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4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   in Isimangaliso World Heritage Wetland Park | Mabibi, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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Worcestershire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Property: Thonga Beach Lodge Location: Mabibi Stay duration: Only three nights I am afraid! Tour Provider: TailorMadeSafaris.co.za Other places stayed on this trip: Parkers Cottages St Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Leopard Mountain, Ithala Game Reserve and Tembe Elephant Park Firstly I do have to apologize to the Thonga BL team for the the lateness of this review. Ours was an... More

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IsibindiAfrica, General Manager at Thonga Beach Lodge, responded to this review

We are delighted to hear that you and your family had such a wonderful stay with us once again! Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of your stay. We appreciate each and every bit of feedback from our guests. Thonga's remoteness certainly can present it's challenges at times but we are slightly bias of... More

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As others have remarked, Thonga Beach Lodge is remote - but that is what makes it so special as you have miles of sweeping sandy beaches and dunes all to yourself. We didn't go at turtle time, but we did see whales (in September). In one of South Africa's unique habitats - coastal forest - Thonga is an exclusive and... More

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IsibindiAfrica, General Manager at Thonga Beach Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words! We are always so thrilled when our guests leave us with the only regret being that they did not stay longer! Hope to see you again one day! The Thonga Team! More

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only negative was the smoking policy which allowed smoking int he bar area. this is very central and effectively meant non-smokers were relegated to their room or the dining area. Staff and meals were wonderful

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IsibindiAfrica, Public Relations Manager at Thonga Beach Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Andrew - thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay at Thonga. We are so sorry that you were inconvenienced by the smokers. We have set up a special "smoking table" well away from the public areas and are in the process of getting the non smoking signs printed for the Bar area. Thank... More

Salzburg, Austria
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we stayed at Thonga for 3 nights and should have stayed for 3 weeks, what a marvelous environment with great rooms, views, staff, excellent food and so quiet and relaxed. The 'ocean experience' was an exciting adventure with whales and dolphins. A must see in South Africa. Thanks to the Thonga team for this experience!

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Herndon, Virginia
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My time at Thonga Beach Lodge was amazing. This hotel is in a beautiful location and the staff are accommodating and responsive. While it is remote and the trip is long, sandy and bumpy, the "prize" for that trip is beyond compare. I was in room 9 with a great view of the Indian Ocean from each room...even from the... More

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Storrington, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Thonga is a unique and unforgettable holiday destination. Situated 30km down an unmade road without mobile signal or mains electricity or water, it is perhaps the most remote location we have ever had the good fortune to visit. We left our car at the designated parking area and set out for Thonga in the resort’s own four wheel drive. The... More

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Buckinghamshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Thonga Beach was our final stop after 2 weeks in Zambia and South Africa. We arrived after an amazing 4 nights at Phinda Lodge and after the road transfer from Coastal Cashews, we were met and greeted by Wayne who took us on a brief tour of the Lodge area and then to our room (I definitely recommend room 5,... More

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New York City, New York
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We stayed at Thonga after a safari at Phinda and it was an easy and ideal next stop. The transfer took less than 2 hours and took us us to one of the most spectacular and pristine beaches. There is nothing else around and you have the sand and surf to yourselves. We traveled with a guide and surfbaords and... More

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Sandton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

From the moment we arrived to our reluctant departure we experienced nothing but a sense of sublime well being. The rooms are simply but tastefully decorated and very comfortable. The staff - where do I begin... cheerful, friendly, welcoming, full of passion about their environment, their lodge and their jobs, we felt as if we were staying with close friends!... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Thonga really is a 5* luxury barefoot beach escape. The food was excellent (thank you Carl) often with great seafood options, usually served outdoors on the decking and the staff were friendly, fun and efficient. We very quickly settled into the lodge's relaxed atmosphere and enjoyed 6 nights of pampering. The beach is the quietest we have ever visited with... More

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Address: in Isimangaliso World Heritage Wetland Park | Mabibi, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Thonga Beach Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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Thonga Beach Lodge KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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