Standing only a few metres away from a secluded beach on Maputaland’s Elephant Coast, Thonga Beach Lodge offers its guests one of the most exclusive seaside experiences in KwaZulu-Natal.
From its dune-top perch, this 24-bed luxury lodge boasts spectacular views of both the Indian Ocean and the lush forest from any of its rooms’ private balconies. The azure waters below boast pristine coral reefs and about 1,250 species of fish – making it one of the world’s best sites for snorkelling and scuba diving. Depending on the time of year, you’ll even have the chance to swim with dolphins or see turtles laying their eggs. Nearby Lake Sibaya (in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park) is a stellar spot for kayaking and the area’s status as a World Heritage Site means there are plenty crocodiles and hippos.
Back at the lodge, comfort awaits. Each Thatched Suite is elevated on wooden stilts, protecting the soil and enhancing the view. Suites are equipped with WiFi, air conditioning, mosquito nets and a hairdryer. And best of all? Guests are treated to fresh-from-the-ocean seafood every single day.