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About Mazeppa Bay Hotel

Nestled in a beautiful setting of palms and tropical plants above the broad beach, Mazeppa Bay is characterized by its own island. Depending on the tide, this is sometimes only accessible by a quaint suspension bridge which joins the island to the main beach. Mazeppa derives its name from the ship, the Mazeppa. The ship was captained by a CJ Cato, on its way to Delagoa Bay from Port Natal in 1842. The Mazeppa was in search of a British man-of war to rescue the garrison, which had been besieged by the Boers. The captain steered the ship into what is now known as Mazeppa Bay for shelter and ran aground. Legend has it that its ruins are buried under the sand dunes at Mazeppa Bay.

Mazeppa Bay Hotel was taken over by its current owners in 1995. The hotel itself was in quite a state of disrepair and much love and hard work was put into the hotel to make it what it is today. Mazeppa Bay Hotel offers a choice of family or double rooms as well as two honeymoon suites. Our rates are very affordable and include three home-cooked meals per day. We also offer a seafood dinner on Saturday nights and a mini seafood dinner on Wednesday nights, with favourable rates for children. In addition a baby-sitting facility is available for parents that feel they need a break.

Hotel facilities include a tennis court, full-size snooker table, beach volley ball, table tennis, a trampoline for the children, DStv in the communal TV lounge, and two bars in which to enjoy sundowners after a long day on the beach and rocks. Mazeppa Bay has a 550 metre landing strip for light aircraft, as well as a helipad. The hotel also offers transfers to and from East London airport, which is a two-and-a-half hour drive away.

There are many attractions at Mazeppa, the main one being angling due to the steep continental shelf. Mazeppa has much appeal for the game and shark fisherman and there is always a place to find shelter and a good fishing spot when the wind is blowing. Mazeppa also has its own registered boat launch off the beach. Tackle and bait are for sale at the hotel and there are also rods and reels for hire.

The bird life at Mazeppa is quite spectacular and this can be experienced by going on one of the many walks around the hotel, the Manubi Indigenous Forest being a particular delight for bird and plant lovers alike. Other walks include the one across One Mile beach to the One Mile rocks at the end of the beach, where a patrol plane crashed during World War II while trying to make an emergency landing on the beach.

Mazeppa Bay Hotel has kept its old-style charm which keeps families coming back generation after generation, where friends are made and people have a chance to take a step back from their busy lives to really relax with their loved ones. So take your shoes off, and relax. Come and experience our little piece of paradise.

Beach: Located within easy walking distance to the beach.

  • Response Rate: 96%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 7 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Hotel
  • Sleeps: 125
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 9 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Gym
  • Satellite TV*
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Mazeppa Bay Hotel Rooms

Reviews for Mazeppa Bay Hotel

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Tiaan Schoombie
16 July 2018

Everything, the setting, vibe, the peace and tranquility.

Grace Fuller
02 May 2018

I had an amazing time.... wouldn't change anything

Melanie Thompson
22 March 2018

Really enjoyed our stay and wished we could stay longer. Will certainly be back for a longer stay.

Louna Grieb
09 November 2017

Gerald,Charmaine and Robert is absolute wonderful ambassador's for Mezeppa Bay Hotel. When I walked into reception I felt welcome till the minute I walked out. The atmosphere was happy all the time and I really felt like staying longer.We will definitely come back!!!

Jan Mostert
08 September 2017

We loved the amazing scenery of the surrounding coastline, with whale and dolphin sightings aplenty. The hotel was OK for the most part.

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Mazeppa Bay Hotel Map

Mazeppa Bay Hotel is 0.6km from the centre of Mazeppa Bay , the nearest airport 103.3km (Mthatha Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

Things to do in and around Mazeppa Bay

Mazeppa Bay First Beach

(0.6 km from Mazeppa Bay)

Mazeppa Bay is a small village located on the Wild Coast. The area is particularly famous for fishing. First Beach is lined with palm trees and has a 100 m suspension bridge which you can walk over to reach Mazeppa's renowned island. The island is...

Mazeppa Bay Second Beach

(0.6 km from Mazeppa Bay)

Mazeppa Bay is a small fishing village located on the Wild Coast. Second Beach lies to the south of the lagoon and is within walking distance of First Beach. It is great for taking a long walk by yourself and collecting an amazing variety of shells....

Wild Coast Amble

(4.8 km from Mazeppa Bay)

Starting at one of the beach hotels at Qolora River Mouth, this scenic slackpacking trail takes an easy route down the Wild Coast. The first 12 km walk ends at Morgan Bay. From there, the following 2 nights are spent at Haga Haga, Cintsa East and...

Qolora Beach

(31.6 km from Mazeppa Bay)

Qolora Beach is situated on the beautiful Wild Coast of South Africa and is frequented by herds of cattle, a variety of sea life, and local fishermen. There is a lagoon leading from the beach to the Qolora River Mouth. Activities include fishing,...