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“Fantastic beach walks”
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Mbotyi River Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
360 reviews
46 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic beach walks”
Reviewed 16 April 2017

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 several small coves is a pure delight.
The staff in the Lodge are enthusiastic and helpful. The food is superb, albeit from a very limited menu.

  • Stayed April 2017, travelled as a couple
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London, Canada
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

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 at Mbotyi - long since gone.

Given all the horror stories we had heard about the Wild Coast and Pondoland in particular, we wondered what would await us. Yes there were some dreadful things which happened in the wake of Chris Hani's assassination, but that was over twenty years ago! But what of the roads? We checked out with friends in Kokstad who assured us all would be fine and that most who complained were basing it on ancient history. So tar all the way to Lusikisiki, then a reasonable dirt road thereafter - the steep descent through the forests to Mbotyi are also tarred for easier access. But if you're worried, just check with the lodge - you don't need a 4x4 or high clearance vehicle. Just take your time and enjoy the trip.

Several of our party stayed at the Lodge and loved it. Don't expect a five star restaurant and gourmet food - this is not one of those fancy eco lodges reserved for those with hard currencies!! But you will have good food, a great pub, and super, comfortable rooms - with spectacular views of the beach.

There's lots to see and do - or just simply veg on the beach and chill!. The Magwa falls are spectacular and a must visit - what a paradise this could be for eco tourists!! Do wander north up the beach as far as you can go (about 4 k) - and, then, if you're energetic, continue on the path as it ascends sugar mountain. `Climb up to the top of the sugar mountain to see the rugged coastline to the north of you - to the south are the endless beaches of this glorious, and still unspoilt coast. And for those of you who love to fish, this has to be one of the best fishing spots in SA. Get a local guide - the lodge will help you - and go do your thing!

We must have stressed the lodge catering staff as we planned a banquet for nearly thirty people - it was a 70th birthday dinner and folks had come from around the country and as far away as Toronto, Canada. The staff pulled out all stops and really we could not have been happier.

So do go - the rates are reasonable. If self catering is your thing, they do have a cottage and an adjacent camping ground. Some of our party stayed in those and were very happy. So no excuses - just go do it!!

  • Stayed January 2017, travelled with family
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

We had a wonderful family celebration at Mboyti River lodge in february.
The location is stunning with a relaxed chilled atmosphere.
Food is good and rooms are clean and very comfortable and serviced daily.
Beautiful sea views from sea facing rooms.
The staff are very welcoming, friendly and helpful and went out of their way to make sure we had a wonderful celebration for 26 family members.
Beautiful walks, day trips to various stunning falls, unspoilt beaches.
We loved seeing cows happy on the beach and crossing rivers.
Various outings with guides , 4x4 trips and birding outings can be arranged at reception.
So if you are looking for a relaxed family holiday to recharge your batteries in the most stunning location, Mboyti is the place for you.

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  • Stayed February 2017, travelled with family
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

Our first visit to this gem... definitely would be back and would make sure to use all the attractions available. Love the setting. Enjoyed the food and great hospitality. Beautiful surroundings. Lots to see in the area.

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  • Stayed January 2017, travelled with family
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bluffton, SC
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Reviewed 16 January 2017

This was our first time to Mbotyi and as long as your expectations are in line you will have a fabulous, relaxing experience. If you are looking for luxury then this is not the place for you. If you want a chilled resort, with good food, that goes out of it's way to make you comfortable then this is the place for you. Rooms are clean and simple, but the location is fantastic. Hiking, beaches, birding and sight seeing are world-class here. Make sure you visit Magwa, Angel and most of all Fraser Falls. They are simply stunning and can all be seen on a short journey from the hotel.

  • Stayed December 2016, travelled with family
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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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