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One of the best camping sites around in one of the most pristine and untouched parts of South Africa. Mabibi Beach Camp is a hidden gem...

Unforgettable retreat

Mabibi Beach Camp

Set on the pristine shores of the Maputaland coast, Mabibi Beach Camp is situated between Lake Sibaya, Sodwana Bay and Manzengwenya in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal. Nestled in an internationally recognized World Heritage Site, Mabibi Beach Camp forms part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park.

It is the ideal place to discover one of the last unspoilt and undeveloped wilderness beaches left on the African continent. Crystal clear swimming bays, gorgeous snorkelling reefs, coastal forests, soft sandy beaches, grasslands, bush and shimmering lakes make this an unforgettable retreat. The warm waters of the Maputaland coast offer some of South Africa’s best snorkelling.

Carefully tucked away in the wilderness, Mabibi is surrounded by exquisite coastal dune forests which provide a tranquil, relaxed setting. Our pristine beach is only accessible via a beach walkway, which consists of 137 large steps – which may pose a challenge to the elderly and small children. Lake Sibaya (South Africa’s largest Fresh water lake) is a mere 25 minute drive away. Mabibi Beach Camp is the ideal hideaway for those that wish to escape the hectic hustle and bustle of city life.


General Information

  • Office hours: 07h00 – 12h00 and 14h00 – 16h00
  • On arrival at Mabibi, visitors are requested to report their arrival at the Reception office and complete the check-in register
  • Firewood may be purchased from the local ladies at the Mabibi gate.
  • There is no vehicle access permitted from the camp onto the beach. Please note that the campsite falls within the rules of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, the vehicle access used illegally by campers in the past, down to the beach, has now been closed.  Access to the beach is  via the beach walkway (consisting of 137 steps) only.
  • The closest petrol station is at Sodwana Bay (+/- 60kms) and the closest supply store (Spar as well as two banks) is at Mbazwana. There is a small tuck shop along the Sibaya road.
  • Mabibi Camp is a low risk malaria area.
  • If you require any assistance while at the camp, kindly see the camp manager at the Reception office to make arrangements

Local Regulations

  • Good relations between the visitors to the area and the local community are necessary.Generators are permitted (maximum 3.5 kva).
  • These are to be run between the hours of 9:00 am and 1:00 pm only, to avoid unnecessary disturbance and inconvenience to other guests.
  • Please take note that the beach is not protected by lifeguards and that there are no shark nets, so you swim in the sea at your own risk.
  • No motorbikes or four wheelers are permitted
  • Firewood may not be gathered – but can be purchased from the local ladies at the gate.
  • Pets are not permitted
  • Check-in time is at 14:00 on the day of arrival, and guests are to vacate the campsite by 10.00am on the day of departure.
  • The camp gates are closed from 18.00pm- 07.00am
  • Littering is an offence and offenders will be prosecuted.
  • It is an offence to pick or damage any plant or to disturb or kill any animal.
  • All music/noise is to be toned down by 22:00 pm in order to avoid inconvenience to other guests.
  • The lighting of fires is only permitted in proper fireplaces. Please also extinguish cigarettes properly and place them in proper receptacles. DON NOT THROW them out of windows.
  • Firearms must be declared on arrival.
  • The speed limit in the camp is 15km/h
  • No holes or trenches may be dug in the camp.
  • The launching of boats (including jet skis, water skiing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, kayaking, or any other water sport) is not permitted.
  • Driving on the beach is not permitted.
  • Please note that the camp is a separate establishment to Thonga Beach Lodge, and the Lodge caters for the Lodge guests only.


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XXXXXX – camp manager