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Thonga Beach Lodge
Why we like it
- Set on the pristine coastline of Maputuland
- Experience coastal forest, grasslands, lakes and exquisite sandy beaches
- Careful constructed to ensure minimal impact on the environment
- Simple stylish with the views of the Indian Ocean being the main focal point
The staff are friendly and attentive
Enjoy a morning guided kayak trip on Lake Sibiya with incredible sights of hippos and crocodiles in their natural habitat.
Joanne Swinton dealt with us and our holiday with endless good humour and patience. Her suggestions were perfect and we all had a magical time. She really knew her "stuff". She even organised a car and driver for our first full day in Dar es Salaam which was a kindness beyond any duty. She arranged for our unaccompanied children to be chaperoned through all the airports, and for my husband and me to be taken care of too.
- BM, Inverness
With twelve individual thatched cottages this luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of the most unspoilt wilderness beaches left on the African continent. Mabibi is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Facilities at the lodge include a small pool and a marine spa offering beauty treatments and massages. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer unparalleled snorkelling and fantastic off-shore scuba diving. The cottages are scattered through the forest with views of the forest or the Indian Ocean. Thonga Beach Lodge is situated only metres from the beach and a 25 minute drive from Lake Sibiya (South Africa's largest freshwater lake), which is part of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, now internationally recognised as a World Heritage Site.
Best time to be there
October to May is the best time to visit the Cape. Game viewing is better during the drier months of April to September. The wildflower season is generally from mid August to mid September. The whale watching season runs from June to November.
11 hours 30 minutes/10 hours 30 minutes non-stop
GMT +2 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate if arriving or in transit for more than 12 hours from an endemic area.
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