Mseni Lodge

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Mseni Lodge in Sodwana Bay

3 Star
Name of hostsElma Joubert
Tel:+27 (0)35 571 0284
Cell+27 (0)72 061 9672

Mseni Lodge
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Situated in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa's Premier Scuba Diving and Deep Sea Fishing Paradise, lies Mseni, Home of Amoray Diving, the beach and the discerning holiday maker.

Mseni Lodge is situated in . It consists of twenty cabins with bathrooms and showers en-suite. All rooms have safety deposit boxes for your convenience. On arrival a porter will take your luggage to your room and store your dive gear, ready for us to pick it up the next day. After your dive, it will be taken again, washed and hung up, ready for diving the next day. There is a secure parking area and round the clock security.

This small Lodge with its personal service is situated amongst amazing dune forest vegetation and far away from the crowds. The restaurant and bar overlook the Indian Ocean and day and night the sound of the sea can be heard by all. There is a large safe area for the kids to play. Every care is taken to ensure your and your family's comfort.

The Lodge has it's own private path leading down to a secluded part of the beach, meandering through lush coastal dune forest. This short walk is a must for all visitors. The surrounding bush is home to many different bird species and other small animals.

This is the only place in Sodwana with direct beach access.

Our beautiful 80-seater Restaurant, overlooking the Indian Ocean, is open for breakfast from 06h00 to 11h00, lunch from 12h30 till 15h00 and supper from 18h30 till 22h00. Our friendly waiters are there to look after your every need. The Bar, with it's spectacular view, opens at 12h00 till 00h00 and will have something ice cold to suit your taste. Sit back & enjoy one of our custom designed cocktails while we do our activity planning for the next day. Watch the full moon rise over the Indian Ocean, while we discuss the day's diving.

Located in Sodwana Bay, North of Kwa Zulu Natal, Mseni Lodge offers you comfortable lodge style catered and self catering accommodation, just a short walk or drive from the main beach.

Sodwana Bay is south of the Tropic of Capricorn and hosts one of the most southerly and beautiful hard and soft coral reefs in the world and offers you some of the most spectacular diving in the world.

As much as Sodwana is a haven for scuba diving enthusiasts, the area does offer quite a bit for people not really into close encounters with sharks. Be it fishing, bird watching, horse riding, game watching or getting a sun tan, then Sodwana will not leave you disappointed. With Hluhluwe and Richards Bay just a short drive away on a full tarmac road, the lodge is easily accessible.


Mseni Lodge is known as Sodwana Bay’s best kept secret.  Located just 10 minutes from the main gate and has miles and miles of unspoilt beach on one side and pure African bush on the other.  


Cabins are hidden away in lush dune forest and offers a choice of self-catering or Bed & Breakfast.  There are 15 cabins with the option of 2,3 or 5 beds.  All cabins have a Master bedroom with double or twin beds with a bathroom & shower en-suite. All rooms are serviced daily and equipped with safety deposit boxes, linen, bath towels, tea making facilities and variable speed fans.  Please bring your own beach towels.  


Our self-catering units include a small kitchenette, fridge/freezer combination and an outside Braai area.


Mzimbete Guest House is an 8 sleeper unit overlooking the ocean and has a fully equipped kitchen and small laundry which makes it ideal for the larger family.  


Meals are catered for by the Restaurant and Pub which overlooks the Indian Ocean.  The Restaurant is open from 07h00 till 11h00 for breakfast and pub lunches are served throughout the day. Dinner is served from an a la Carte menu from 19h00 till 21h45.  A kiddies menu is available for our smaller guests.


From Durban * Should take between 3 and 4 hours. * Take the N2 toll road from Durban. (Follow signs to the North Coast) * You can use the old way using the Southern Maputaland off ramp, about 10km north of Hluhluwe, followed by about 40 km of dirt road if you want. * Most people use the Hluhluwe tarred road, especially as there is an Engen garage and a Wimpy in Hluhluwe * Take the N2 to the Hluhluwe off ramp. Into Hluhluwe, past ENGEN & WIMPY on left. Sodwana Via Hluhluwe * Note that this will save you about 60km of dirt road but will add about 75km to your journey. It is about 116km from Pongola to Hluhluwe. The road is now tarred all the way to Mbazwana. * Take the N2 to the Hluhluwe off ramp. Into Hluhluwe, past ENGEN & WIMPY on left. * At the T Junction turn Left. Continue for about a km then you turn right over the railway line. It will be signposted Sodwana. This will take you all the way to Sodwana via the Lower Mkuzi bridge. On the way to the you will cross over a new bridge and after about 5km there will be a signpost to Phinda on your left. There are severe speed bumps here and you will have to slow almost to a stop. Continue until you reach the bridge over Lower Mkuzi. Just before the bridge there is a section of about 5km which has speed bumps. Cross over bridge and continue all the way to Mbazwana. (about 30km) * Cross over the first two roundabouts and then turn right. You will pass the Engen garage on your left. Continue to the T Junction and turn right. Crossover the next roundabout and then on to Sodwana. You can bypass Sodwana by turning right at the first roundabout onto about half a km of dirt road. Then turn right at the roundabout. From Johannesburg * Should take between 6 & 7 hours. Go Via Ermelo -There are three main ways to do this. * A. Take the N12 - Take Ogies off ramp (R545) * Go through Ogies and onto the Bethal road. About 64 km to Bethal R545 * Go through Bethal follow signs to Ermelo N17. About 55 km to Ermelo on the N17 * B. Take the N12, N4 - Take Ermelo/Hendrina off Ramp (N11) * Continue past Witbank & join the N4 . This is now a toll road. Take the N11 off ramp to Ermelo * About 102 km to Ermelo on the N11 via Hendrina * C. Take the N17 - Through to Ermelo * The first part is a toll road. Then through Leandra, Kinross, Bethal and on to Ermelo From Ermelo: * Go through Ermelo follow signs to Piet Retief, The N17 now becomes the N2. * About 100 km to Piet Retief on the N2, Go through Piet Retief follow signs to Pongola * About 100 km to Pongola on the N2, Go through Pongola follow signs to Mkuzi * Most people use the Hluhluwe tarred road, especially as there is an Engen garage and a Wimpy in Hluhluwe. [Directions above] Notes on the dirt road: * Please respect the dirt road. You may be tempted to go faster than is safe. * A speed of 80kph to 100kph is reasonable in dry conditions. * Note your km reading as you commence each section. You will then be more aware of your position in the event of a breakdown. * Remember that cell phones do not work along all the sections of the dirt road. * Continued next column ... * In wet conditions reduce speed to 40kph to 60kph. Although the stretch you may be currently on is dry, you may suddenly hit a wet patch without warning. * Also be careful of pedestrians, cows and goats. While the pedestrians will generally move out of the way, the cows and goats will not. * Please be aware of the dust and stones you are leaving behind you and try to pass cars, people and animals, accordingly. By Air * Overseas visitors will fly to either Johannesburg or Durban International airport. It is about 6 to 7 hours by car from Johannesburg and about 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours from Durban. * The nearest domestic Airport is Richards Bay. COMAIR have regular daily flights. You can hire a car from here. It is about 2 hours by car to Sodwana. (From Richards Bay get onto the N2 and use the Durban directions.) * There is a small grass strip at Mbazwana, about 15 km from Sodwana. This strip accommodates up to 12- seater planes. From here please contact us to organise your transfer to the lodge. * You can also land a helicopter at the Lodge, but charters would be expensive. Please contact us to organise your transfer to the lodge via helicopter. By Coach * The nearest set down point for the Greyhound type coaches is Empangeni or Richards Bay. * It takes about 9 hours from Johannesburg (10 from Pretoria). The cost was R165 single from JHB or Pretoria. (Please check for new price) Greyhound Tel 011 830 1301 * It is still about 2 hours by car to Sodwana. (From Empangeni get onto the N2 and use the Durban directions.) * You can hire a car from here but if you wish you can get a minibus taxi or a bus to Mbazwana.