Maputaland Marine Reserve is found in the heart of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. It comprises of high-vegetated sand dunes, Lake Sibaya and beautiful secluded beaches, with untamed coral reefs close to the shore. Lake Sibaya has fresh, clear water and is home to a variety of fish, Nile crocodiles and several pods of hippo. This natural wonder offers two pristine luxury lodges: Thonga Beach Lodge and Rocktail Beach Camp. The park offers the most diverse species of aquatic life on its reefs including Moorish idols, blue surgeons, parrot fish, marble and manta rays to name a few. On land, the dense highly vegetated sand dunes are home to a number of birds including the rare Chestnut-banded plover. This secluded serene beach destination is the perfect place to relax and unwind between safari adventures during your trip to the Elephant Coast.
Rocktail Beach Camp
Rocktail Beach Camp is 4-star luxury resort located slightly further north on the coast of the Maputaland Marine Reserve. Rocktail Beach Camp has exclusive access to the coral reefs, which is part of the reason that they remain natural and well protected. The lodge offers snorkelling, deep-sea diving, a guided ocean experience and long recreational walks on the sandy beach. You can also indulge in bird watching tours through the coastal forest where you will see lots of different birds and some species of antelope such as the red duiker. In the camp there are stylish lounges with natural themed interiors, central dining areas, swimming pools and a lovely bar to kick back and relax in after some spirited exploring. All meals are included in your stay, so enjoy this unique secluded camp and leave all of your worries behind. Children of all ages are welcomed at Rocktail Beach Camp.
Thonga Beach Lodge
Thonga Beach Lodge is a 5-star luxurious beach lodge located in the pristine shores of Maputaland Coast in the heart of iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Here you can relax and enjoy the beautiful landscapes and the picturesque Mabibi Beach. The Beach Lodge also caters for people with disabilities and is child friendly which makes it an ideal resort for the entire family. The lodge offers scuba diving allowing you to appreciate the diverse species on the coral reefs, and enjoy a unique underwater experience. Thonga Beach Lodge has five suites located on top of the dunes offering a remarkable view of the coastline. The accommodation includes Sun Decks on raised platforms on which you can relax after snorkelling and walking on the beach. The lodge also has several pools for you to enjoy during your stay. The dinning area overlooks the beach, and is a perfect place to enjoy the sunset, creating a magical and romantic ambiance. You will want for nothing during your stay at this spectacular lodge, with all meals included and several guided activities including guided walks and kayak tours.