For holidaymakers planning a self-drive into southern Mozambique from KwaZulu-Natal, this is the perfect opportunity to add Royal Thonga Safari Lodge to your itinerary. This four-star establishment is the crown jewel of ‘the garden province’, quietly nestled within the perimeter of the game-rich Tembe Elephant Park.
The trip is a three-and-a-half hour's drive from the King Shaka International Airport and we highly recommend an extended stay. Aside from the bounty of birds, butterflies and wildlife, Royal Thonga Safari Lodge is a treasure trove of outdoor activities that will occupy even the most adventurous visitors.
Choose from 4x4 game drives, seek out the Big Five, enjoy guided walks through the Sand Forrest, and that’s just the start. Trips to the local village, the nearby cashew farm and butterfly tent must be included, too. For that perfect beach day, Royal Thonga is right on the doorstep of Kosi Bay, where families and friends can embark on loggerhead turtle tracking tours, snorkelling excursions and whale watching boat trips.
Of course, if you want to put your feet up and unwind, Royal Thonga Safari Lodge is just the place to do it. Crafted with natural timber and thatch, the lodge emulates a local Thonga village building style, with focus on with luxurious touches. There is a swimming pool, on-site restaurant and plenty of quiet corners to enjoy a moment to yourself.
The ambience is warm and soulful and each of the 14 villas, including our two family chalets, have been thoughtfully positioned to ensure total privacy. Rooms are well-appointed with quality furnishings and en-suite bathrooms complete with indoor and private outdoor showers. Private decks with seating offer a front-row seat to the glorious surroundings. It really is as good as it sounds!
Day-visitors are also welcome at Royal Thonga Safari Lodge, and wheelchair facilities are available.