Best things to do in Mbotyi

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Mbotyi River Lodge is a slice of heaven far from the humdrum of city life and modern hustle and bustle. That’s not to say it’s not comfortable, far from it, it’s extremely comfortable. At Mbotyi River Lodge on the wild coast you can enjoy the stunning setting alongside the lagoon overlooking our beautiful sandy beach.

The team at the lodge is flexible, professional and willing to go the extra mile when hosting conference and team building groups.

The lodge can comfortably host 70 people sharing the lodge and the campsite huts can sleep another 22. They can also accommodate up to 60 delegates in cinema style seating – and 35 delegates in U shape conference seating.

Mbotyi is fortunate to have to have so many different biozones. They have an indigenous forest, the Ntsubane, which is one of the largest in the country. There are large tree plantations as well as the enormous Magwa tea plantation. There are a number of rivers in the area and also the very large lagoon estuary of the Mbotyi River. They are thus, hosts to a very large variety of birds and butterflies.

Guided walks are from the lodge are very popular and picnic baskets can be supplied for birders wanting to spend time in the forest.

Paddle out on the beautiful tranquil lagoon in a canoe and watch the Fish Eagle catch his dinner or enjoy the unusual sight of a herd of Nguni cattle bathing in the lagoon. There are several canoes available.

Cast a line from the surf or the rocky ledges or go fly-fishing in the lagoon. Mbotyi is a fisherman’s dream. The wide lagoon estuary is perfect breeding ground for many species. Bait is available at the lodge as well as knowledgeable gillies from the community. Please remember to bring a valid fishing license, they are available from any Post Office.

There are numerous hiking trails to explore the mysterious indigenous forests, towering waterfalls or the spectacular coast. Some hikes take you through the village where you can experience true Pondo culture, meet with the rural folk who still live according to their traditions and share in their daily lives. The hikes vary from a gentle stroll to a daunting 28 kilometre trail or a climb down into the gorge to stand under a 110 metre waterfall and swim in a crystal clear pools.

There are a variety of mapped trails in the Mbotyi vicinity for both the experienced mountain bikers looking for a challenge and the leisure cyclist looking for a gentle meander around the area. These trails take you through the forest, up on to the grassland escarpment as well as through the magnificent tea plantation.

Join a trip in the open 4x4 (LandRover) to visit special seldom visited sites and get to view the magical views of Mbotyi and its surroundings. Picnics baskets can be arranged for either a lunch outing at one of the picnic sites or sundowners up on the hill overlooking the ocean.

During June/July the spectacular annual Sardine Run takes place along the Wild Coast. There is no better place to be than Mbotyi where there are numerous vantage points to appreciate the frantic activity in the Indian Ocean. Whales, dolphins, sharks, gannets and seals feast on the vast shoals of sardines along the coast. Foreign divers come annually to experience this amazing spectacle under water.

Mbotyi has an abundance of spectacular waterfalls, some tumbling into narrow gorges more than a 100 metres deep, others over the edge of a cliff. There are waterfalls one can hike to, such as the well-known Waterfall Bluff, which falls directly into the Indian Ocean. Some guests also drive to Magwa or Fraser Falls in an open game viewing vehicle. You can also swim under a waterfall or in a clear rock pool in the forest.

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About

Mbotyi River Lodge is a slice of heaven far from the humdrum of city life and modern hustle and bustle. That’s not to say it’s not comfortable, far from it, it’s extremely comfortable. At Mbotyi River Lodge on the wild coast you can enjoy the stunning setting alongside the lagoon overlooking our beautiful sandy beach.

The team at the lodge is flexible, professional and willing to go the extra mile when hosting conference and team building groups.

The lodge can comfortably host 70 people sharing the lodge and the campsite huts can sleep another 22. They can also accommodate up to 60 delegates in cinema style seating – and 35 delegates in U shape conference seating.

Mbotyi is fortunate to have to have so many different biozones. They have an indigenous forest, the Ntsubane, which is one of the largest in the country. There are large tree plantations as well as the enormous Magwa tea plantation. There are a number of rivers in the area and also the very large lagoon estuary of the Mbotyi River. They are thus, hosts to a very large variety of birds and butterflies.

Guided walks are from the lodge are very popular and picnic baskets can be supplied for birders wanting to spend time in the forest.

Paddle out on the beautiful tranquil lagoon in a canoe and watch the Fish Eagle catch his dinner or enjoy the unusual sight of a herd of Nguni cattle bathing in the lagoon. There are several canoes available.

Cast a line from the surf or the rocky ledges or go fly-fishing in the lagoon. Mbotyi is a fisherman’s dream. The wide lagoon estuary is perfect breeding ground for many species. Bait is available at the lodge as well as knowledgeable gillies from the community. Please remember to bring a valid fishing license, they are available from any Post Office.

There are numerous hiking trails to explore the mysterious indigenous forests, towering waterfalls or the spectacular coast. Some hikes take you through the village where you can experience true Pondo culture, meet with the rural folk who still live according to their traditions and share in their daily lives. The hikes vary from a gentle stroll to a daunting 28 kilometre trail or a climb down into the gorge to stand under a 110 metre waterfall and swim in a crystal clear pools.

There are a variety of mapped trails in the Mbotyi vicinity for both the experienced mountain bikers looking for a challenge and the leisure cyclist looking for a gentle meander around the area. These trails take you through the forest, up on to the grassland escarpment as well as through the magnificent tea plantation.

Join a trip in the open 4x4 (LandRover) to visit special seldom visited sites and get to view the magical views of Mbotyi and its surroundings. Picnics baskets can be arranged for either a lunch outing at one of the picnic sites or sundowners up on the hill overlooking the ocean.

During June/July the spectacular annual Sardine Run takes place along the Wild Coast. There is no better place to be than Mbotyi where there are numerous vantage points to appreciate the frantic activity in the Indian Ocean. Whales, dolphins, sharks, gannets and seals feast on the vast shoals of sardines along the coast. Foreign divers come annually to experience this amazing spectacle under water.

Mbotyi has an abundance of spectacular waterfalls, some tumbling into narrow gorges more than a 100 metres deep, others over the edge of a cliff. There are waterfalls one can hike to, such as the well-known Waterfall Bluff, which falls directly into the Indian Ocean. Some guests also drive to Magwa or Fraser Falls in an open game viewing vehicle. You can also swim under a waterfall or in a clear rock pool in the forest.

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