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ROAD ACCESS

Recommended Route from Johannesburg:

Head to Piet Retief and Pongola then proceed on the N2 south towards Mkuze. Approximately 45km from Pongola and 10km before Mkuze turn left towards Jozini. On leaving Jozini take a left turn towards the “Coastal Forest Reserve and KwaNgwanase” (signposted), ensuring that you are proceeding over the Pongola dam wall. After 45km at a T-junction turn right towards “KwaNgwanase”. Proceed for another 34 km and at the circle turn right towards “Coastal Forest Reserve” on the R22 to Hluhluwe. After 15km turn left onto a dirt road marked as “Coastal Forest Reserve”. Take care as this sign post is easy to miss!

Please note that the Jozini route often has cattle wandering across it and there are a few pot holes, some of the signs sometimes fall down so caution and slower driving speeds are necessary.We recommend that you fill up with fuel in Jozini as there is no fuel available at the Lodge.Also a good time to have a toilet break and get some snacks for the road ahead.

Recommended route from Durban (5hrs):

Proceed on the N2 North to Hluhluwe. Turn off the N2 at the Hhluhluwe/Sodwana offramp, turn right across the bridge towards Hluhluwe, proceeding through the town until you reach the last traffic circle (there will be 4 in total). Turn left at R22/Sodwana Bay signpost and proceed for 0.7 km and turn right at R22/ Sodwana Bay signpost. Cross over the railway line. Proceed for 87 km bypassing Mbazwana on your right. Proceed straight through the circles following the signs to “Coastal Forest Reserve”. Proceed for 33 km after Mbazwana (passing the Mseleni turn-off) turn right onto a dirt road marked as “Coastal Forest Reserve”. Take care it is easy to miss this sign.  You will see a large government sign indicating directions to Mabibi, Rocktail Bay etc. It is 4.7km along this road to the Coastal Cashew Factory on your right hand side, where you will be collected. 

Please note that there are many speed bumps through and after Hluhluwe, so take extra care when driving this road. We recommend that you fill up with fuel at Hluhluwe as there is no fuel available at the Lodge. Also a good time to have a toilet break and get some snacks for the road ahead.

Upon reaching the Coastal Cashew Factory, two-wheel drive vehicles will park and guests will be transferred to the lodge in a Thonga Beach Lodge vehicle (approximately 1 hour). The parking is secured and the entrance guarded. Please note that we have two transfers per day: 12h00 and 15h00. These transfers have to be pre-booked when confirming your stay. Four-wheel drive vehicles can proceed straight to the lodge following the “Coastal Forest Reserve” and “Thonga Beach Lodge” signs.

Reservations Office: + 27 (0) 35 474 1473 
After Hours: + 27 (0) 82 322 1642 Gerard or Brett +27 (0)82 466 8538
Lodge direct number: +27 (0) 35 475 6000 / 1/ 2 / 3