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3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Pondoland, Mbotyi, South Africa
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Umkomaas, South Africa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My hubby and I stopped in at Mbotyi River Lodge, we had not booked a room but enquired about having a meal. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. Everyone made us feel very welcome. The atmosphere was awesome with the fire place in the dining room. We had the set dinner menu and it was great, very tasty. We... More

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embotyi1, Manager at Mbotyi River Lodge, responded to this review

It was an absolute pleasure.. we look forward to hosting you soon. Regards the Mbotyi Team. More

Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This would have to be one of the most beautiful spots on the Wild Coast. We were here as scuba divers to follow the Sardine Run. The accommodation was spacious and spotlessly clean with the plus of amazing views if you get one of the front locations. There is a fridge and tea and coffee making in the room.We were... More

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a great location if you are looking for a super quiet vacation - lodge is 6hrs drive from Durban airport. There is a lot of hiking, biking you can do around. Bar is reasonably well equipped and drinks are very reasonable priced. Pool tables & table-tennis is available in case of bad weather. We stayed in this lodge... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We have visited Mbotyi several times in the past, with our last visit September 2013. We stayed in a sea facing log cabin. On arrival we poured ourselves drinks on the cabin patio and sat and stared at the beautiful surroundings. The hotel served good meals - breakfast and dinner included. We enjoyed a barbeque for every lunch. Time spent... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

It is a beautiful setting where you feel at home. We arrived late that night and they had no problem to accommodate us and serve us dinner although the kitchen was already closed. The food we very good and the service good. They went out of their way to make our stay comfortable. The only negative comment is that the... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Such a beautiful setting, but the lack of proper management really let's down this attraction. The food is very poor and the service is shocking. Very overpriced and a pity as with upgrading of rooms and service the views could be worthwhile

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Cologne, Germany
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

It has been as nice at it was 2 1/2 year ago !! The owneress - Nita Ross - has been present and around and she is my star !! Friendly ,helpful and very competent !! They are doing all for you : Dinner was very good ,breakfast great and service is great !! There has been a problem with... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Stayed there last month and the views are wonderful. The public areas are good, I liked the comfortable seating. The food was a bit of a hit or a miss and you wouldn't have to be in a hurry. The accommodation was really pretty tired and not as clean as it could be - cracked toilet bowl, broken flooring, damaged... More

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

A few weeks ago some friends and I were running down the Wild Coast and overnighted at Mboyti Lodge. Nothing was too much for the staff at Mboyti to help us - afternoon sandwiches for hungry runners, extra fruit at dinner, a rush laundry job and breakfast at 05h30 in the morning and delicious lunch packs for our next day... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

My wife and I do a lot of local and international travelling and have by far experienced the best service of any South African establishment at Mboyti River Lodge. A very personal touch, great food and beautiful location. Well done guys

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Address: Pondoland, Mbotyi, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Mbotyi
Hotel Class:3 star — Mbotyi River Lodge 3*

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