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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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Breakfast included
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Outdoor pool
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Spent two nights at Mbotyi lodge towards the end of May. Facilities are very good & accommodation comfortable. Visited the cows on the beach the first afternoon! During the second day we visited the 3 waterfalls. The one passed the Tea plantation is particularly impressive once
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Lodge is beautifully located with excellent sea views. Food is good but could do with improvement. Bread wasn't fresh every day. Dinner staff was well trained and very helpful. But on the day we left there were no porters to help with our luggage which we had to carry up a hill
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Response from Juan S, Manager at Mbotyi River Lodge
Responded 17 Sep 2018
My sincerest apologies for someone not helping with the luggage. This is an oversight that we can deal with. I hope you enjoyed your freely upgraded accommodation tho
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What a breathtakingly beautiful place to kick your feet up! The back drops of the hills of the Pondoland cascading into the Indian Ocean! We spent our Honeymoon here and will never forget the hospitality and friendly nature of the Xhosa people! Looking forward to Sardine Run
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The campsites are not within the grounds of the Mbotyi River Lodge, but it is an community camp with campsites and chalets. that is being rented out by the Lodge. By staying there, don't give you access to any facilities within the Lodge. We were squashed in between the
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We camped at the campsite next to Mbotyi River Lodge, and although the camp grounds were close to the sea and offered some protection from the wind while offering good views. The campsite turned into a mud bath and trying to get vehicles and trailers out was very challenging. I
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Response from Juan S, General Manager at Mbotyi River Lodge
Responded 25 Apr 2018
As explained the campsite is a community based project - We assist the community in taking booking on their behalf and it goes into their bank account. This and the fact that hotel amenities are unavailable to campsite guests is clearly explained on all documentation that is emailed through. Our lodge guests in peak season pay prime rates and we therefore ensure that they recieve the best possible attention of the LODGE staff at all times. Unfortunately we are unable to predict the weather and when there is a downpour of more than 110mm in hours the grounds do become saturated.
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View from room T12.
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"
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