From R1205 PPS

Royal Thonga Safari Lodge

From R1205 PPS



Royal Thonga Safari Lodge is the culmination of a dream of the local Tembe community and private investors to create a natural paradise for visitors to this unique reserve, it also boasts its own private entrance to the Tembe Elephant Park. The lodge is architecturally designed to emulate the local Tonga building style, and each of the fourteen chalets are uniquely positioned to offer guests total privacy and luxurious comfort within the sand forest. All chalets enjoy quality furnishings and an indoor and private outdoor shower.

A comfortable three and a half hour's drive from King Shaka International Airport, and on the doorstep of Southern Mozambique's decadent beaches, Tembe Elephant Park is renowned as a unique experience. One of the few remaining Wilderness areas in Southern Africa. This "big five" reserve, set in an area of sand forests, pans and Wetlands in northern Thongaland, falls within a transition area between tropical and sub-tropical forms, and is therefore home to a great diversity of vegetation - within this diversity of habitats Tembe is home to a spectacular variety of animals and birds.

The park hosts Africa's biggest tuskers, the world's smallest buck, the world's largest web spinning spider and a number of rare to very rare birds and butterflies. Birdlife around the lodge is particularly splendid, with numerous specials such as Neergaard's Sunbird, Rudd's Apalis, Woodward's Batis, Plain-backed Sunbird and Pinkthroated Twinspot being regularly
sighted within the lodge's property.

Apart from the park, the location is unique. Within an hour's drive one can experience world class tiger fishing in Jozini, some of the best diving in Kosi Bay, Loggerhead turtle tracking, secret beaches like 'Black Rock', border caves, fish traps, canoeing on the Pongola river, kayaking in Kosi's great lakes, etc. This whole area is truly magnificent and we are proud to
offer all of these experiences from our lodge. A full summary of activities is on our website.


    Room Facilities

  • Non-Smoking

    On Site Facilities

  • Children Allowed
  • Pool
  • Secure Parking

    Local Facilities

  • Beach
  • Biking
  • Entertainment
  • Fishing
  • Game Viewing
  • Hiking
  • Shopping/Curios
  • Tours
  • Other


  • Booking Reliability
  • Response Rate: 50%
  • Average Response Time: 11 hours
  • Cards accepted by this establishment
  • American Express
  • Diner's Club
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

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Tembe Elephant Park, Kosi Bay, KwaZulu Natal

Map Royal Thonga Safari Lodge in Kosi Bay  Zululand  KwaZulu Natal  South Africa

Guest Comments

An excellent place to stay at, located on the edge of Tembe Elephant Park, a beautiful and rich reserve which is worth a visit.
The staff at Royal Thonga Safari Lodge was very helpful and friendly. The meals were excellent and the game drives were very interesting and rewarding thanks to a highly competent guide.
We warmly recommend the place.

- Michel Barbot27 Oct 2014

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