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bluffton, SC
Reviewed 1 week ago

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...

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Johannesburg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful three nights in this hotel. The grounds are well kept, the pool refreshing and the beach beautiful. We braved the 28km hike to waterfall bluff which was tough but worth it. Unfortunately there was some confusion around the cost, the reception told us it would be R250 for two, but the guide expected R250 each. Food...

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Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Lovely campsite with clean ablutions. Far from the beach (no seaview). The people at Mbotyi River Lodge were very unhelpful and NOT accomodating towards the campers at all. We were not allowed to use any of the lodge's facilities (not even the use of the shop to buy ice, water etc). It states on the website that campers may use...

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Juan S, General Manager at Mbotyi River Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Bianca My apologies that you did not enjoy yourself. The campsite is actually a community based project in total and we assist them only with their bookings as a service to the community for no charge. During season our lodge guests pay prime and look for their privacy without having to fight for a space in the pool or...

Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

We stayed for one night during our SA tour and truely enjoyed our time at Mbotyi River Lodge! We were greeted by the owner upon arrival (it is some 24km of dirt road but doable by car) and showed around the premises. Our room was cosy and clean, beds pretty comfy. We went for a hike along the beach and...

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Juan S, General Manager at Mbotyi River Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. It is truly appreciate and we are happy you enjoyed your stay with us.

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

After running 21km we stumbled through the gate & into the pool. We organised drinks at the bar & were called for toasted sandwiches in the restaurant. The rooms were clean & practical. The view stunning. The toilets a bit prone to break after 1st flush, but quickly fixed. Thin walls makes for limited privacy and lots of noise from...

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Durban, South Africa
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...

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Coleraine, United Kingdom
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...

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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.

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Juan S, General Manager at Mbotyi River Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Clare Thank you for the awesome review we really appreciate it. You were such a pleasure to have

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.

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Juan S, General Manager at Mbotyi River Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. We greatly appreciate the feedback

Johannesburg, South Africa
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.

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Thank you for the review. We greatly appreciate the feedback

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Spa
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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 

Additional Information about Mbotyi River Lodge

Address: Pondoland, Mbotyi 4820, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Mbotyi
Price Range: RM472 - RM538 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mbotyi River Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 48
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“All rooms have lovely views of either the lagoon or sea”
 of 5 bubbles Lesley1222, 11 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a lagoon view”
 of 5 bubbles Zotsha, 6 Sep 2016 | Read review
“log cabins may be better.”
 of 5 bubbles N9434WFvictorr, 25 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Rooms in the front have best views.”
 of 5 bubbles Gav_Jones1, 11 May 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are lagoon or sea facing”
 of 5 bubbles simonesF7148YG, 1 May 2016 | Read review
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