Mseni Beach Lodge situated a five-minute walk from the main beach at Sodwana Bay already opened bookings for overnight visitors. The lodge, surrounded by sand forest offers self-catering cottages, a large beach house, and BnB units within the iSimangaliso World Heritage Site. Now, they announced they open their restaurant to visitors soon.
Mseni Beach Lodge survived the Covid-19 lockdown
The lifting of some coronavirus restrictions came in time for Mseni. Not all establishments made it through. In fact, we reported that the “well-loved and internationally renowned Lord Charles Hotel near Cape Town didn’t survive. It closes at the end of August 2020.” While many people welcome the provincial travel restrictions relaxing, and the resumption alcohol sales, it’s too late for some.
News 24 reported last week, that it’s expected many places took a hit. In fact, income in the sector dropped by 99 percent. And, it’s a long road to recovery. In fact, even large establishments felt the knock and Sun International won’t re-open two casinos. With the international travel ban in place, the more upmarket safari lodges face a worrying future. But, Mseni Beach Lodge survived, and that’s great news for nature lovers.
Restaurant at Mseni opens soon
The news came via Instagram, that the restaurant opens on September 10. Their post read, “The Mseni Restaurant will be opening for its first guests on the 10th September!! We’re super excited and can’t wait for your visit. Sundowners on the deck or the delicious pizza… whatever your favorite reason to visit us, we’ll be waiting.”
Well, that means very good news for people who book the BnB units at the lodge. They don’t allow self-catering in those units. The reopening of the Mseni Beach Lodge restaurant for visitors means compliance with COVID-19 health & safety protocols. These include :
- Face masks required for guests in public areas
- Face masks required for staff in public areas
- Floors marked for social distancing
- Hand sanitizer available( guests & staff).
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Staff…regularly wash hands.
Accommodation at the beach lodge
The Mseni website reveals some beautifully appointed accommodation. The place offers “a choice of self-catering or bed & breakfast cottages, as well as a lovely beach house.” The main beach house comes with an “open plan” outdoor entertainment area. And, you get a great view of the beach. Meanwhile, the Forestview B&B Cottages sleep two. They nestle inside the coastal forest. But, people who stay there must take their meals at the restaurant.
Then, the self-catering cottages look delightful. They come with a bathroom, “a small kitchen with a microwave, hot plate, Fridge/freezer combination, and seating area. “Plus, you’ll find your own braai area. Nature-lovers rave about the place. And, of course, divers also make the most of one of the best dive spots in the world.
What to do while staying at Mseni Beach Lodge
Scuba diving, snorkeling, and exploring the tidal pools are big attractions. But, bush walks, game viewing, and fishing are also available. If you feel up to it, you could also go for a cycle around the area. Take those binoculars, as the birdlife in iSimangaliso is varied and exciting. But, the highlight seems to be enjoying the restaurant with the ocean view. There, people report seeing whales swim by and dolphin playing in the waves.
Most feedback reviews on Trip Advisor reveal people enjoyed their stay. One person, who visited before the lockdowns, noted, “This was our second family trip to Mseni [Beach] Lodge and we will come again. The chalets are super clean and comfortable, the staff friendly, polite, and helpful. All amenities are as advertised.”
Visitors should note that wifi and cell phone reception are not great in the accommodation units. But reportedly, they work well at the restaurant.