Royal Thonga Safari Lodge

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Royal Thonga Safari Lodge

3.0 star property
3-star lodge in uMhlabuyalingana with safari and outdoor pool

9.4/10 Exceptional

13 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Laundry facilities
Tembe Elephant Park, Embonisweni, Sihangwane, Mbotela, uMhlabuyalingana, KwaZulu-Natal, 3973
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Concierge services
  • Gift shops/newsstands
  • Picnic area
  • Barbecue grills
  • Luggage storage
Feel at home
  • Private bathroom
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
Cleaning & safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing

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About this property

Royal Thonga Safari Lodge

When visiting uMhlabuyalingana, Royal Thonga Safari Lodge is a great choice to consider. After splashing around at the outdoor pool, you can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant or unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge. Other highlights include a terrace and a garden. The helpful staff and comfortable guestrooms get good marks from fellow travelers.


Dutch, English, Xhosa, Zulu

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitizer provided
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At a glance

Hotel size

  • 14 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - 10:00 AM
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 10:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets stay free
  • Service animals welcome
  • Food and water bowls available


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free English breakfast each morning 7:00 AM–10 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Barbecue grills

What to do

  • Safari
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby

Working away

  • Meeting rooms


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • Built in 2015
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • An outdoor pool


  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible public washroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge


  • Dutch
  • English
  • Xhosa
  • Zulu

Room amenities

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Premium bedding

What to enjoy

  • Patio

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper

Food and drink

  • Mini-fridge
  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability, amount varies)

Renovations and closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from July 1 2021 to September 1 2022 (dates subject to change):
  • Dining venue(s)
  • Fitness facilities
  • Shuttle services

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.


This property does not have elevators.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Royal Thonga Safari Lodge Embonisweni
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Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

Jewel in the bush
Comfortable, well equiped, need and clean chalets. Good food and friendly and helpful staff.
Fanie, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Pleasant visit
Brilliant setting. Rooms comfortable. Meals god, though limited in options and repeats gets boring. One option only, could be improved. Clean and great
sebastiaan, 3-night family trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

It was a great stay the staff were very friendly professional . The food and service was excellent
Zenzo, 2-night trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Gem in the bush
Our stay was brilliant! This truely is a little gem that should be visited over and over. Game drives amazing, service awesome, facilities fantastic We will definitely return
Ravella, 2-night family trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

It was amazing. Really loved it and can’t wait to go back!
1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Really super helpful staff. Special shout out to Wendy and also our guide GooGoo. Very comfortable surroundings. Overall really nice place to stay.
3-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

A marvellous break
Everything about the week-end was picture perfect for us to slow-down and relax after a busy week. The staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful, the rangers knowledgeable and the food great. The room was very comfortable and clean. Definitely worth a second visit and highly recommended.
Paul, 2-night romance trip
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

1-night trip
Verified Orbitz guest review

8/10 Very good

This is a beautiful property but a little more effort is needed for upkeep. For example floors should be swept regularly and sofas dusted to remove animal drippings, bugs, cobwebs etc. Found a couple lizards in the bed netting and one crawling on the pillow! Room rafters, windows etc need dusting and cobwebs removed. Before dusk staff should check rooms are bug free and put down bednets. Food is great - fresh and tasty - but cooking with a little less grease/oil/butter would be perfect! Game drives are awesome!
1-night family trip
Verified Orbitz guest review

8/10 Very good

Simply wonderful! Great location near to Tembe Elephant Park. Very tranquil and serene. Rooms were very comfortable and clean. Well appointed and sealed so even though you are immersed in the African bush, you do not have to worry about mosquitos or bugs in the room. Lovely dining and lounge areas.
1-night trip
Verified Orbitz guest review