Thonga Beach Lodge – Turtle tracking

R15 595
Per person sharing
Self drive
Valid From 01 Aug 2019 to 30 Apr 2020
Turtle tracking drive package

Free Turtle tracking drive!  Thonga Beach Lodge is a 5hr 30 min drive from King Shaka Airport Durban.

Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of the Maputaland East Coast, KwaZulu-Natal in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. It is a 5hr 30 min drive from King Shaka Airport Durban.

Thonga Beach Lodge – Turtle tracking package, includes a complimentary turtle* tracking drive (*seasonal, taking place between Nov and end Feb)

This luxury beach lodge offers five room types all built of wood; thatch as well as glass on raised platforms set in indigenous coastal bush nestled in the undulating dunes within wave breaking distance from the sea.


Thonga Beach Lodge lies in Mabibi Bay; adjacent to Africa’s southernmost coral reefs making it the only tropical dive site in South Africa. In global terms; Mabibi offers some of the best diving in the world, but it has gone largely unnoticed because of its remoteness. Even in South Africa it has remained secluded and so divers are guaranteed an exciting underwater experience.  More than 1,200 species of fish are on the reefs off Mabibi; including Moorish idols, parrot fish, blue surgeons and marble as well as manta rays. The warm Indian Ocean waters also attract huge schools of bottlenose dolphin as well as sharks, whale sharks and turtles. Thonga Beach Lodge is the perfect luxury dive resort from which to explore these pristine waters.

Lake Sibaya has 100km of untouched shoreline and, at 70 square kilometres, is South Africa’s largest freshwater lake. The lake falls within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, now a World Heritage Site, and the Ramsar Convention assures its international conservation status.

The lake’s diverse flora provides a variety of habitats for birds, mammals and aquatic life. Research reveals that hundreds of years ago the lake was once connected to the sea and with the natural closure of the estuary, numerous fish and aquatic creatures were trapped in a fresh water environment.

Lake Sibaya contains the second largest population of hippopotamus and crocodile in KwaZulu-Natal and is an important breeding, feeding and roosting area for a host of bird species. Surface water in the surrounding coastal plain often disappears completely during dry spells, making the lake the only source of permanent water for birds and mammals.

Thonga Beach Lodge is the perfect spot for aquatic activities:

  • Scuba diving (incl refresher, open water & all training courses)
  • Open Ocean Experience
  • Turtle tracking (from Nov to end Feb)

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Price Includes
  • 3 Nights’ at Thonga Beach Lodge in a Forest Room
  • 1 x turtle tracking drive per stay (only between Nov and end Feb)
  • Meals
  • Teas & coffees
  • Use of snorkelling equipment
  • Guided walks
  • Kayaking and sundowners at Lake Sibaya
  • Cultural tours to Mabibi Community
  • Each guest is entitled to 1 of the following on a sundowner excursion at Lake Sibaya: glass of wine, local beer, cider or soft drink.
  • VAT @ 15%


Price Excludes
    • Flights and related taxes (Ask us – we can arrange this)
    • Car Hire OR Transfers (Ask us – we can arrange this)
    • Park fee per adult per stay is R40 from 01 Aug – 30 Apr 2019.   Child – park fees per stay (0-3 yrs no charge; 4-12 years 50% of adult rate; 13 yrs + pay adult rate) = R25
    • Travel insurance (Highly recommended)
    • All items of a personal nature
    • Anything not mentioned
    • 1% Tourism levy
Terms & Conditions
    • Conditions and validities apply.
    • This offer is subject to availability
    • Prices may change due to seasonal and exchange rate fluctuations
    • Visas may be necessary and Insurance is essential
    • Accommodation is per person sharing, unless otherwise specified
    • Errors and omissions in this offer are excepted
    • Subject to IGO Travel's general Conditions of Business
    • Excludes high season/school holidays, block out dates may apply
    • This special CANNOT be combined with any other special. Only 1 special or discount may be applied per booking.
    • The turtle tracking drives are seasonal, and only take place 01 November to end Feb each year.