradise! I was blown away by the untouched, breathtaking beauty of the area. Thonga is a haven of serenity and luxury that captivates you from the moment you arrive. The staff, food, suites and attention to detail were fantastic. They offer so many excursions and experiences. We were so blessed to experience the fascinating turtle hatchlings making their way to the ocean which is a memory that I will cherish forever. Thonga is a true hidden gem and I will definitely return.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Dear Connector26143748806, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this really lovely review on Thonga Beach Lodge. We are so delighted that you had such a wonderful experience in our little piece of paradise. We look forward to welcoming you back. Kind regards Yolande Hay-Buchanan for Isibindi Africa Lodges
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Escape61317255409 wrote a review Feb 2024
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Thonga Beach Lodge is a treat for the senses. Incredible location, food and the lodge, impeccable. The turtle hatching was a bucket list experience for us. Thank you to the attentive Thonga team, for looking after our every need. We hope to see a turtle laying on our next visit.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: Take advantage of the optional tours on offer, it is a pristine area and unique.
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Dear Escape61317255409, Thank you for this wonderful review on Thonga Beach Lodge. We are thrilled that you enjoyed such an excellent experience with us, and look forward to welcoming you back to witness the turtle nesting. Kind regards Yolande Hay-Buchanan for Isibindi Africa Lodges
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karen g wrote a review Feb 2024
Palo Alto, California, USA5 contributions1 helpful vote
Thonga Beach Lodge is beautiful; a small group of individual rooms right next to the beach. It's environmentally conscious and very close to the UNESCO park and turtle nests. The food, drink and customer service is excellent. We spent 4 very special days there just enjoying the surroundings, walking the incredible beach and exploring the various activities, of which seeing turtles was a highlight.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Dear 892kareng892, Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review on Thonga Beach Lodge. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with and took away great memories with us. Kind regards Yolande Hay-Buchanan for Isibindi Africa Lodges
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aj wrote a review Jan 2024
Gloucester, United Kingdom1 contribution
Have just returned from a once in a lifetime holiday at Thonga Beach after a few friends had visited and recommended it. The arrival and setting is spectacular we loved the modern look and feel, specially the wheeled out cool ice cream cart after lunch.The staff are all from the local community and are delightful. We are foodies and thoroughly enjoyed the light and colourful choices perfect for a beach destination, well done are planning our next visit.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Nice shells collected walking north on the beach
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Responded 25 Jan 2024
Dear Odyssey57195651575, Thank you for taking the time to write this fabulous review on Thonga Beach Lodge. We are totally delighted that you enjoyed such a once in a lifetime experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. With kind regards Yolande Hay-Buchanan for Isibindi Africa Lodges
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S J wrote a review Jan 2024
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Having traveled extensively and stayed in various accommodations, the quality of the rooms at your lodge did not meet our expectations, especially considering our previous stays in South Africa's 4 to 5-star establishments. The cost incurred far exceeded the level of comfort and quality we anticipated. The outdated decor, terrible smell , worn-out bathroom, exceptionally dirty windows in the toilet, old grey bedding, and old grey towels with frayed edges were disheartening. The bedding felt uncomfortably hard, and the towels did not convey a sense of freshness. The overall ambiance of the room was far from relaxing, and the balcony, which was dull and dark with basic plastic chairs and insufficient space, did not provide a conducive environment for unwinding. This starkly contrasted with the vibrant and new images displayed on your website, leading to a sense of disillusionment upon our arrival. While the staff deserves commendation for being delightful and helpful throughout our stay, the accommodation fell short of our expectations, significantly impacting our overall experience. We believe that a more accurate representation of the rooms on your website would have allowed us to make an informed decision about our stay. Regarding the meals, we understand the challenges of remote locations affecting food delivery. However, the quality of the meals did not meet our expectations, especially when compared to our positive experience at Rhino Ridge. Despite our efforts to coordinate dates to experience Thonga Beach, as reflected in our correspondence with Kerin, the subpar accommodation overshadowed our intentions, leaving us with an overall unhappy experience. i cant upload photos as yet due to a pc h=issue but will do indue course.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: the rooms are dull and poor and food not so great.
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Responded 25 Jan 2024
Dear francisj882, Thank you for taking the time to write this comprehensive review on Thonga Beach Lodge. We are most disappointed to hear that your stay with us did not live up to your expectations. We have thoroughly investigated your comments and communicated extensively with you via email. We have also taken into account very positive feedback from other guests with you in camp at the time. Hopefully you understand that we are not able to offer you a refund. We remain deeply proud of our staff, our Lodge and the communities we support in the area. Wishing you happy travels in the future. Kind regards Yolande Hay-Buchanan for Isibindi Africa Lodges
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GarethJoanne wrote a review Dec 2023
Surrey, United Kingdom31 contributions4 helpful votes
My fiancée and I recently had the great pleasure at staying at the Thonga beach resort. The lodge is a hidden gem of SA and definitely worth the journey. The hotel and its accommodation is of a high standard and the team are very friendly and hospitable. Whilst relaxing was our key priority the lodge offers a great number of activities. We were very fortunate to see hippos at Lake Sibaya and the snorkelling provided great under water viewing. The food was prepared freshly every day and the bar has an extensive wine list. Big thank you to Megan, Guguletho, Scuba hut, Godfrey and the wider team for making our stay so special!
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 18 Dec 2023
Dear GarethJoanne, Thanki you for this fabulous review on Thonga Beach Lodge. We are delighted that you so enjoyed your experience in our little piece of paradise. We hope you will maybe return for your honeymoon or perhaps future anniversaries! With kind regards Yolande Hay-Buchanan for Isibindi Africa Lodges
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ebisch269569 wrote a review Dec 2023
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Our confirmed room (clearly Nr. 8) was occupied at our arrival on 2023-11-25. They tried to give as room 5 which is not really comparable. Everyone who has the choice will take room 8. We had to discuss for approx. three hours to find a solution. During that time they offered us drinks that we had to pay at departure. The system is very intransparent und not honest. We were told that room 8 is occupied by a family but it was a couple who spoke our language. We could not find out who did the mistake. Reservation team at Isibindi is very unfriendly and arrogant. It seems to be easy to be unfriendly if you are far away and not at the lodge looking into the guests eyes. We think that they were not able to manage 12 rooms. Shame on this team. It was not our first stay at the lodge. The rooms in the lodge and furniture in public spaces has been updated very well. WiFi is available now. The team at the lodge ist very friendly and helpful. They did all to give us best hospitality.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded 18 Dec 2023
Dear ebisch269569, Many thanks for taking the time to write your review on Thonga Beach Lodge. We are delighted that overall you had a wonderful stay and enjoyed our refurbishments and team. Your room change was an oversight on our part and our team have made every effort to make this up to you. Both rooms are considered to be the same room type, with the one accommodating families. However we note you did book the family unit. We have taken your disappointment seriously and can assure you that this will not happen again. We are happy that we managed to extend your stay and you enjoyed your requested room for further nights. Wishing you many happy travels further and hope to welcome you back to Thonga Beach Lodge in the not too distant future. With kind regards Yolande Hay-Buchanan For Isibindi Africa Lodges
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jjones702458 wrote a review Oct 2023
Zurich, Switzerland1 contribution
Very beautiful resort. Beautiful empty beach. Staff and food are excellent. We will come back again. Great to see whales and lot’s of other animals. The rooms are very nice and comfortable. We slept very well
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 14 Nov 2023
Dear jjones702458, Thank you so much for this wonderful review on Thonga Beach Lodge. We are so thrilled that you had such a great experience with us, and we look forward to welcoming you back. Kind regards Yolande Hay-Buchanan for Isibindi Africa Lodges
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Tim K wrote a review Aug 2023
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A phenomenal location matched with fantastic service, provided by professional, friendly staff. The sound of the waves on the beach provide a soundtrack to a relaxing atmosphere but amenities and excursions allow you to be as active as you wish. The Ocean Experience with Mark was absolutely brilliant and exhilarating. So much so, we had to do it twice while there. The deserted beach at this time of the year really added to the experience and gave ample opportunity to truly switch off and embrace nature. Will have to return as we have yet to experience anywhere like this before. Our 16 & 14 Yr olds also want to return!
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Not ideal for young children
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Responded 29 Aug 2023
Dear Tim K, Thank you for this fabulous review on Thonga Beach Lodge. We are totally delighted that you had such a wonderfully relaxed and also exhilirating experience with us. That Ocean Experience is fabulous - we hope you spotted whales! We look forward to welcoming you and your family back again soon. Kind regards Yolande Hay-Buchanan for Isibindi Africa Lodges
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Jacqueline wrote a review Aug 2023
Chicago, Illinois12 contributions2 helpful votes
This property feels like one of the last hidden gems! It is beautifully designed and elegantly rustic with a team that is incredibly warm and welcoming - highly recommend it as a post-safari beach stop or just on its own! Miles of unspoiled beach and ocean to explore plus great food (they can cater well for vegans/vegetarians if that applies to you) and a wonderful spa as well. We didn't want to leave!
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 21 Aug 2023
Dear 200jacquelinez, Thank you for taking the time to write this fabulous review on Thonga Beach Lodge. We are totally thrilled that you had such a wonderful stay with us - do come back again one day. Kind regards Yolande Hay-Buchanan for Isibindi Africa Lodges
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PRICE RANGE
R 10,725 - R 13,781 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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thonga beach hotel mabibi
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NataliSimangaliso Wetland Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Thonga Beach Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Thonga Beach Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Rocktail Bay (7.3 km), Lake Sibayi (1.8 km), and Mabibi Beach (2.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Thonga Beach Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Thonga Beach Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Thonga Beach Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Thonga Beach Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Thonga Beach Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Thonga Beach Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Thonga Beach Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Thonga Beach Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Zulu.
Does Thonga Beach Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the bay view available here.