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“perfect location...captive market.” 3 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Pondoland, Mbotyi, South Africa   |  
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Drakensberg, KZN
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“perfect location...captive market.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2011

I joined my husband's family for Christmas at Mbotyi and all-in-all enjoyed the stay in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, however there were a couple of hiccups that if rectified would make this hotel worthy of its perfect location. As a group with very diverse interests the area offered us all something, whether it was fishing, mountain-biking, hiking or lazing. I would recommend this spot as there isn't really an alternative that doesn't involve self-catering or camping. The hotel is very lucky to have a captive market - it's location and the lack of alternatives would make me turn a blind eye to the iffy food and basic accommodation and go back there with my friends and family tomorrow.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2010

Spent 6 days there and although it was raining a lot we had a wonderful time. Perfect service and food, beautiful bar, lounge etc. very friendly staff and managers.
The surrounding is stunning, ocean view and green hills spotted with the Pondos rondavels. Local people extremly friendly, very peacefule athmosphere everywhere. Beautiful hiking possiblities, the walks worked out by the general manager and local guides.Waterfalls, Magwa tea plantation, lonely and clean beaches....etc.etc.etc.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2010

Having left Lusikisiki we travelled down a gravel road through the tea plantations of Magwa, which were even greener than the rest of Pondoland, finally arriving at the beautiful setting of Mbotyi River Lodge overlooking the Indian Ocean and the river mouth, well worth every bit of the last 20km drive with the last few kms on a concrete road through the forest.
On arrival we were met with unparallel professionalism by both management and staff, and brought to our room (with a/c) with stoep overlooking the ocean and horses cantering along the beach, where the sea is warm and the lagoon even warmer.
Mobotyi(eM-boy-key) River Lodge is just that, a River Lodge, which earns more than it's SA *** accreditation in all respects. With the beach, set between the rolling hills of Transkei, on the doorstep there is no long walk back for a light lunch which includes salads, most greens coming from their own vegetable garden or for that wonderful dinner with rock oysters, crayfish and other seafood. The staff are outstanding and reflect the smiles and professionalism of the happy management as if they are your friends, which percolates through to all the guests. This is a family hotel so it is well organised for children/teenagers without infringing on quietness and solitude that others may prefer, so you will be lucky to get a booking at peak periods, it took us a number of attempts.
I won't go into all the superlatives here as they can be found on the website, with photos that reflect reality. I won't comment on value for money lest they increase their prices.
If you want to know more about this outstanding location, simple just go and stay there, you won't regret it.
As their website says, "We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open."

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Mbotyi River Lodge

Address: Pondoland, Mbotyi, South Africa
Location: 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 Specialty 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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