A four-day extension to a holiday in KwaZulu-Natal's Maputaland Coast
Beach | Off the beaten track
A worthwhile option for those visiting KwaZulu-Natal on a self-drive is to add on a few nights at Thonga Beach Lodge, set above the pristine beaches of KwaZulu-Natal’s Maputaland Coast. Highlights here include superb snorkelling and scuba diving, which is some of the best in South Africa. Depending on the time of year, you might see nesting turtles, whale sharks or dolphins, while the surrounding grasslands and coastal forests are a haven for birdlife.
Day by day itinerary
Coastal Cashews – Thonga Beach Lodge – Richard's Bay
This four-day stay at the Thonga Beach Lodge offers you an off-the-beaten-track wilderness retreat, where you can enjoy a whole host of adventurous and exciting activities and sports whilst staying in the lap of luxury.
Start by dropping off your hired car at the Coastal Cashews, and catch a 4X4 transfer to the lodge. Set on the pristine shores of the Maputaland coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, this 24-bed luxury lodge is the ideal place to stay whilst discovering one of the most unspoilt wilderness beaches in the African continent. Mabibi is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear and warm waters offer South Africa's best snorkelling and fantastic off-shore scuba diving.
Accommodation is in a collection of thatched suites, each of which comes with a private balcony, spacious en suite bathroom and breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness. Other facilities include a swimming pool, a delightful restaurant and a small spa. The resort is located 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 that's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In season, you can also admire turtles laying eggs, whale sharks, dolphins and many other sea animals indigenous to the stretch of coast.
On day 4, transfer back to Coastal Cashews to pick up your hire car. Continue to Richard’s Bay Airport where your self-drive ends.
Stay: Thonga Beach Lodge, Maputuland, KwaZulu-Natal (Superior)
Meals: B L D
This extension is suitable for…
This is a comprehensive introduction to South Africa’s myriad delights. Included flight hops, luxury stays and scenic drives along the Garden and Panorama routes will showcase everything from Cape Town and the Winelands to a Big-Five Kruger safari and the mountain beauty of Zululand and Drakensberg.
With KwaZulu-Natal perhaps the most richly diverse of South Africa’s provinces, this spectacular drive takes in everything from the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains and Durban’s beachfront charms to Zulu battlefields and an all-inclusive, Big Five safari.
Any element of this extension can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
from £765 pp.
from £935 pp.
- 4 days' car hire (Classic C car with Sat-Nav)
- 3 nights accommodation in a 4* (Superior) lodge on a full-board basis
- Activities such as guided walks, kayaking and sundowners at Lake Sibaya with drink and cultural tours to Mabibi Community
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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
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