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An ocean playground on the doorstep at Thonga Beach Lodge

With the Indian Ocean just there, it’s a matter of minutes until you’re plunging into the water with dolphins…

By Matthew Steyn
General Manager at Thonga Beach Lodge

At Thonga, we have a carousel of activities according to each season. July to October is for spotting southern right whales and humpbacks – two members of the Marine Big Five. November to March is turtle nesting season. I’m talking great big leatherbacks weighing in at about 800 kilograms and loggerheads too. During the day they haul themselves up on the beach sometimes only 100 metres away from the lodge. Our ‘turtle drive’ is quite thrilling, stealing out in the cooler hours of the evening (sometimes 2am!) to drive up the beach and see them under torchlight laying their eggs.

From April to June the weather is just amazing; perfect for open ocean-guided adventures – seeing creatures such as turtles, hammerhead sharks, manta ray, reef sharks, eels and a ton of brightly coloured fish. Scuba diving is a thing here with our very own marine centre and in-house team who can kit you out with masks, snorkels, suits, flippers and tanks. Unlike the big commercial dive operations, we offer intimate excursions for all levels of divers whether you’re a novice or advanced. As for snorkelling, the nearby rock pool is renowned for its size, calm water and stunning coral housing octopus, fire fish and moray eels. If you do one thing only, don’t miss the chance to swim with wild bottlenose dolphins. They’re so playful and come right up to you – it is one of my top life experiences.

On land there’s fishing, fat biking, forest walks and scorpion-spotting at night in the ultraviolet light. Lake Sibaya stretching for 100 kilometres is 10 minutes away and there’ll be the opportunity to meet local people from the rural communities going about their day. There’s nothing like kayaking on its flat, gentle water listening to the sounds of birds and snorting hippos. Embrace the tranquillity as the sun melts over the water and you savour your first sip of cold gin and tonic.

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Alfred & Matthew Steyn

Raised in Johannesburg, Matthew spent every family holiday on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal where his love for the ocean took hold. After spending time at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve as a ranger, and a stint in the corporate world, he followed the call of the wild and worked in areas including Botswana, Mozambique and the Serengeti as a head guide and general manager. At Thonga Beach Lodge, he’s living his best life with both his family and tight-knit Isibindi team.

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