Mbotyi is an ideal place to spend a few days of rest and relaxation. Secluded beaches, the warmth of the Indian Ocean and a beautiful lagoon just metres away offer plenty of opportunity to swim, to surf, to paddle a canoe or to fish. For the more adventurous there are the forests to explore – home to over a hundred species of birds and even more botanical specimens that are unique to the area. There are spectacular waterfalls and the dramatically rugged coastline for the hiker to become acquainted with. Over the few days I was there a young, enthusiastic and need I say ‘fit” couple took their bikes on daily rides over undulating grasslands and through tiny clusters of communities dotted with thatched rondavels painted in sea blue, apricot, pink and white. The local Pondo people still have little today in the way of possessions but much in the way of friendship and hospitality.
The Wild Coast as it is commonly known, is a place where ancient magic is still a force and where the skeletal remains of shipwrecks bear testimony to this coastline – so if it is culture and history that takes your fancy there is plenty to see and do. One such trip was my ride in an open game vehicle, christened by Tuffy as the ‘Road to Nowhere’ – a folly that offers spectacular views along this pristine coastline and across untouched forests and a stop-off for a beer or two with folk in a community shebeen (bar). It being Sunday it was business as usual for the herd boys of the village who, football in hand, whistled their Nguni cattle down the rolling green hills in the late afternoon to the safety of their kraal. It was still light and time for a small detour up the valley to find Tuffy’s young foal. Apples and carrots replaced the traditional, first birthday presents but it was a moment to remember. This is the nature of Mbotyi – simple, but caring and sharing.
The smell of the sea, the purity of the air and the natural beauty of the setting combined to make this a special few days – a journey worth repeating. Maybe I will come again in July, when the narrow, continental shelf off the Pondoland coast hosts the annual Sardine migration, with its ‘cavalry’ of whales, dolphins, sharks, game fish and gannets in hot pursuit? This is a spectacle that National Geographic describes as the most exciting diving experience in the world (see Richard Attenborough’s BBC ‘Nature’s Greatest Events’ Series)
Mbotyi is not one of those places that is ‘just round the ‘corner’ but it is easily accessible. The roads are tarred to within 19kms. of the Resort but as Nita says: “the beauty of the scenic drive forgives the odd pothole”.
Rates at this Lodge are as follows:
Out of Season - Dinner Bed & Breakfast 03 May 2011 - 12 December 2011
Lagoon Facing Std. RoomR620 pppn sharing
Sea Facing Std. RoomR655 pppn sharing
Up-graded Sea Facing RoomR795 pppn sharing
High Peak Season - Full Board 13 December 2011 - 12 January 2012
Lagoon Facing Std. RoomR860 pppn sharing
Sea Facing Std. RoomR1080 pppn sharing
Up-graded Sea Facing RoomR1220 pppn sharing
- A single supplement of 50% will apply
- Children under 2 are free, 2 year old pays 20%, 3 year old pays 30%, 4 year old pays 40%, 5-11 year olds pay 50%. These rates apply if children stay in the room with parents. (Max. 2 children)
- For children (up to a maximum of 2) staying in an adjoining room, the 1st child is liable for the full rate and the other for 50%.
Should you require a package which could include a guided hiking trail, a scenic drive to the waterfalls, a beach picnic or other available activity this can be organised with the Lodge.