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South Africa Tourism Awards

Type: Experience
Category: Unique Experience

Motivation for award: Hosting a diversity of habitats, Royal Thonga Safari Lodge is home to a spectacular variety of animals and birds. Birdlife around the lodge is particularly splendid, with numerous specials such as Neergaard’s Sunbird, African Broadbill, Rudd’s Apalis, Woodward’s Batis, Plain-backed Sunbird and Pink throated Twin spot being regularly sighted within the lodge’s property. With an array of local activities available, the lodge serves as a perfect base to explore the area from beach to bush. For those who prefer to relax, there is a large lap pool, day spa and comfortable lounge to unwind in. – Learn about the Sangoma or Traditional Healers practice – Experience the amazing tradition of the 700-year-old Thonga fish kraals. You will also discover how the Thonga’s make their palm wine and have a taste – Harvesting of the Marula fruit to make Marula Wine, commonly known as “ubuganu” – Learning the language isiThonga from the elders in and around our community Additonal Activities include but not limited to the following: Game Drives in the Tembe Elephant Park – Big 5 Game Reserve Kayaking Hiking Birding Raffia Forest Walks Tiger Fishing Traditional Fishing and Picnics Boat Trips including Lunch Snorkeling at Kosi Bay Community Visits Educational Visits Community Gardening Arts and Craft Shisanyama and Traditional Food Experience Turtle Touring at Kosi Bay

Region: Kwazulu Natal / Umhlabauyalingana Municipality

Royal Thonga Safari Lodge


This 4 star lodge is architecturally designed to emulate the local Thonga building style, and each of the fourteen villas are uniquely positioned to offer guests total privacy and luxurious comfort within a sand forest in Tembe Elephant Park.

Culmination of a dream of the local community, private investors and Tembe Royal family to create a natural paradise (in the bush) for visitors to experience this unique reserve
Natural materials and timber give a warm organic ambience and invite the outdoors in. All rooms are appointed with quality furnishings and bathrooms come complete with an indoor and private outdoor shower.

A comfortable 4 hour’s drive from King Shaka International Airport, Tembe Elephant Park is a Big 5 reserve, renowned as A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE and AN UNFORGETTABLE LOCATION – One of the few remaining wilderness areas in Southern Africa.

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Lorraine Rabie – 20.05.2022
Would be happy to go anywhere. However have never experienced a game lodge or drive!! So a must for me

Gcinile thabede – 12.05.2022

Tsepisho Makua – 06.04.2022
Beautiful location

Bonga – 04.04.2022

Sindisiwe Tembe – 03.04.2022

Goodman Ncobeni – 03.04.2022
Great property with loads of activities

Mbali Trevor – 03.04.2022
The whole place is a unique experience

Lee Dumisa – 03.04.2022
I would like them win due to the nature of scenic and architecturally beautifully built hotel.

Mandisa – 01.04.2022
It’s a very beautiful place

Asanda Tembe – 01.04.2022
Beautiful property and so very unique and in touch with nature and their guests.

Christie Pretorius – 30.03.2022

Lee – 29.03.2022
Deserve all the votes

Nosipho Dumisa-Ngoasheng – 29.03.2022
An unforgettable experience indeed.

Nosipho Dumisa – 29.03.2022
Yes please!!!

Queen – 28.03.2022
Love traveling ill be happy to receive a voucher

Indresen GOVENDER – 28.03.2022
All the best

Ayanda Ngcobo – 28.03.2022
Great location for game drives in KZN, truly beautiful.

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