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About Mbotyi River Lodge

Mbotyi River Lodge is situated at the mouth of the Mbotyi River on a wide tidal estuary. Nestled in rolling hills and lush tropical forest, this is the perfect place for anyone looking for a peaceful and tranquil holiday, or for the adventurous wanting to explore the many wild treasures and amazing adventures this coast has to offer.

Mbotyi is 27 km from Lusikisiki and is easily accessible by normal vehicle. Along both sides of the road to Mbotyi is the Magwa Tea Plantation, one of the largest in the world. It is wonderful driving through the green tea covered hills and valleys, reminiscent of a Noel Barbour novel about plantations in Ceylon, or rather Sri Lanka.

Before descending from the plateau, the landscape changes dramatically with deep gorges filled with lush vegetation and towering waterfalls, and a sharp descent through the Mqaba Forest teeming with fauna and flora waiting to be discovered. Mbotyi River Lodge is at the end of the road and offers the beginning of a new and wonderful adventure.

Rooms 201 and 202 are upgraded with magnificent sea, river, and beach views. They can be connected for families, but are individual rooms each with own bathroom and balcony. Upgraded rooms have fans, air-conditioning, TV, and small fridges. Room 201 has a bath and shower over the bath with a king-size bed, while Room 202 has a shower only with toilet and basin, and two single beds or one king-size bed.

Rooms 603 and 604 are standard sea-facing rooms. They are spacious and airy with wonderful views of the garden, pool, the surrounding hills, and the ocean. Room 604 has a bath with hand shower, and Room 603 has a shower only. Each room has its own private balcony and fan, with a queen-size bed. An additional single bed can be added if necessary.

There are a number of interesting and spectacular sites to be visited by car, mountain bike, horseback, or foot. Whales and dolphins are frequently sighted from one of the many vantage points at Mbotyi, especially during the annual sardine run, which occurs from June to August.

Experience the magic of horse riding along the foothills and beaches of the Mbotyi area. The horses belong to the local community, so you will be putting much needed revenue directly into the communities. Many first time riders return with smiles a mile wide from this exciting adventure. Rock, surf, and fly-fishing can all be enjoyed along the coast and on the estuary. More than 800 species of marine fish occur off the coast. Allow a friendly Mbotyi gillie to take you to the best spots.

One of Mbotyi’s main attractions is the pristine coastal forest that cloaks the hills overlooking the sea - the most extensive patch on the entire Wild Coast. A weekend spent bird-watching could produce over 180 species, and special birding outings can be arranged.

Mbotyi also offers a close up and personal experience to the ancient Pondo culture where you can enjoy a walk through rural villages and tribal lands. Ancient rituals which have been passed down from generation to generation are frequently performed by the resident Sangoma or medicine man.

You will find a warm welcome on arrival at Mbotyi, our smiling staff will make your stay a memorable one.

  • Type: Lodge
  • Sleeps: 30
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 5 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Credit Card Facilities

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans


  • 3 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
  • AA Highly Recommended
* Please enquire for further details.

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Reviews for Mbotyi River Lodge

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08 January 2014

Mboti River Lodge is an amazing place, even though the weather wasn't perfect, we enjoyed staying there a lot!

Jeremy and Pam Cooke, South Africa
21 February 2012

We thought that the lodge was excellent and the catering very good. The staff were friendly and helpful and we so enjoyed our break. It is not a great spot for fishing but has lovely swimming and walks. Thank you.

Ernst Koller, Switzerland
14 November 2011

This is were one can experience pure nature. The hike to the vast coastal formations with a delicious barbecue was sensational! We awarded five stars in all categories.

Carol McLoughlin, South Africa
03 October 2011

A wonderful haven of peace and tranquility (once you arrive at the lodge). Mbotyi is the ideal place to go to if you want to escape the busy rush of city life. Friendly people, good food and lots of lovely sights to see and things to do, or you can just enjoy total relaxation.

Megan Gorridon, South Africa
04 May 2011

What an amazing place to witness nature in all its splendour! The staff were excellent and really friendly. The hiking trails were also fantastic. Thank you for a great holiday!

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Mbotyi River Lodge Map

Mbotyi River Lodge is 2.4km from the centre of Mbotyi , the nearest airport 118.3km (Mthatha Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

Things to do in and around Mbotyi

First Beach

(26.6 km from Mbotyi)

Port St John's First Beach is a very popular fishing spot, where you are most likely to catch a good size prize on the end of your line. Not a good beach for swimming however, due to the numerous sharks that frequent the surf.

Isinuka Mud Caves and Sulphur Pools

(28.5 km from Mbotyi)

For a unique cultural experience, come and visit the natural sulphur springs; a traditional healing site to the Pondo people. Immerse yourself in the tradition by smothering yourself in the mud. Dry in the glorious sun and visit the sulphur pools...

The Gap and Blowhole

(28.5 km from Mbotyi)

This is a popular place to visit for visitors, as it has the most beautiful viewing spot for sea life. It is quite an adrenalin adventure as you climb down the ladder, and through the gap which is quite narrow. Just a little further on, you'll...

Bird's Nest Hike

(28.5 km from Mbotyi)

A beautiful hike through our indigenous forest, up to our the airstrip, which has the best view of the town, ocean and landscapes around Port St Johns. This is an average skill hike, and takes about three hours to finish.