Thonga Beach Lodge was the capstone of our three week vacation in South Africa. It is a piece of luxury as far from civilization as you could ever want: nothing around for miles and miles. It's a place to really relax and get away from it all. The lodge organizes daily activities which you sign up for on the whiteboard up to one day in advance: snorkeling, the "ocean experience" (which takes you out in a boat to look for dolphins and whales in season (not in May), turtle viewing in season (not in May unfortunately), kayaking on Lake Sibaya, guided walks through the coastal forest, and the "Sundowner": taking cocktails out to Lake Sibaya to view the sunset. This last was very beautiful. My partner and I took long daily walks on the beach, including one particularly magical walk under the full moon. Every meal was uniformly excellent, and the management makes sure the service is topnotch. If you want to be super active, then this place is probably not for you. We found three days to be just right: much longer, and we would have gotten bored. This lodge is not inexpensive, but you get what you pay for, and it was worth the cost.
By the way, we loved all the butterflies! They were as colorful on land as the fish were underwater!More
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