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Thonga Beach Lodge & Rhino Walking Safaris

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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 South Africa’s best snorkelling and fantastic off-shore scuba diving.

Set above a secluded bay, Thonga Beach Lodge is nestled into 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 the South Africa.
Thonga Beach Lodge is situated only metres from the beach and a 25 minute drive from Lake Sibaya (Southern Africa’s largest freshwater lake), which is part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, now internationally recognised as a World Heritage Site.
Plains Camp has four, luxury African explorer-style tents overlooking the spectacular Timbitene plain and waterhole. The camp is built in authentic pioneer tradition and is raised on wooden decks. Stylishly decorated, the 4 tent - 8-bed camp offers the tranquility of a 19th century naturalist’s retreat. An Africana book collection and antique treasures are reminiscent of a golden era.
In keeping with the ethics of Rhino Walking Safaris “tread lightly on the land”, no trees were cut down in the construction of this camp. No concrete was used – all structures are canvas and wood. This camp was specifically designed for low energy consumption and makes use of generators for its power needs.
Plains Camp is the ideal place for your Rhino Walking Safari. The camp is in the middle of a 12,000 ha private wilderness concession, where it seems the rest of the world no longer exists, and guests are ensured of superb game sightings. 
A typical day at Plains Camp begins with a mug of steaming coffee and traditional homemade rusks, after which guests set out on their morning walk, following rhino tracks and elephant paths. The length of the walks depend on the interest and fitness of the guests. Returning to camp, enjoy a leisurely brunch and relax in the cool of the acacia trees, keeping an eye on the waterhole for the breeding herd of elephant that frequently come to drink. Following high tea, set out again in the late afternoon for a walking safari or game drive and then indulge in a sunset cocktail.

Standard Inclusions
  • Thonga rates are fully inclusive of accommodation
  • All meals, teas & coffees
  • Use of snorkelling equipment
  • Guided walks
  • Kayaking
  • Sundowners at Lake Sibaya
  • Cultural tours
  • Plains Camp rates are fully inclusive of  luxury tented accommodation
  • All meals
  • Cold drinks, house wine and beers
  • Teas & coffees
  • Safari activities - 1 morning walk, 1 afternoon drive/walk combo
  • 12000 ha private wilderness concession; Walking safaris;
  • Track rhino
  • Track elephant and other wildlife
  • Sunset cocktails over-looking a watering hole
  • Luxury African explorer-style tents
  • Swimming pool over looking a water hole
  • Authentic pioneer tradition
  • Camp is raised on wooden decks
  • Offers the tranquility of a 19th century naturalist’s retreat
  • Reminiscent of a golden era
  • All structures are canvas and wood
  • Low energy consumption

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Thonga Beach Lodge ( & Rhino Walking Safari
R2845 p.p. sharing per night -
May to August 2014 No charge on first 2 rooms (per booking) for single supplement.

Pay 6/Stay 8 (4 nights at each lodge)
R15363 p.p. (R17070 p.p. value -
May and June, 2014

Make any package a Honeymoon Special
R545 upgrade (valid until August 2014) -
Includes sparkling wine and (where possible) additional private dinners. At the Thonga Beach Lodge includes: a private pool or deck dinner, a private picnic lunch in the dunes, and a back and shoulder massage per person, and at Rhino Walking Safaris includes a private dinner on the balcony overlooking the river and a memorable gift.

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