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Mbotyi River Lodge

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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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Free Parking
Breakfast included
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Laundry Service
Outdoor pool
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Pondoland, Mbotyi 4820 South Africa
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Margate Airport78 km
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We have been visit the Transkei for over 30 years now, we recently stayed in this lodge with our 93 year old mother. We had a really nice break together. Watching the Whales splashing around in the sea from our bedroom veranda was a fantastic experience. The staff are good, and
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Response from Juan S, General Manager at Mbotyi River Lodge
Responded 15 Jan 2018
Your review is greatly appreciated thank you
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We have just returned from an incredibly relaxed stay at Mbotyi river lodge, which is only a short distance from our home. We needed a chilled, relaxed place to unwind and enjoy not too far from home. It surpassed all our expectations. Juan and her staff were beyond
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Really nice place to stay. Staff are great and really helpful and it is right beside the ocean! We were lucky to get a seaview room and it was beautiful! Few lizards here and there but that's normal for the area! Can't wait to go back!
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You have to be a bit determined to get to Mbotyi - the last 20 or so kilometres is on unpaved road through tea plantations. But the trip is worth it. The Lodge is set in beautifully manicured grounds with direct access to several miles of beach. The walk along the beach through
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We went to Mbotyi for a nostalgic family reunion. As kids, alas all too many years ago, we used to holiday most Julys at Drewe"s camp a few k further north up the coast. Each time we would trek to Mbotyi to visit my Dad's old Scots buddy, Jack Barber, who owned the trading store
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Bathroom in a thatch (older) unit.
Twin room in a thatch (older) unit.
The view from our room
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
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is there a gym in the hotel?
sorry no, but we have the most amazing beaches to get rid and all your energy.
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How is the Sardine Run going?
It was an awesome season.
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"If you're a light sleeper, ask for a room further away from the common areas. The newer log cabins are nicer than the old thatches."
"Try to stay in one of the front rooms for the best views out over the beach to sea."
"Choose a room with a sea view or lagoon view"
"Request a sea facing unit"
"All rooms have lovely views of either the lagoon or sea"
South AfricaEastern CapeMbotyi
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