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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 29 March 2015

We spent a few days here being spoilt and unwinding. Our spacious room and sheltered balcony did not let the weather get in the way and the view was beautiful and fascinating with kids crossing the river to school, cattle being herded by a horseman or golfing and soccer on the beach. All the staff were welcoming and helpful. THe...

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Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 14 February 2015 via mobile

We spent 3 nights with my sister and brother ( who was visiting from the UK ) at Mbotyi. Although the lodge is needing a bit of TLC, we still enjoyed ourselves immensely. We had sea and lagoon interleading rooms with aircon. The staff were very friendly and the food was good. We had great fun swimming in the sea,...

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3Thank Caroline K
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Reviewed 17 January 2015 via mobile

We stayed at Mbotyi River Lodge for 7 nights from 9 to 16 January. This was our 5th visit, our previous stay was in July 2010. After confirming our reservation, I read the Trip Advisor reviews and was rather concerned about the fact that there were several negative ones. However, my husband and sons agree that the lodge is just...

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3Thank DaleneBarnard
Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 12 January 2015

We only spent one night here, the out of the way lodge is quite basic and a little in need of an upgrade. Our room was spacious and very clean, the towels in the bathroom were fantastic! The food was pleasant and the staff were very helpful. The scenery on the drive into the Lodge is really beautiful and the...

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1Thank lulu008
embotyi1, Public Relations Manager at Mbotyi River Lodge, responded to this review

We only hope next time you stay with us longer. Thanking you for your feedback. Mbotyi River Lodge wishes you a fantastic 2015.

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 January 2015 via mobile

We spent 4 nights at Mboyti River lodge with my fiancé sister and family. Yes it is an all inclusive and could do with a little TLC, but we thoroughly enjoyed it - and it rained most of the time! The staff were very friendly the road there was fine, it was very scenic and we had a great time....

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

Thank you for the feedback. We appreciate all comments. We look forward to hosting your family again soon at Mbotyi River Lodge.

Reviewed 13 December 2014

The views at Mbotyi River Lodge are serene, with a tranquil setting, and provide a good location for relaxation. To some extent this is over shadowed by the need for change / an upgrade of the accommodation and real need for improvement of the food (we recently stayed at Ocean View Coffee Bay, which offered a cheaper accommodation, great food...

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3Thank TrevorBurchell
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 9 December 2014

The trip to Mbotyi was not helped by tge roadworks & sign removal on the N2 . after tackling the foggy conditions with care, we arrived at our destination. The first rooms were crummy not having been refurbished properly in years, We were later upgraded to Sea Facing Rooms which were a lot better. However I found a severe Flying...

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2Thank Topnotchted
Kokstad, South Africa
Reviewed 29 October 2014

15 of us recently (10 - 12 Oct 2014) went to Mbotyi Lodge for a friends 70th birthday...ages ranging from 10 to 70! It has to be the most accommodating, well balanced lodge on the Wild Coast. The staff are all friendly, happy and helpful and nothing is too much effort for them. They went out of their way to...

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

Hi Tiffy Thank you so much for such a lovely review. All of us at Mbotyi loved having you and your friends stay with us. We look forward to you returning. Mbotyi River Lodge

Grahamstown, South Africa
Reviewed 21 October 2014

As a person that cares for the surroundings and the beauty and conservation thereof it was most disturbing so be subjected to the double standards of the management of the lodge. The staff were wonderful and so very accommodating however you got the sense that a big black cloud of unhappiness was hanging over them. It is very apparent that...

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

We take accusations of double standards like this to heart at Mbotyi River Lodge. As a result, we have made numerous attempts to contact you to verify your stay as we can’t find any records of your booking. We have tried to contact you via the Tripadvisor link and have been unsuccessful, in order for us to take corrective action,...

Umkomaas, South Africa
Reviewed 16 July 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...

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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.

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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 

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Address: Pondoland, Mbotyi 4820, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Mbotyi
Hotel Class:3 star — Mbotyi River Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 48
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“Choose a room with a sea view or lagoon view”
 of 5 bubbles mary66v, 24 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Request a sea facing unit”
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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”
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“log cabins may be better.”
 of 5 bubbles N9434WFvictorr, 25 Jul 2016 | Read review
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