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Thonga Beach Lodge
At a Glance
- Robinson Crusoe deluxe
- privacy and tranquility
- discover different (all magical) ecosystems
- difficult to get to, so pricey
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Thonga Beach Lodge Review
Dramatically sited, this lovely beach lodge makes the best of its unique situation. Twelve air-conditioned, thatch suites decorated in chic Robinson Crusoe style look out over indigenous coastal and forest bush a stone's throw from the sea. Chill out on your personal deck, lounge on the viewing deck or by the pool, or walk barefoot down the boardwalks leading to the beach, where you can recline on a lounge chair shaded by white cotton "sails." The food is delicious, creative, and you'll be amazed at just how hungry the sea air makes you. A guide will walk along the beach with you to Island Rock, where at low tide, you can float among the rocks and pools. If you've never snorkeled, then now is your chance. Go for sundowners to Lake Sibaya, South Africa's largest, freshwater lake, with its spectacular birdlife, and watch out for lumbering hippos as they come out to graze. Take a guided walk through the forest, grassland, or wetlands around the lodge, or go diving to the pristine reefs offshore (one is as big as two football fields) or just stay on board and watch for whales and dolphins. Then relax with a treatment at the in-house Sea-Spa.
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