Thonga Beach Lodge and the Mabibi Campsite
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Opening Times:
Check in time is after 12h00 and check out time is 10h00.


Recommended route from Johannesburg (8hrs):
Head to Piet Retief on the N2, pass through Pongola and proceed south towards Hluhluwe (approximately 113km from Pongola).  Turn left into the town of Hluhluwe (approx. 4kms) and follow the instructions below "Recommended route from Durban".

Alternate Route from Johannesburg:
Head to Piet Retief and Pongola then proceed on the N2 south towards Mkuze.  Approximately 45km from Pongola and 10km before Mkuze turn left towards Jozini.  On leaving Jozini take a left turn towards the “Coastal Forest Reserve and KwaNgwanase” (signposted), ensuring that you are proceeding over the Pongola dam wall.  After 45km at a T-junction turn right towards “KwaNgwanase”.  Proceed for another 47 km and at the circle turn right towards “Coastal Forest Reserve”.  After 15km turn left onto a dirt road marked as “Coastal Forest Reserve”.

Please note that the Jozini route often has cattle wandering across it, some of the signs have fallen down and so caution and slower driving speeds are necessary.  Also particularly around the area of TembeElephantPark, the road has quite a few large potholes which have caused damage to some cars.  Although this route may appear shorter in distance, it takes almost as much time as the Hluhluwe Recommended Route above, but without all the hazards!.

Recommended route from Durban (5hrs):
Proceed on the N2 North to Hluhluwe.  Turn off the N2 4kms towards Hluhluwe, proceeding through the town until you reach the last traffic circle (there will be 4 in total).  Turn left towards Mbazwana/Sodwana Bay and proceed for 0.7 km and turn right again towards Sodwana Bay/Mbazwana.  Shortly after turning right you will cross over a railway line.  Proceed for 87 km bypassing Mbazwana on your right.  Proceed straight through the circles following the signs to “Coastal Forest Reserve”.   Proceed for 33 km after Mbazwana (passing the Mseleni turn-off) turning right onto a dirt road marked as “Coastal Forest Reserve”.  You will see a large government sign indicating directions to Mabibi, Rocktail Bay etc.  It is 4.7km along this road to the Coastal Cashew Factory on your right hand side, where you will be collected.  This is sign marked with a brown and white sign.

Upon reaching the Coastal Cashew Factory, two-wheel drive vehicles will park and guests will be transferred to the lodge in a Thonga Beach Lodge vehicle (approximately 1 hour). The parking is secured and the entrance guarded.  Please note that we have two transfers per day: 12h00 and 15h00.  These transfers have to be pre-booked when confirming your stay.  Four-wheel drive vehicles can proceed straight to the lodge following the “Coastal Forest Reserve” and “Thonga Beach Lodge” signs.

Please note that Thonga Beach Lodge is not accessible by 2-wheel drive, so please specify if you require a transfer from the parking area.
The charge for the transfer is R150.00 per person return.  Please note that there will be an extra charge of R100.00 per person per transfer for all late/early arrivals and departures.  If guests are running late / early it is of the utmost importance to contact the lodge and notify them of the change. Once you turn off the tar road it is a poor condition sand road so guests must ensure they do not travel this road after 16h00.  Please phone the lodge as you leave Jozini (from the north) or Hluhluwe (from the south) so that we are aware of your whereabouts in time to make any necessary changes to our collection times if you are running late.

GPS Coordinates

Lat: S 27°19.771’
Lon: E 32°45.027'

Coastal Cashew Pick Up Point
Lat: S 27°12.548
Lon: E 32°35.574

Manzengwenya Airstrip
Lat: S 27°15.508'
Lon: E 32°45.15'

Best time to visit

Any time of year.

How to get around

Hiking and 4x4 only
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