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Offering a casino and mountain view, Baby Blue Houseboat is set in Port Edward, 9.3 km from Umtamvuna Nature Reserve and 27 km from Southbroom Golf Club. Located 2.1 km from Wild Waves Water Park, the property provides a private beach area and free private parking. The accommodation offers full-day security and an ATM for guests. The recently renovated boat is equipped with 1 separate bedroom, 1 bathroom, a fully equipped kitchenette with a dining area and stovetop, and a living room. A private entrance leads guests into the boat, where they can enjoy some wine or champagne and fruits. The property offers lake views. Guests can take advantage of the warm weather with the property's barbecue facilities. A bowling alley is available on-site and both canoeing and hiking can be enjoyed within close proximity of the boat. Mbumbazi Nature Reserve is 34 km from Baby Blue Houseboat, while Trafalgar Marine Reserve is 18 km away. The nearest airport is Margate Airport, 33 km from the accommodation.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 10 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (10.0)

Free private parking available on-site

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Room type
Number of guests
Bedroom :
1 extra-large double bed
Living room:
2 sofa beds
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Guest reviews


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High score for Port Edward
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  • Trish
    South Africa South Africa
    Wow !! A fantastic experience! We thoroughly enjoyed the peace, tranquility and beautiful surroundings. The houseboat was very comfortable with everything we needed and Deidre and Romel were excellent hosts
  • Zama
    South Africa South Africa
    The element of surprise was more exciting for me 🥰 I had no idea we would spend the night in a boat! 🤩 I definitely loved everything! What a beautiful, private and romantic experience! This is such a unique concept we are definitely coining Baby...
  • Ilsley
    South Africa South Africa
    As a romantic getaway, our stay on Baby Blue was as good as it gets. Our hosts, Rom and Dee, catered to our every need,friendly accomodating,just lovely people doing what they do best. We loved the houseboat experience, the tranquility, and beauty...

Hosted by Romel

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Located on the Mtamvuna River, on the border of KZN & Eastern Cape region. Baby Blue is a Norwegian Lifeboat that got converted into a Houseboat, there is only one of her kind. She is rare and sleeps in the Umtamvuna Nature reserve, the only Houseboat on the river border. Tick some unique boxes. She's got a King Size bed in the bow, a two plate gas stove, outdoor shower with a gas geyser and fully functioning toilet. A solar panel for lights & to charge phones, with a Tandem Kayak to explore. Be ready to switch of and unwind, on arrival enjoy a complimentary cocktail of your choice from The Riverside and we will take you on a 20min scenic cruise to your destination in the Umtamvuna Nature Reserve where you will be moored for the duration of your stay. You will be provided with a tandem kayak to go exploring and you will also have one complimentary boat pick-up and drop-off provided by the Riverside at The Wild Coast Sun during day time. In the bow is a luxury King Size bed with a down duvet and Bamboo extra depth memory foam mattress to ensure a snug comfortable sleep on the water with extra blankets provided. You can enjoy stargazing from your bed in the evenings when you look out of the windows. She is surprisingly warm on the water in the evenings. There is a two plate gas stove on board to ensure that you can enjoy a warm meal and it is easy to whip up a quick meal on her, if you want to enjoy exploring more than cooking we recommend pre-made meals that are easily heatable in a pot or pan. You will be provided with a Safari Cooler box which will keep your food fresh, tried and tested. She has a fully operational toilet onboard that flushes into tank, you will have a gas geyser and shower so be assured that you can enjoy an outdoor shower under warm water. You will find some books onboard for those that like to read and take a bap, as well as dominos and a chess set.
At any given time you will be allowed to contact us on phone or via message. We enjoy meeting new people and sharing our story about Baby Blue, her history and how she got to her new home. We enjoy hearing about everyones adventures and creating new memories.
Port Edward is surrounded by some unique tourist attractions. The Red Desert is known as the smallest desert in the world. Beaver Creek Coffee farm is located at about a 20min drive out of Port Edward. Splash rock is well known for it's fishing and the Petrified Forest is a 20min walk on the beach into the Eastern Cape, the Wild Coast also has one of the top 10 courses in the country just to name a few. Complimentary boat pick-up and drop off per day, it is easy to access the neighbourhood by vehicle. parking differs from place to place.
Languages spoken: Afrikaans,English,Portuguese

Property surroundings

Facilities of Baby Blue Houseboat
Great facilities! Review score, 9.9

Most popular facilities
  • Free parking
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Private beach area
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • River view
  • Mountain view
  • Lake view
  • View
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Private beach area
  • BBQ facilities
  • Cleaning products
  • Stovetop
  • Kitchenware
  • Kitchenette
  • Live sport events (broadcast)
  • Live music/performance
  • Beach
  • Water park
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Water sport facilities on site
    Additional charge
  • Horse riding
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Bowling
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Casino
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
    Additional charge
Living Area
  • Dining area
  • Seating Area
Media & Technology
  • Radio
Food & Drink
  • Fruits
  • Wine/champagne
No internet access available.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
    • ATM/cash machine on site
    Reception services
    • Invoice provided
    Entertainment and family services
    • Board games/puzzles
    • Board games/puzzles
    Safety & security
    • Fire extinguishers
    • CCTV outside property
    • 24-hour security
    • Designated smoking area
    • Private entrance
    • Laptop safe
    • Carpeted
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Sun loungers or beach chairs
    Languages spoken
    • Afrikaans
    • English
    • Portuguese

    House rules
    Baby Blue Houseboat takes special requests - add in the next step!

    From 14:00 to 16:00
    You'll need to let the property know in advance what time you'll arrive.
    From 09:30 to 11:00
    Cancellation/ prepayment
    Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required option.
    Damage policy
    If you cause damage to the property during your stay, you could be asked to pay up to ZAR 1,000 after check-out, according to this property's Damage Policy.
    Children and beds

    Child policies

    Children older than 3 years are welcome.

    Children 18 years and above will be charged as adults at this property.

    To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

    Cot and extra bed policies

    Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

    No age restriction
    There is no age requirement for check-in
    Pets are not allowed.
    Payments by takes your payment on behalf of the property for this stay, but make sure you have cash for any extras once you get there.
    Smoking is not allowed.
    Parties/events are not allowed

    The fine print
    Need-to-know information for guests at this property

    Please inform Baby Blue Houseboat in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

    This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.

    If you cause damage to the property during your stay, you could be asked to pay up to ZAR 1,000 after check-out, according to this property's Damage Policy.

    Legal information

    This property is managed by a private host. EU consumer law relating to professional hosts might not apply.

    FAQs about Baby Blue Houseboat

    • Baby Blue Houseboat offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

      • Hiking
      • Bowling
      • Canoeing
      • Casino
      • Golf course (within 3 km)
      • Water park
      • Horse riding
      • Live sport events (broadcast)
      • Beach
      • Water sport facilities on site
      • Private beach area
      • Live music/performance

    • Baby Blue Houseboat is 2.3 miles from the centre of Port Edward. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

    • The prices at Baby Blue Houseboat may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

    • Check-in at Baby Blue Houseboat is from 14:00, and check-out is until 11:00.