Mazeppa Bay


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 Bay Hotel has a very relaxed atmosphere, where guests can be comfortable to walk around without shoes and leave the stresses of everyday life behind – including the shopping malls!

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 TV 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. With a seafood dinner on a Saturday and a mini seafood dinner on a Wednesday, with favorable rates for children. There are also baby sitting facilities 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, for holders of a valid skippers ticket.
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.

Come and experience our little piece of paradise. Mazeppa Bay Hotel will enchant you!

Hostels, Travel

Unique Holiday Experiences in South Africa

Although we believe Mazeppa Bay to be the most beautiful holiday location in South Africa, there are, believe it or not still a couple of other gems to be discovered. Travel to these wonderful South African locations and find unique accommodation you will never forget. For most of our guests inquiring about travelling to the Mother City, home of Table Mountain, we most often recommend Ashanti Lodge Cape Town backpackers due to it’s outstanding reputation and being one of the most trusted hostels in Cape Town with a history spanning more than 20 years.

Fairview Towers

It took eighteen months to renovate two old silos, that used to store cattle feed, into a four-storey holiday dwelling.  The Towers can accommodate up to eight people, consisting of two master bedrooms on the first floor with queen size beds and the children sleep in the two ground floor bedrooms. The third floor contains the open plan kitchen and the main living space. On the top floor you have the open Lapa area where you are free to braai and can enjoy the amazing farmland scenery. There is a wooden staircase which allows you access to all of the four floors. The furniture and interior decoration gives the rooms a country atmosphere. The Towers are located on the Fairview Estates Farm in Fouriesburg. Fairview Estates also offer alternative accommodation with their converted park home and beautiful cottage. If you are the energetic type you can explore the nearby Maluto Mountains.

Contact: 082 377 5222

Mashovhela Bush Lodge

This Lodge offers Venda-style chalets, but it is far more exciting to sleep outside in one of the exclusive hammocks attached to the trees. At this “Hammock Camp”, as it is referred, you are able to stargaze with a telescope, and the star-guide explains the heavenly bodies that you can see and also gives the guests a local story of their Venda culture. It is recommended that you visit the Mashovhela rock pool with its amazing waterfall. If you are a butterfly and bird lover this is the place to be as they boast of over 300 different species.

Located on the Morning Sun Reserve along the N1, Louis Trichardt

Contact: 079 427 6333

Forum Homini Hotel

Only a half an hour drive from Sandton, the Forum Homini Hotel offers a unique cave dwelling accommodation with a five star rating. The cave has 14 suites with grass covered rooms, double showers, a cosy fireplace and stalactite lighting in the ceiling. There are a further 2 deluxe suits which also boast an outside Jacuzzi. Although the hotel accommodation is amazing the food is the main attraction which includes a six course dinner and five course breakfast. The dinner is deliberately slowed down in order to enjoy the food properly and each course is accompanied with a different wine.

Located in Kromdraai Road in Krugersdorp

Contact: 011 668 7000

The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa

This hotel used to be a power station and has now been transformed into a five star hotel.  It is situated on the Thesen Island less than a kilometre from the town of Knysna. It is amazing to see how all the old equipment, generator turbines and boilers, have been refurbished and form part of the hotels interior décor. The hotel consists of 24 rooms and suites with some rooms having balconies, while all the ground floor rooms have their own garden. There is a restaurant that seats 90 people for most of your meals and also a Turbine Tapas Bar where light meals are served. There is also a pool deck available which has a view over the canal and light meals can also be enjoyed there.

Location: 36 Sawtooth Lane, Thesen Island in Knysna

Contact: 044 302 5746

The Oxwagon Lodge

This is ideal for someone who would want to experience accommodation like the old Voortrekkers did. These old original ox wagons have been restored with some modern comforts to allow the guests to feel what the Voortrekkers experienced on their long journeys.  It is an amazing experience as all the guests get together around the braai and socialise.  Apart from the ox-wagons there is also an old double decker bus that has been revamped with 4 single beds and 14 bunks.

The Lodge can be found at the Hartbeespoort Dam.

Contact: 078 075 0720

Kagga Kamma, Cederberg South

These are circular huts or cave rooms that have been built between huge sandstone rock formations. For the more courageous you can sleep in the open air on an outcrop of rock and have nature as your walls. This accommodation is situated in the Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve which offers ancient rock paintings, fauna and flora and beautiful starry night skies. Trips to Kagga Kamma can also be reserved via the travel centre at Ashanti backpackers Cape Town, who often have access to unique deals on specific tours and trips.

Contact: 021 872 4343

Tsala Treetop Lodge

These treetop suits are situated on the Garden Route between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Access to your private treetop suit is via an elevated wooden walkway. This walkway also links all the treetop suits to the main lodge. Each suit has its own private pool and the scenery of the surrounding forests is breath-taking. Although it appears to be secluded it is very near to all the Garden Route amenities and attractions.

Contact: 044 501 1111

Explore, South Africa

Explore South Africa

There is a huge variety of Durban hotels to pick from, including five star luxury resorts for your backpacker dorms. Most of hotels in Durban are found along Durban beachfront, with an ever growing amount of the hotels heading north of the beach resort of Umhlanga Rocks. With the staging of the World Cup 2010, there has been a massive rise in the number of bed and breakfasts which can be booked in Durban if you feel just like a more personal touch in your stay. These usually have pools and are in the quieter residential areas.

There are also regular dolphin shows at Ushaka Marine World along with seal shows, and these will definitely delight the both new and experienced because they watch what sort of amazing training of these wonderful animals concerns life. The shows can be extremely popular which is always better to arrive at the amphitheatres with plenty of forethought of the start times.

The hotels in SA range between one star to the upscale hotels and so it’s possible to search an accommodation that best matches his budget. You will feel the excellent services and high end luxury in South Africa accommodation. If you do a web based search of hotels that may be more time consuming because the decision to decide on certainly one of many would become difficult.

Once travelers are better acquainted with Port Elizabeth and South African history, many of them begin exploring automatically. One with the most popular ways to make this happen is simply by walking the Donkin Heritage Trail. This well-marked trail guides visitors with a journey that passes at the least 47 sites of historical significance in a very three-mile distance. Of particular note is the Donkin Lighthouse Building, where visitors can get a roadmap of the trail; the Donkin Reserve, an amount of charming Victorian cottages; and the No. 7 Castle Hill Museum, one in the oldest settler’s homesteads inside city. The Red Location Museum is often a fascinating detour about the Donkin Heritage Trail. The museum chronicles the lives and struggles of anti-apartheid activists, with moving narrative histories plus a host of artifacts. This thoughtful memorial is really a must-see on any itinerary.

The Umgababa Festival runs from 19 December to January, turning Amanzimtoti into a big arts and crafts market. Again earlier times comes alive with authentic handicrafts from the local culture. If your children get bored with your grownup activities, they can check out Splash Water World on Amanzimtoti Main Beach. There is enough here to keep them busy all day, with several water slides, the infamous “washing machine” and gentler rides for that very young. Parents can loosen off in the Thirsty Whale, which is close enough to the water park to view the kids having fun. The Thirsty Whale features all with the warmth and atmosphere of your beach pub, which has a big-screen TV for sport events tasty food that is certainly easy for the pocketbook.




Swimming Pool

Swimming beach



Mountain Bikes

Tennis Court


Steam Room

Beach Volley Ball

Table Tennis

Snooker Table

Pool Table

DSTV in Communal Lounge

Kiddies palyground

Kiddies Trampoline

Fishing Rods and Reels for Hire


A walk in the forest is a definite treat, alive with ancient trees & tropical flowers. The peacefulness can be quite eerie at times especially for the city folk who are not used to the silence.

After a eventful day bar snacks at 6:00pm will keep the hunger at bay while you enjoy a sundowner in “The Red Blanket” or “Seaview” Bar with its romantic view of the Indian Ocean fringed by palm trees.

A visit to the “Island” by means of the quaint suspension bridge is a must and do not let anyone call you chicken!