Don't write off Mseni on base of those bad reviews here. But do yourself a favour and make sure you book self catering chalet. There is difference in standard between the two types, self catering chalets being better equipped. You can still eat in the restaurant if you want, there are also couple of restaurants outside the park gates.
The restaurant was ok for dinner, I don't agree about it being a rip off... But then again, I'm used to Joburg prices. The prices are comparable to Spur, so is menu (but with less selection).
Staff were very helpful and doing their best to make our stay pleasant.
Looking at service - remember, that there is only one small town close to Sodwana and all workforce comes from there.
They might not always be the most qualified people, but they will do what you ask them to ONCE they understood what you want. This is often the case in rular places in South Africa.
The only issue we had was with sewage system, but this was fixed within hour after we complained.
Overall, we had fantastic time and find lodge good value for money.
There is only one other place to stay in Sodwana that is within the park itself (Coral Divers), and I heard that they are good. But they are often booked out with divers.
Rather stay in Mseni than outside the park, especially if you are there for diving. You will save time in the morning as you won't have to queue to the park gates (you can only access beach this way!)
Last but not least, Mseni has private access to beautiful beach. The path leads from the restaurant area, it takes pleasant 3 minutes of forrest walk to get there. Amazing!
- Also Known As:
- Mseni Lodge Sodwana, Africa