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.