The Merry Crab Hotel South Coast
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  • On Special - 3+1 night freeBook and pay for 3 nights and get an additional night free (stay 4 nights). Valid 1 April to 5 December 2019.
  • Property TypeResort
  • Guests72
  • Rooms/Units18
  • Minimum Stay2 Nights

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  • Listed on since June 2007

The Merry Crab Beach Lodge is a highly recommended B&B with self catering option, providing accommodation in Munster for tourists visiting the South Coast region.

About The Merry Crab Beach Lodge

The Merry Crab is a secure, informal holiday hideaway carved out of the lush, tropical Admiralty Reserve and only a pathway away from a beach so pretty, film-makers have used it for movie sets! The Merry Crab is among the most ideal locations from which to experience one of nature's greatest mysteries.

Fringing the Indian Ocean the resort, set in 4050 square meters of sub-tropical coastal forest, is approximately 75 paces from one of the prettiest and most unspoilt beaches along our coastline - a 15 minute drive from Margate Airport, an two hour drive from King Shaka International Airport and only a 10 minute drive from three championship golf courses.

Secure and secluded, it is unique in concept and was designed with attention to detail and utmost privacy in mind. The surrounding area is habitat to a myriad of birdlife as well as numerous species of antelope, monkey, genet cat, monitor lizards etc.

Strategically positioned to take best advantage of the Indian Ocean, the (bachelor pad), Studios, the (1 bedroom suite), Casitas and the (2 bedroom, 2 bathroom), Cabanas are especially designed for coolness, their white walls and 'stone-flagged' floor interiors, cool in contrast to the mud-tinged (cornflower blue door and window), exteriors.

Large paddle fans lazily stir the air inside. Each unit has its own private wooden sun-deck. The terracotta tiled roofs, obscured by wild palms and giant strelitzia, impart a feel of our Indian Ocean islands.


Fully equipped, you can be assured of superior beds, white linen, bath towels, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans, stoves, microwaves, fridges, kettles, toasters and limited MNet and built-in braais.

Every bedroom has its own built-in wall safe and remote control for the automated entrance gates. Secure parking is provided.

A Studio is one room (like a bachelor pad), with en-suite shower, limited bouquet DSTV, compact kitchen galley with bar fridge, sundeck and private braai / BBQ.

A Casita is a one bedroom suite, with en-suite shower, separate open-plan kitchen and living area with loungers, limited bouquet DSTV, sundeck and private braai / BBQ.

A Studio and a Casita together form a Cabana when the two foam-insulated doors linking them are opened. A Cabana is a two bedroom apartment with 2 en-suite showers, separate open-plan kitchen and living area with loungers, limited bouquet DSTV, sundeck and private braai / BBQ.

The Boma

A 'Potjie Boma', a thatched enclosure, ideal for parties, braais and potjies.


Hidden high amongst the ancient (and protected), Milkwood trees is a birders' hide, a 'tree-house' which is also an excellent 'look out' post. There's a furnished lounge area under thatch which also houses a cosy bar. Wild I'lala palms tower over the adjoining pool, a sapphire by night, giving the illusion of an 'oasis'.

Pet-friendly Policy

People- and animal-friendly, socialised dogs and other pets are welcome at The Merry Crab. They can sleep inside the units, but are not permitted on the furniture. All pets must be free of ticks and fleas. Dogs can only be accommodated in the family units (Casita / Cabana), as these have enclosed decks. Pets must never be left unattended, whether inside or outside the units. Owners must bring beds, towels, blankets and bowls for their pets.

Pets must be on a lead at all times and can be walked around the units, in the common areas of the garden, and on the beach. Owners need to clean up thoroughly after them (picking up their poop, not covering it with sand).

Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Bar fridge
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Fan(s)
  • Hairdryer
  • Kitchen (fully equipped)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Television (with M-Net)

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Garden(s)
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Parking (off street)
  • Pets allowed (by arrangement)
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool

Food & Drink

  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
fluentsome understanding

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Zulu

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.


Sleeps 2 Adults in a bachelor style pad, open-plan bedroom/kitchenette area with en-suite bathroom.

Qty: 6
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: not allowed in this room type


A one bedroom, en-suite with separate living/kitchen area. This unit has 2 sleeper couches in the living area which can be made up to accommodate a maximum of 2 children under 12yrs. The beds are small and do not accommodate a large framed teenager/adult.

Qty: 6
Sleeps: 4 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type


A two bedroom unit which sleeps up to 4 Adults in 2 separate en-suite bedrooms and 2 children under 12yrs on sleeper couches in the living area. This unit has an inter-leading foam insulated (soundproof) door which opens up to make up the Cabana or alternatively remains closed and is sold as separate units. This door is foam-insulated and as soundproof as any wall.

Qty: 6
Sleeps: 6 guests (max 4 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Guest Reviews

5 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

Units and facilities are great and you're close to some awesome beaches. My 5 year old daughter absolutely loved it :)

January 2017

Deon Fawell (Johannesburg)

Verified reviewexcellent

We stayed for 6 nights, what a absolute pleasure, the staff were exelent, the cottage was squicky clean when we got there and was kept that way by the staff for the rest of our stay. Defenately worth it to revisit. For a nice quiet and relaxing holiday this is the place to go.

October 2016

Michael Rademeyer (Pretoria)

Need to Know

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome.

Closest airport(s)Margate Airport - 20km
King Shaka International - 200km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 14h00
Check-out by 10h00

Exceptions to check-in/out times out of Season may be arranged, please enquire.

Payment methods accepted by the propertyEFT or secure online payment via

Listed on since June 2007

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