Mabibi Bay is a paradise on the east coast of South Africa, within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal. The area is celebrated for its unblemished beaches, clear-blue waters, spectacular coral reefs, rich marine life and and seasonal turtle breeding. Surrounded by lush coastal vegetation and with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, this is the perfect holiday choice for beach and nature lovers, snorkelers and scuba divers.
Remote and pristine Mabibi Bay offers a true escape from the fast pace of life in the city. A place of unspoiled beauty within a World Heritage site, it boasts the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and clean, sandy beaches, swamp and marshland, and coastal forest. The reserve incorporates Lake Sibaya, the largest freshwater lake in South Africa. There is a spectacular underwater world to discover, and numerous marine mammals to encounter during open-sea adventures, such as southern right whales, humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins and spinner dolphins.
Migrating sea turtles come ashore in this area to lay their eggs, often returning to the same beach year after year. The most common species found here are loggerhead and leatherback turtles. Nests are dug in the sand where the eggs are deposited and then covered up. After an incubation period, the baby turtles hatch and make their way to the sea. The annual turtle season extends from November through to February.
Where to Stay
Thonga Beach Lodge is a sublime beach sanctuary set within this paradise. Twelve gorgeous thatched rooms – some with private pools – are tucked away in the dune forest overlooking Mabibi beach. The lodge is a true oasis, unimpeded by development on all sides and with direct beach access. The central facilities include a beach deck, bar, marine centre with snorkelling and scuba diving gear, spa, wi-fi lounge and dining areas.
Guests at Thonga Beach Lodge enjoy beach walks; seasonal guided turtle experiences by night; snorkeling on a protected reef; diving with launches in front of the lodge; swimming with whale sharks, dolphins and manta rays; open-sea adventures; and kayaking on Lake Sibaya. There are also spa experiences at the lodge, and in the area forest walks, birding, fishing and cultural tours.
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