A romantic seaside retreat
- Twenty-four thatched suites
- Beautiful ocean vistas
- Rejuvenation centre, swimming pool and dining on the beach
- Snorkelling, scuba diving, excursions to Lake Sibaya and birdwatching
- Min 2 nights stay, max 90 days lead time
Thonga Beach Lodge exudes a luxury Robinson Crusoe charm. Set above a private sandy beach and nestled amongst the foliage of a pristine coastal forest, this unique retreat offers guests romanticism, seclusion and undeniable relaxation. Twenty-four spacious thatched suites are hidden in the dune forest and raised on wooden stilts to ensure no harm comes to the sensitive dune ecology. All suites are furnished with a private balcony, ensuite bathroom and air conditioning.
A dining area, which opens onto an expansive wooden veranda, serves sumptuous al fresco meals. Guests can also choose to dine on the beach by candlelight. The comfortable sitting room is the perfect place to unwind after a day at the beach and relaxation comes in the form of an inviting swimming pool, a bar (for exceptional cocktails) and a rejuvenation centre – perfect for pampering. Lodge activities include snorkelling, scuba diving, an open ocean experience to view spectacular marine life, sundowners at Lake Sibaya and birdwatching.
A paradise of warm waters, sun-drenched beaches, eco-wonderlands and cosmopolitan people, KwaZulu Natal (also known as the Zulu Kingdom) is steeped in history, hospitality and adventure. From Durban’s bustling gateway of ports, fine dining and first-class shopping outlets to the historic battlefields where strategists Shaka and Winston Churchill showed their might — this sunny South African region offers the perfect mix for the adventure seeker and discerning traveller. KwaZulu Natal is also renowned for its two World Heritage sites, namely the pristine iSimangaliso (previously known as the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park) is nestled along the Elephant Coast and boasts an amazing 21 different ecological systems and the breathtaking mountainous region of uKhahlamba-Drakensburg Park, which showcases a myriad of San Rock Art and is perfect for avid hikers. Rest assured, whether its dolphin spotting, scuba diving, shopping in traditional markets or relaxing in the comfort of luxury accommodation — KwaZulu Natal has something for all.
Self-Drive directions from King Shaka International Airport (approximately 340 km or 4 hours)
This route has tolls – more info »
- Leaving King Shaka International Airport, head southwest
- Take the 1st left toward Mdloti St
- Turn left onto Mdloti St (Toll road)
- Continue onto M65 (Toll road)
- Keep left at the fork and merge onto N2 (Partial toll road)
- After approximately 229 km, Take the exit toward P453/R22
- Turn right onto P453/R22
- Continue to follow R22
- Go through 3 roundabouts
- At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on R22
- Go through 2 roundabouts
- At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto P447
- Slight left onto D1848 Rd
- After approximately 23.3 km, sharp right onto A1097 Rd
- You will reach Thonga Beach Lodge in approximately 1.1 km
Thonga Beach Lodge
GPS COORDINATES: S27º 19.771 E32º 45.027
Weather & climate
KwaZulu Natal has a subtropical climate with hot, humid and wet summers from September to April and warm to cool and dry winters from May to August. Rainfall averages about 1 000 mm per annum and much of it comes in the form of short, intense afternoon thunderstorms. Rain can be expected throughout the year.
Summer: Daytime temperatures may rise above 35˚C
Winter: Nights rarely drop below 10˚C
The currency is the South African rand.
Visas and documents
Nationals of other African countries often do not require visas for South Africa. Visitors must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of travel and should have two blank pages available in their passport.