Nestled in a beautiful setting of palms and tropical plants, above the broad beach, Mazeppa Bay Hotel 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 has 3 stars, and is AA Highly Recommended, with a choice of family or double rooms, as well as two honeymoon suits.
The hotel boasts a tennis court, full size snooker table, beach volley ball, table tennis, a trampoline for the children, DSTV in the communal television lounge, and two bars in which to enjoy sundowners after a long day on the beach and rocks.
Mazeppa Bay has a 550 m landing strip for light air craft and a Helipad. The hotel also offers transfers to and from East London airport, which is a two and half hour drive away.
The rates are very affordable and include three home cooked meals per day. We have a seafood dinner on a Saturday night, and a mini seafood dinner on a Wednesday night, with favorable rates for children. There is also a baby sitting facility for parents that feel they need a break.
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. 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. Mazeppa Bay Hotel will enchant you!
Accommodation at Mazeppa Bay Hotel:
Accommodation options include:
- Honeymoon Suite
- Standard Units
- Budget Rooms
- Family Rooms
All thatched with tile floors. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities. No air-conditioning, televisions or telephones in any rooms.
All rates include three meals per day.
Mazeppa Bay is one of the most notable fishing spots on the Wild Coast. Within easy walking distance of the broad and spectacular Qora River estuary, anglers can choose lagoon, river or rock fishing. Due to the steep continental shelf, Mazeppa Bay has much appeal for the game and shark fisherman. Fresh bait for sale in the bar.
Hiking and walking are popular pastimes – Kob Inn is a mere 6 km hike from the hotel and the Cebe nature reserve a 17 km hike. There are numerous trails to choose from – all fringed with ancient trees and a wonderful variety of flowering shrubs, plants, tropical flowers and exotic birdlife. The peace can be quite eerie at times, especially for city folk not used to the silence!
The more energetic can try sand boarding on the giant dunes, mountain biking, canoeing or enjoy games of beach volleyball or tennis. The trampoline and kiddies playground, nanny supervision available on request, will ensure the little ones are also catered for.
64 km's off the N2 north of Butterworth. The 58 km gravel road will bring guests straight to our gate!