Fodor's Expert Review Thonga Beach Lodge

Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa Fodor's Choice

Dramatically sited, this lovely beach lodge a stone's throw from the sea has air-conditioned, thatch suites decorated in chic Robinson Crusoe style with wooden floors, reed interior walls, cane and wooden furniture, gorgeous bathrooms with sea views, and personal decks looking out over rolling coastal dunes and the blue Indian Ocean. You'll dine outside on delicious creative food on wooden sea-facing decks or in the cosy restaurant, and you'll be amazed at just how hungry the sea air makes you. A guide will walk along the beach with you to Island Rock, where at low tide, you can float among the rock pools. If you've never snorkeled, then now is your chance. Go for sundowners to Lake Sibaya, South Africa's largest, freshwater lake, and spot slumbering hippos. Take a guided walk around the lodge, or go diving to the pristine reefs offshore.

PROS

  • Robinson Crusoe deluxe
  • turtle tracking
  • spa treatments

CONS

  • difficult to get to
  • so pricey
  • difficult to get to, so pricey
  • expensive
  • booked up frequently

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Views
Casual
Beachfront
Local Flavor
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 035-474–1490 | 035-474–1473-Reservations

HOTEL DETAILS

12 chalets
Rate Includes: All meals

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