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Nestled between the white sandy dunes and tangled forest of the Elephant Coast, Thonga Beach lodge is an off-the-beaten-track, escapists dream. Located in one of South Africa’s first UNESCO World Heritage Sites, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, this camp offers an exclusive seaside experience that rivals those of Mauritius and other seaside resorts.
The 12 thatched suites are perched on the edge of a lush forest and some of them have views over the spectacular Indian Ocean. Wooden walkways link the main building to the exclusive white, sandy beach where you can find unspoiled corral reefs and over 1000 species of fish. This makes is one of the world’s best sites for snorkelling and scuba diving.
At certain times of year, there is the opportunity to swim with dolphins and view both leatherback and loggerhead turtles nesting. A few kilometres away, Lake Sibaya hosts plenty of crocodile and hippo.
Thonga Beach Lodge offers great option for all those looking to be a recluse for a week, including those with families in tow.
The thatched rondavel-styled suites are all en-suite, featuring stone showers and double vanities. Raised on wooden stilts to ensure minimal environmental impact, they also offer a private balcony with views towards the ocean or into the vibrant forest.
The Deluxe Ocean View suite includes a private plunge pool, which is perfect for families and honeymooners, and there are also two Forest View suites which can accommodate families.
Two swimming pools are tucked away into the greenery, with one deeper one used for cuba courses and swimming, and a shallower pool for having a dip.
The main lodge is spacious with both a lounge and dining area and has an outdoor deck under the shade of some giant milkwood trees. There is also a spa where you can receive some relaxing treatments.
Facilities include WiFi lounge, swimming pool, indoor and outdoor dining areas and spa.
Meals are served indoors or al-fresco at the main lodge and have a huge selection of locally sourced and traditional dishes.
This eco-sensitive lodge has a small overall footprint which impacts minimally on the surrounding wilderness. In addition, the lodge supports a number of community and conservation-orientated programmes in the area and concentrates on employing local staff.
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