Dream Hotels & Resorts Group has secured the management contract of Royal Thonga Safari Lodge, in KwaZulu-Natal’s Tembe Elephant Park.
This recent acquisition strengthens their company footprint within the province, and brings the total number of properties in their portfolio to 23, across South Africa and Mozambique.
Said Brent Dickson, Dream Hotels & Resorts Director: “We are proud to have this incredible safari lodge join our dynamic portfolio and are looking forward to hosting guests within the exquisite surrounds of this South African reserve, known for its large tuskers.
“Our strategy is to maintain Royal Thonga’s authenticity and welcoming atmosphere, whilst implementing our one-guest service approach, where every guest receives a high level of personalised service,” he added.
A four -hour drive from Durban, Royal Thonga is the perfect mid-way point for self-drivers travelling to or from Mozambique.
Our lodge is also ideal for couples, and holidaymakers who desire an active holiday with family and friends,” says Wendy Tembe, Royal Thonga’s General Manager. “I am delighted that, with this partnership, Dream Hotels & Resorts will support Royal Thonga’s growth strategy, while maintaining its authenticity and community upliftment vision.”
Royal Thonga provides lodge-style accommodation with 14 villas, including two family chalets. Chalets are fitted with comfortable, natural furnishings and en-suite restrooms with both indoor and private outdoor showers. Secluded decks ensure a private front-row seat to the natural surroundings.
The lodge also features a swimming pool, an on-site restaurant, a private spa and walking trails leading into the nearby Sand Forrest, with guided walks offered here too – great for avid birders. This easy one hour guided walk within the property boasts an abundance of flora, fauna and birdlife.
Royal Thonga guests can also book game drives with the luxurious 4×4 vehicles led by qualified and experienced local nature guides. This activity operates early each morning and again in the late afternoon, offering an opportunity to get up close to a variety of wildlife, such as buffalo’s, lions, elephants and various species of antelope in the home of the Big Five, Tembe Elephant Park.
A visit to the Tembe Butterfly Dome is a must for any family, added Tembe. “Just a 10-minute drive from the lodge, conditions are ideal for housing the most majestic African butterflies. The facility is used primarily for breeding and research.”
A day excursion to Kosi Bay, less than an hour drive away, comes highly recommended as a day trip from Royal Thonga. Here, visitors can swim, fish, snorkel, scuba dive and go night-time turtle tracking from November to February.
Day-visitors are also welcome at Royal Thonga Safari Lodge, and wheelchair facilities are available.