Thonga Beach Lodge

Why you'll love it here

  • Explore the pristine beach and marine wilderness sanctuary on South Africa’s first World Heritage site
  • Stay in thatched eco-sensitive rooms, some with private plunge pools
  • Submerge into a world of colour with several reefs located near the Lodge
  • Enjoy a perfect sundowner on Lake Sibaya, just 6 km away

Best For

  • Honeymoon, Family,


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This luxury lodge is nestled on the pristine coast of Northern KwaZulu-Natal, in a picturesque dune forest within the Isimangaliso World Heritage Park, a World Heritage Site. Separated from the rest of the world by long, sandy roads, it exists in complete isolation. In true KwaZulu-Natal style, the lodge resort presents in a string of Zulu thatched boma huts with eco interiors. The elegant rooms are adorned by the same welcoming tones, greeting couples and families with ocean or forest views.

Nearby, the warm waters coax you in for sessions of snorkelling and scuba diving, along with other sea bound adventures. For a slower pace, candlelight dining and soothing spa treatments are also available, both using ingredients and techniques inspired and informed by the natural surroundings. Spend the rest of your sunlit days enjoing guided forest walks, sundowner cruises to spot dolphins and whales, and seasonal turtle tracking.

Choose from 12 thatched rooms, set apart from each other for complete, undisturbed seclusion. Each room carries an earthy elegance, and an eco-friendly approach to living out of respect for the surrounding greenery.

Ocean View Room

Ocean View Room

Designed for two, this room is the pinnacle of modern luxury, offering a large open plan bedroom and a bathroom with double vanity and a separate shower. The bedroom opens onto a secluded balcony, where you’ll find spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.
Forest View Room

Forest View Room

Nestled in the forest, this room is fit for two seeking elegance and charm. Enjoy an open plan bedroom and a modern bathroom with a double vanity and a separate shower. The balcony reveals mesmerising views of the surrounding greenery.
Deluxe Ocean View Family Room

Deluxe Ocean View Family Room

There’s just one of these stunning family rooms available, cast away from the other accommodations in complete seclusion. Awaiting in the peace and quiet, you’ll find two bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom, an expansive deck and a private plunge pool. From the deck you can see the ebb and flow of the Indian Ocean.
Forest View Family Room

Forest View Family Room

There are two of these rooms available to families, featuring two bedrooms that are connected by a short inter-leading passage. Together, enjoy en-suite bathrooms, and a private balcony that gazes out over the indigenous bush.
Deluxe Ocean View Honeymoon Suite

Deluxe Ocean View Honeymoon Suite

Shrouded in the lush forest, this suite is an extremely romantic setting for honeymooners. Enjoy a spacious open plan bedroom, and a bathroom with a bath and an indoor and oudoor shower with sea views. Outside, you’ll find a private plunge pool on an elevated deck with views of the breakers.

Wildlife Experiences

If you visit in November to February, you can catch the circle of life in full flow with some turtle tracking. Watch mother turtles arise from the sea, head to the beach, and then lay their eggs. From June to September, you can see whales stalking the seas.


Active travellers will love the opportunities at sea, including scuba diving and snorkelling, or kayaking on Lake Sibaya. You can also take part in an incredible ocean safari, taking to the waves in search of dolphins and whales, and soaking up the views. If you’re there at the right time, you might see bottlenose or spinner dolphins, manta rays, and giant sea turtles.

Off the Grid

Residing in the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, the lodge offers plenty of opportunities to ensure you can make the most of it. The guided forest walk takes you through coastal forests, unspoiled sandy beaches, and grasslands. There are many of endemic species in the area to admire, including over 440 bird species, 2,200 ?owering plants, 282 butter?y and 228 spider species.

For something more relaxing, head to the spa, an oasis for the senses that also owes much of its excellence to the surrounding nature. You can indulge in facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, hot stone therapy and reflexology, all of which are inspired by the energy of the sea.

To venture further afield, join a cultural tour of iSimangalisa, home to the Tsonga people. Explore a local homestead, school and clinic so that you can experience how the Tsonga people go about their day-to-day lives.

Thonga Beach Lodge, nestled in remote and ecologically significant locations, places a strong emphasis on sustainability, reflecting the values of the Isibindi brand. The lodge understands the vital interdependence of social, economic, and environmental factors in these pristine areas.

Chef Carl Moller Carl, the culinary maestro at Thonga Beach Lodge, is a staunch advocate for sustainable practices. His food philosophy aligns closely with the overarching commitment to responsible tourism, ensuring that every aspect of the lodge's operation contributes to environmental stewardship. By selecting ethical suppliers and locally sourced ingredients, such as GMO-free stone-ground flour from the Drakensberg foothills, fresh fish from the East Coast, Indezi River Cheese, and Hluhluwe dried pineapple, he not only creates a delectable dining experience but also supports the community and promotes responsible sourcing practices.

Thonga Beach Lodge's location is crucial for the protection of sea turtles. The lodge is privileged to have nesting sites for two magnificent turtle species, the leatherback and loggerhead turtles, right in front of its premises. By taking an active role in safeguarding these creatures, the lodge contributes to the preservation of these iconic species and the overall ecological balance of the region.

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