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“Wild coast at its best”
Review of Mbotyi River Lodge

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Mbotyi River Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Durban, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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“Wild coast at its best”
Reviewed 11 September 2016

This is the third time we have visited Mbotyi River Lodge, the first for 4 of our friends who came with us, we stayed four days and if it wasn't for the weather which wasn't great, would loved to have stayed much longer. From the time of booking to the time of departure, we were treated very well by all the staff, Blain was very accommodating with our requests of having baths in some rooms and showers in the others, the dining room staff were great, friendly and put up with all our nonsense with a smile on their faces. The food was great, nothing overly fancy but really very good with a great seafood evening on Saturday evening, although there weren't many people in the hotel, they still went out of their way to present a superb platter. The road is a bit of a mission but take it easy and you will make it with a normal car. My one and only gripe is that when one walks through the gate towards the beach, there is litter, broken bottles and all sorts lying around, surely one could send a member of staff to pick up the litter on a daily basis, I realize it's not the hotels property but it does make a negative impression the minute of walk out the gate. Other than that, it is a great place, and we will most certainly return.

Room Tip: All rooms have lovely views of either the lagoon or sea
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  • Stayed September 2016, travelled with friends
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Coleraine, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

One of the stars of the Wild Coast- it takes a bit of getting to, but it is quite do-able in a normal car. A beautiful setting and within reach of several waterfalls and other scenic highlights. Some of these, for example, Luphatana, are only accessible in 4x4 vehicles. The restaurant and bar are relaxed and have a relaxed and friendly ambience. Staff are helpful and friendly and food is good and ample.

Room Tip: Ask for a lagoon view
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  • Stayed August 2016, travelled on business
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 August 2016

We spent 5 days at Mbotyi River Lodge and loved every minute. Not posh or fancy, but has everything you could ask for: beautiful views, very comfortable room, friendly staff, knowledgeable guides, wonderful walks, lovely food, and blissfully quiet. We felt so welcome.

  • Stayed June 2016, travelled as a couple
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Juan S, General Manager at Mbotyi River Lodge, responded to this review, 5 August 2016
Hi Clare
Thank you for the awesome review we really appreciate it. You were such a pleasure to have
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

paradise at the end of a reasonable gravel road for about 25kms.....scenery is OUTSTANDING.staff, friendly, welcoming.
restaurant, basic but comfortable, food, old home style delicious.
thatch rooms facing lagoon, T5 as I had is poor. hope the other rooms are of better quality.

Room Tip: log cabins may be better.
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  • Stayed July 2016, travelled on business
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Juan S, General Manager at Mbotyi River Lodge, responded to this review, 1 August 2016
Thank you for the review. We greatly appreciate the feedback
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 16 May 2016

Looking for a remote beach holiday with a variety of activities, Mbotyi was the perfect destination. We enjoyed birding, canoeing, hiking to the waterfalls, the pleasure of an open and quiet beach and friendly and helpful staff.
We found the accommodation perfectly adequate with good food and wonderful seafood dinner dishes.

  • Stayed April 2016, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Mbotyi River Lodge

Property: Mbotyi River Lodge
Address: Pondoland, Mbotyi 4820, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Mbotyi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Mbotyi
Hotel Class:3 star — Mbotyi River Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 

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