This place is like Mozambique with waves, and amazing food. The beach is great with a nice little rock pool which they call Hulley point. You can snorkel at Hulley point at low tide and the fish there are pretty good but not amazing. We saw octopus, and one of the other guys saw a turtle in the rock pool, which was pretty cool. The water is just so blue that I could have floated there the whole day. Apparently the rock pool is sanded up so the snorkeling is not as good as a few years ago. There is no other place like this in SA.
The highlight for us was the turtle tour. The turtles start laying eggs at the start of November and seems like they continue to the end of Jan. The eggs start hatching towards the end of Jan so if you go between November and Mid March you will see either laying or hatching. It is one of the best acts of nature I have witnessed and the guide (Ash) was so very knowledgeable. It made the whole experience enjoyable and felt professional.
When we were there we went out on the boat and swam with a couple of turtles. It was pretty cool. The water is very clear and warm. Some of the other guests managed to swim with dolphins on their trip and they saw ragged tooth sharks. From chatting to the crew at the dive/marine centre, it seems like sometimes they can't launch and they look for different things at different times, so don't expect to see turtles dolphins sharks whales sharks and all the other things in the other reviews in one trip. The turtles seem to be a guarantee Nov to Feb.
The food is amazing, it is the highlight of the lodging and accom. Each day they do high tea and the chef bakes a cake. These cakes are pretty awesome. Lunch is salads and cold meats, dinner is a choice of two starters and two mains and dessert. The service for me was average, but the food was so good that it did not matter.
There is a wireless room where you can get internet, but otherwise there is no TV and no cellphone reception. It really is relaxing. We heard that lake sibaya was 25 minutes drive away so we were thinking of taking a 4x4 but it is not needed. Once you get to the resort you won't need a car. Even if you had one, you would not be able to use it, the roads are more like paths and there was no where worth driving.
The rooms are lovely and big, with massive beds. considering the close proximity to the sea (150m), everything is excellently maintained. Don't expect a sea view , the forest is very thick, and although you can see the sea through the trees, it's unlikely that you will get a good sea view like the picture .
In summary this resort is a great place to get away from it all and relax totally. No car no cellphone no TV and plenty to keep you busy. The turtle experience made it totally unique.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This intimate, luxury lodge is nestled on the pristine coast of Northern KwaZulu-Natal, within the Isimangaliso World Heritage Park. Its clear, warm waters offer superb snorkeling and unspoiled off-shore scuba diving, arguably the best in South Africa. Air conditioned suites, mouth-watering cuisine, romantic candlelight dinners on the beach and relaxing Sea Spa treatments. Guided forest walks, kayaking, sundowners and seasonal turtle tracking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thonga Beach Hotel Mabibi
- Thonga Beach Lodge South Africa/KwaZulu-Natal