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ashah_008 wrote a review Jun 2012
Kenya184 contributions269 helpful votes
Emithini lodge is a place run by Cecil who rents the premises from Outspann inn. Cecil is a nice guy but the lodge itself does not offer good value for money. We paid R175pppn on a SC basis. The lodge desperately needs maintenance work - this place looks like it might have done 30 years ago. There was no shower in our room. The lighting in the room was so bad that we had to go out and buy some candles for the room. The toilet contsantly runs and the taps were leaking. The bathroom was also not the cleanest. Hot water not guaranteed all the time. On one of the days when all the rooms were booked, we didn't get any hot water. Overall the place was quite depressing. We didn't want to spend any time in the lodge and it was just as well that we were out every day. The only good thing about the place is that the sheets of the bed and the towels were clean. There was also a communal kitchen kitted with a microwave, gas stove and basic cutlery. The rooms have fridges and TVs (but basic channels only). The website of Emithini lodge (http://emithini.com/) claims that they have unsurpassed views of the Mzimvuba river mouth and Port St. Johns Bay. Note that there is no view and the pictures on the website presents a false representation of what the lodge actually looks like. The website also says that the place is "totally upgraded Emithini Lodge" which is definitely not the case.If we could do it all over again we would have rather stayed in Cremorne estate or Jungle Monkey backpackers (R220 pppn on SC for a private room). In terms of activities to do, you'll either need to do all your homework beforehand or speak to Mike at Jungle Monkey backpackers. There is a tourist information point in St Johns, but the guys couldn't really tell us what there was to do, distances, etc. Also be warned that a lot of the activities are a considerable distance away from Port St Johns and some of them require a 4WD due to the poor condition of the roads. The infrastructure in the area is also very poor and there are no signs or maps to get to any points of interest. In Port Saint Johns: Sardine run - This is a must if you're here during the sardine run period. We used offshore Africa (also known as Diving with Sharks). A professional outfit run by Rob and Debbie and is the only operator based in town. There are other operators who travel in from Durban but will not offer a day trip out to the water. Airstrip view point - Good view of the town and best to go during the sunset. Silaka Nature Reserve - 7km from the town. It's a small reserve with 2 hiking trails - one coastal and one through the bush. The bush trail is not marked and you'll need to book a guide in advance. The coastal trail is quite scenic and there's also access to the third beach from the reserve. R20 pp entry fee. You don't need a 4WD for this reserve. Out of Port Saint Johns: Hluleka Nature Reserve - Almost 2 hours drive from town. Roads are bad but do-able with a 2WD. Very nice estuary beach. Although claims to have hiking trails, were all closed when we went. One main road to drive along with scenic views of the coast line. Coffee Bay - 2.5 hours drive away. Worth a visit, driving through the scenic rural areas. Nice estaury beach. Mkambati Nature Reserve - You need a 4WD to get here. Is pretty far from town and you need to get here via Flagstaff. Mbotyi and Waterfall Bluff - Also about 2 hours drive. You need a 4WD to get to the waterfall, otherwise it's apprarently a 12km hike to the waterfall from the furthest point that a 2WD can get to. Worth a visit to Mbotyi, passing tea plantations and a very scenic coastline.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Emithini Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Emithini Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Silaka Nature Reserve (3.6 km), Dwesa Nature Reserve (3.3 km), and Poenskop Beach (4.0 km).
What are some restaurants close to Emithini Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Steve's Pub & Restaurant, The Waterfront, and Cafe 167.