Mbotyi River Lodge

Mbotyi River Lodge

Overlooking beach south of Mbotyi
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From stoep across pool to ocean
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#1 of 1 lodge in Mbotyi
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.1 of 5 bubbles
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
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At Mbotyi River Lodge, the Wild Coast's leading seaside hotel we offer a range of accommodation options for couples, groups, families or corporate and conference bookings. Guests enjoy a comfortable 3 star hotel experience at this wonderfully remote Wild Coast resort. Our bedrooms all have a private balcony or patio to enjoy the wonderful views whether it is of the sea, the lagoon or valley. All rooms also offer tea and coffee making facilities, a ceiling fan and a safe for your valuables. We have 48 well appointed, en-suite rooms of which 36 are log cabins and 12 in thatched units that blend beautifully into the lush natural environment of Pondoland. 12 Rooms interconnect - perfect for families. We also cater for sporting, adventure and conference groups.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Wifi
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Laundry service
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
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3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic

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Pondoland, Mbotyi 4820 South Africa
1 Attraction
within 10 kilometers
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ChintaSouthAfrica wrote a review Mar 2020
Cape Town, South Africa
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We hoped for a relaxed beach side stay on the Wild coast but cut our trip short on arrival. First impression was very dismal. The owner and management are lackadaisical about maintenance and care of the property. The lodge is on a lovely lagoon and overlooks the beach if you are in a front chalet. The junior staff are very pleasant but one feels sad when there are hardly any guests.
The food was surprisingly tasty and we enjoyed it.
The room we stayed in didn't have a fridge but access to a cold drink is only possible at midday. Under no circumstances would they deviate from the strict rule despite us being the only guests bar one individual who seemed to be a permanent resident as he ate in his room. If you are thirsty after an early morning walk/run its tough luck-no cold drinks.
The early morning walk was lovely and there were only a few people on the beach.
There is cell phone reception but no wi fi for guests.
The road is the worst we encountered on our ten day road trip. Government authorities obviously ignore this dirt road. Security is good for guests. The one senior manager, Pauline, was helpful and friendly.
Would we go there again? Unlikely.
What we didn't understand is that the property we were told is owned by a Mr Peter Gillespie but why doesn't he pay more attention to his asset?
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Christine Terblanche wrote a review Dec 2020
Durban, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently spent one night at Mbotyi during a 7 day hike along the Wild Coast. Unfortunately the hotel had very few guests, but that didn't stop them from providing us with excellent service and great food. We were even treated to a room upgrade. Although the hotel needs a little TLC, which is difficult during these times when people aren't travelling due to the virus; you won't be disappointed by the beauty of the place and the stunning views across the beach and lagoon. Lots to do, including fabulous hiking to the famous Waterfall Bluff as well as the many waterfalls in the area.
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Date of stay: December 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Sea facing
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Response from Sarina York, General Manager at Mbotyi River Lodge
Responded 26 Dec 2020
It was lovely having you and your husband here with us. We hope to see you again soon.
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barneyDublin wrote a review Sept 2022
Berlin, Germany
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It’s a little piece of paradise at the end of a hard day in a Suzuki Swift. Lovely friendly people, new manager who is bursting with enthusiasm for the place (he joined in the past few months), beautiful wooden rooms with lots to see and do around the place. Dinner was very good, particularly given the remoteness of the place. Nice big bar to hang out in. We didn’t stay long enough, next time. But maybe get a car with a bit of high clearance, especially during the rainy season. We made it in the Swift, but only just :-). Thanks Alex and the team.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Girl_who_travelss wrote a review Mar 2021
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The place needs an entire revamp. It seems its still stuck in the 1980s. This has nothing to do with Covid as another guest has stated. The revamp has been looong overdue.
The cleaning staff has to do a better job. Our room smelled like the back wash from the sewer line. There were marks on the supposedly clean sheets and pillows. They take no interest in creating any activities for the guests, just some old canoes we had to carry ourselves down to & from the lagoon. Other than that NOTHING...just the sound of the ocean. the food wasn't half bad, and I think that may have been the only highlight of the whole stay. I would suggest the staff perhaps getting some uniforms the day you decided to revamp and maybe remarked the place.

I might add that the difference between a standard room and a superior room is a fridge. Even though the site clearly states that all the rooms have a fridge. I was quite disgusted by that, but "upgraded" nonetheless as we people far from home need fridges some for their medication.
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Date of stay: March 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: just don go until they gave revamped the place.
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Response from Sarina York, General Manager at Mbotyi River Lodge
Responded 08 Apr 2021
Dear Girl who travelss. We are sorry to hear that your stay with us was not up to your expectation. We assure you that the lodge is under new management now for only six months and we are trying our best to get everything up to standard. Unfortunately revamping and maintenance does cost a lot of money and everything can not be done once. Covid maybe isn't the excuse for everything, but the hospitality industry suffered immensely having had no income for almost 6 months. With that said, we encourage our guest to bring issues under our attention as soon as it comes up, and we most definitely would like to hear your suggestions.
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Annaliese wrote a review Mar 2023
St. Helena Bay, South Africa
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were a hiking group staying over one evening. Our reception was warm and welcoming and exceptional. The service of all staff were friendly, helpful and excellent in terms of needs met.
Would love to revisit and stay longer.
Peaceful, tranquil and a beautiful setting.
Thank you!
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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conrad p wrote a review Dec 2015
Potchefstroom, South Africa
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Hereby several reasons NOT TO GO to this lodge

1 BEDBUGS !!!! and hordes of little spiders everywhere, especially in bedding.
Could not sleep as my family and I was bitten the whole night.

2 VERY UNSAFE beach
Need to leave the lodge's stand and walk along a secluded and very overgrown path, through a river (which is very dirty by the way) to the beach, with villagers drinking and urinating all around the area. Even used condoms just dropped along the way. Beer cans and broken wine bottles strewn around. DISGUSTING. This is definitely not a beach for families with young children

3 Very dirty and old accommodation- seriously in need of new linen, carpets and furniture...and a good spring cleaning

4 Cars are parked at reception and apartments are quite a walk from there. No help offered with luggage

5 Decided to check out after one night- no refund. Thus paid R 11 000 for one night's stay. Still awaiting reply from managers- realized that my e-mails and phone calls are being ignored.

6. We traveled by 4x4- wouldn't have been able to do so in a small rental car. Gravel roads poorly maintained. NOT WORTH THE EFFORT and RISK

8. Stuffy and dirty restaurant area, games room.

9. Our waitress was not dressed in proper uniform. Jeans an T-shirt. Hair really messy.

TO ALL OVERSEAS VISITORS: SOUTH AFRICA HAS SO MUCH BETTER TO OFFER IN TERMS OF ACCOMMODATION AND SERVICE! MANY MORE BREATHTAKING SITES SO it's okay to skip this one. What you see on the pics is NOT what you'll end up with. DO NOT BOOK HERE!
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Date of stay: December 2015
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Namkelekile wrote a review Aug 2015
1.0 of 5 bubbles
On my day visit, I was escorted to the reception by a security guard who stood there while I was questioned for a good 12min to explain what can they help me with.

I was questioned by three different people, if I was not desperate for a drink, I would have driven away. This place is not fond of Africans
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Date of stay: August 2015Trip type: Travelled solo
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judygraham1 wrote a review Oct 2014
Grahamstown, South Africa
1.0 of 5 bubbles
As a person that cares for the surroundings and the beauty and conservation thereof it was most disturbing so be subjected to the double standards of the management of the lodge. The staff were wonderful and so very accommodating however you got the sense that a big black cloud of unhappiness was hanging over them. It is very apparent that the staff have no option but to accept the circumstances because if they don't they will be fires.The rooms are very basic and very aged. The management is the same as the rooms. The lady who proudly announces herself as the owner is snappy unfriendly and very rude both to guests and treats the staff terribly. I did my homework only to discover the lodge belongs to a businessman in Johannesburg. It is not worth the price you pay. Please do as much homework before waisting you hard earned money on a disappointing break.
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Date of stay: September 2014
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from embotyi1, Public Relations Manager at Mbotyi River Lodge
Responded 28 Oct 2014
We take accusations of double standards like this to heart at Mbotyi River Lodge. As a result, we have made numerous attempts to contact you to verify your stay as we can’t find any records of your booking. We have tried to contact you via the Tripadvisor link and have been unsuccessful, in order for us to take corrective action, should it be in fact required, we require full details of your stay, dates times so that we can investigate fully. Such accusations as you may well appreciate are damaging to our business and we have also noticed that you are new to tripadvisor reviewing. We certainly hope that this review is not a malicious attempt to damage our reputation and we would appreciate if you would kindly reply to our attempts to contact you. I speak now on behalf of all the staff at Mbotyi River Lodge- we are grateful for our jobs and wonderful work environment, we are so privileged to work in such a beautiful setting and welcome anyone to join us. In order for us to continue to give the best service to our amazing clients we appreciate all constructive reviews and look forward to hearing from you
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Colleen2014 wrote a review Jan 2014
Cape Town Central, South Africa
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Having stayed at other resorts on the Wild Coast we were hugely disappointed with what Mbotyi River Lodge has to offer. The grounds are superbly maintained, the linen is fresh, the beds comfortable and the rooms adequate. The riverfront rooms have inter-leading doors which are locked if you are not part of the same group. However the walls are very thin and loud TV's and conversations can be easily overheard. There are Three big problems with this resort: Firstly whilst the setting is on the river and sea, you are fenced in" Estate style" and can only access the beach and river via two small gates which are security guarded. Nice to know you are secure but hardly "Wild Coast" in my opinion. Furthermore The resort is small enough to feel trapped in. Should you wish to go to the beach or lagoon you will have to pass by every man and his dog (literally) who are picnicing outside the gate. When we were there in December 2013/January 2014 the locals had their car boots open and music was pumping on the other side of the fence. Secondly, the food is simply terrible. The diet consists of meat and a starch. In 10 days we had vegetables twice. There was a coleslaw on hotdog day and twice a green salad with lots of lettuce and very little else. There was an obvious recycling of food too. Like if you had chicken at supper you could guarantee (leftover) chicken for lunch the next day. Whilst we never expected gourmet food, we were limited in variety and health options. Two of our party were vegetarians and had to have toasted cheese sandwiches at lunchtime (with the best slap chips ever by the way) and very little else for supper. For the price of around R1275 per person per day we expected a lot more value for money. And lastly, there are very few activities to do that do not add to your costs. Other resorts on that stretch of coastline organise day walks, sunset cruises up the river, sporting competitions and general fun activities for young and old. New Year at Mbotyi was a huge bust! We were promised an evening of entertainment but landed up in bed before 11, bored witless. Management were rarely seen. You would do well to spend your hard earned money elsewhere in my opinion.
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Date of stay: January 2014
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: River front rooms have aircons and tvs, thatches have fans and no tv. Block 4 is your best bet...
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Jozef S wrote a review Jun 2014
Bratislava, Slovakia
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a great location if you are looking for a super quiet vacation - lodge is 6hrs drive from Durban airport. There is a lot of hiking, biking you can do around. Bar is reasonably well equipped and drinks are very reasonable priced. Pool tables & table-tennis is available in case of bad weather.
We stayed in this lodge during Sardine Run (scuba-diving) and enjoyed it quite well.

Tips:
1) cell-phone service is mostly unavailable - unless you have a local SIM card
2) Internet is mostly unavailable and veeery slow (but you won't mind as for the price of 60mins you can have 3 gin&tonic cocktails and much more fun :-)
3) if you are coming in the winter time (June-August). bring something warn to sleep in - rooms do not have heating :-)
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Date of stay: June 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Unit 6 is close to bar & has a "ocean-view". And I think unit 3 has...
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Answer from Sarina Y
Mbotyi, South Africa
Hi Jennie. I personally travel from Ifafa to Mbotyi regularly and have not had any problems on the way. The route that most of our guests have taken is Port Edward, Bizana (Bypass), Magusheni (Yaka Garage), Flagstaff, Lusikisiki then Mbotyi. I normally either fill at Yaka Garage Magusheni or Lusikiski without problems. The times really depends on what time you leave as I generally travel at 4am in the morning then it only takes 4 to 4.5 hours as you tend to miss the hustle and bustle in towns. Please feel free to call and speak to any onme of us at the lodge if you are needing any furher information
KOS1185 asked a question Jan 2015
Heathfield, United Kingdom2 contributions
is there a gym in the hotel?
Answer from embotyi1
Durban, South Africa
sorry no, but we have the most amazing beaches to get rid and all your energy.
embotyi1 asked a question Jul 2014
Durban, South Africa
How is the Sardine Run going?
Answer from embotyi1
Durban, South Africa
It was an awesome season.
Girl_who_travelss wrote a tip Mar 2021
4 contributions3 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"just don go until they gave revamped the place."
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Christine Terblanche wrote a tip Dec 2020
Durban, South Africa13 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Sea facing"
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IanC770 wrote a tip Mar 2020
Cheltenham, United Kingdom15 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Corner rooms with balcony with view of ocean and lagoon are best."
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elliecourts wrote a tip Sept 2019
Cape Town Central, South Africa283 contributions88 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cabins have fabulous views, but walls are thin, so take earplugs for noisy neighbours"
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Pinky F wrote a tip Jul 2019
Wiesloch, Germany19 contributions22 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Corner rooms are larger."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mbotyi River Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Mbotyi River Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Mbotyi River Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Mbotyi River Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Mbotyi River Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Mbotyi River Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Mbotyi.