Thonga beach lodge puts you within metres of South Africa's best snorkeling and off-shore scuba diving spots (and Mabibie's coastal forests, grasslands, bush and lakes). The lodge's professional dive team is overflowing with marine knowledge and is eager to take you out to experience it first hand... whatever your level of experience. I'm an absolute amateur and was enthralled by sightings of bottlenose dolphin, whale sharks and a multitude of fish (these protected reefs are home to 1250 different species and truly fantastical underwater seascapes!).
After a long day out on, or under, the water the luxurious comfort of the 24 bedroom lodge awaits. My elevated thatched bush suite offers total privacy, its own view terrace and a stylish, airy interior inspired by nature with natural materials, textures, glass and bleached wood. Tonight? Dinner by candlelight on the beach sounds just perfect! Tomorrow. A guided wilderness walk or turtle tracking perhaps ?