Eco-friendly Accommodation Mabibi – KwaZulu-Natal; Elephant Coast | Beach Lodge, Coastal, Eco Lodge, Family-friendly, Nature Reserve, Romantic, Weddings & Events.

From R3520 per person sharing *Incl. meals & activities *Seasonal

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Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of the Maputuland coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This 24-bed 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. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer great snorkelling and off-shore scuba diving where you may even get to experience turtles laying eggs, whale sharks, swimming with dolphins and other sea animals indigenous to this stretch of coast.

The Lodge is situated only metres from the beach and is a 25 minute drive from Lake Sibaya which is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, internationally recognised as a World Heritage Site.


Set above a secluded bay, Thonga Beach Lodge is nestled into a beautiful coastal dune forest with sweeping views of the stunning beach below. The thatched bush suites provide guest privacy and were carefully constructed to ensure minimal impact on the environment. The lodge offers luxurious accommodation, mouth-watering meals and one of the best dive sites in South Africa.

Please note this is a low-risk malaria area and there is no cellphone reception.

Amenities: Overhead fans, Air conditioning, 24 hour lighting, Recharge batteries, Electricity, Mosquito nets, Hairdryer, Safe at reception.

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Rates include: Accommodation, meals, teas & coffees, use of snorkelling equipment, guided walks, kayaking and sundowners at Lake Sibaya, cultural tours to Mabibi Community. Each guest is entitled to 1 of the following on a sundowner excursion at Lake Sibaya, glass of wine, local beer, cider or soft drink.

Things To Do: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Open ocean experience, Lake Sibaya, Bird watching, Guided walks, Turtle tracking, Fishing, Thonga cultural experience.


Green Cleaning
Local & Organic
Responsible Body Products
Water Wise Practices
Sustainable Energy Acumen
Eco Architecture
Community Upliftment
Fair Trade Tourism Practices

Thonga Beach Lodge is situated in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park which is a protected nature reserve; world heritage site and the third largest conservation area in Africa. As one of a handful of public-private partnerships within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Isibindi Africa, in partnership with the Mabibi Community had the opportunity to develop an environmentally sensitive lodge to complement the striking coastline with its unparalleled diversity of natural treasures.

The local community, through the Mabibi Community Trust, owns a 68% share in Thonga Beach Lodge. During the building of the lodge, all labour was sourced from the Mabibi community and, wherever possible, construction materials were purchased from local enterprises. The lodge has created employment for 30 community members.

The utmost care was taken during construction of the lodge to ensure the least possible impact was made on the vegetation and dunes, as well as ensuring that all lights are shielded from the beach so as not to disorientate turtle hatchlings.

Thonga Beach Lodge generate their own power, and switch generators off overnight to reduce emissions.

The Lodge also supports Turtle Tracking and other vital marine research within this protected marine sanctuary.

All waste is sorted; and glass, metal and paper are recycled and organic matter is composted.

They are conscientious about using cruelty-free, natural body products and environmentally-friendly cleaning products; and predominantly use organic ingredients that have been sourced locally in their cuisine.

Thonga Beach Lodge is also involved in numerous community projects. The Lodge also forms part of Isibindi Africa Lodges, along with Rhino Post Safari Lodge; Rhino Walking Safaris; Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge; Isibindi Zulu Lodge and Kosi Forest.

To date, Isibindi Africa Lodges has contributed to and initiated numerous upliftment projects. It has also developed numerous small ecotourist lodges in pristine areas of South Africa.


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Opening Hours















Check in: 12:00 ; Check out: 10:00


Our Address:

Mabibi Beach, Elephant Coast, Mabibi Camp, South Africa

Our Useful Features & Services

Intermittent WiFi

No cellphone reception