Situated between the Kruger National Park and the Zululand Coast - the same Africa, a different world!
For those seeking a little adventure, there is the magnificent Maputaland coast to explore and fishing is available on Pongolapoort Dam. The Zululand Battlefields are in close proximity and there are many sites of historical importance to visit. The Reserve is located on land that once formed part of the 'Boer Republic', created when the pioneer leader, Piet Retief, bought the land from Dingaan, half- brother of the great Zulu King, Shaka.
You are invited to stay with us and enjoy our beautiful Falls Lodge or base your safari at our Tented Lodge (situated near to a tributary of the Mkuze River). Experience the unique richness that this peaceful part of Africa has to offer.
It is a place of pure tastes and simple delights, celebrating the thrill of nature.
This intimate, luxury 24 bed lodge is nestled on the pristine coast of Maputaland, Northern KwaZulu Natal, within the Isimangaliso World Heritage Park (formerly Greater St Lucia Wetland Park) an internationally recognized World Heritage Site. It’s the ideal place to explore unspoilt, wilderness beaches. Thonga Beach Lodge is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer superb snorkelling and unspoilt off-shore scuba diving, arguably the best in South Africa.
Set above a private, sandy beach and nestled into magnificent coastal dune forest, Thonga Beach Lodge captures the essence of a luxury Robinson Crusoe hideaway. Traditional Thonga fishing villages provided the inspiration for this unique retreat that celebrates the true spirit of Mother Nature.
Within the unique sand forest and grassland ecosystem of the Tembe National Elephant Park roam over 220 of the largest elephant in the world, the last remaining indigenous herd in KwaZulu-Natal.
This 300km pristine wilderness, a proclaimed reserve on the old Ivory Route between Mozambique and the Zulu territory, also boasts the other members of the Big Five – lion, leopard, black and white rhino and buffalo – as well as over 340 bird species and abundant other mammal species right down to the tiny Suni, one of the smallest antelope in the world. Tembe combines the best of both worlds – an authentic Big Five experience in a national game park and the personal touch and world class service of a private luxury lodge, 50% co-owned and managed by the Tembe tribe, headed by Nkosi (Chief) Tembe.