The Wild Coast may be South Africa’s most spectacular & yet least touristy region with it’s rocky coastline, indigenous forests, secluded coves and many river mouths. And all this is on your doorstep at Umngazi, an award winning family resort & spa. The thatch-roofed bungalows are situated amongst the indigenous gardens which provide the perfect setting for a totally relaxed holiday.
Spend idyllic days lounging on secluded beaches with only the waves crashing. Take a guided walk or strike on your own, explore the mangrove swamps, canoe up the river, myriad of birds and totally unspoiled natural beauty that this coastline has on offer.

Accommodation

Perched on the panoramic hillside of the Umngazi River mouth, overlooking the scenic splendour of the Wild Coast. Bungalows are nestled amongst the kaleidoscopic fauna and flora that only the heart of Pondoland can offer. Guests choose from 5 categories of bungalows, all of which are individually furnished & tastefully decorated.

Sunbird

Garden Bungalows
Couple and Family Units These are closest to the main facility and are set amid the indigenous flora, incorporated into the picturesque garden setting. Afternoon naps are par for the course in these peaceful units, with the gentle sound of birds reminding you of the natural surroundings.

Kingfisher

River Front Bungalows
Couple and Family units (wheelchair access)
Each bungalow looks out over the serene river, for total tranquility and relaxation.

Honeymoon

Deluxe Sea-front Bungalows (Adults Only)
These private, double-story units offer spectacular views and romantic bed and bathroom facilities, with a cozy fireplace to snuggle up to in the evenings. The units are nestled into the coastal bush at a distance from the main facility (connected by a rustic walkway), to ensure ultimate privacy. The floor-to-ceiling windows and doors offer breathtaking vistas, guaranteed to meet your romantic expectations.

Ntabeni

Deluxe Spa Suites (Adults Only)
Nestled on the hillside near the spa. One will discover that our recent additions…the tastefully decorated Ntabeni spacious spa suites. Offering 180 degree views of the ocean in luxurious comfort. The suites offer idyllic tranquillity and food for mind and soul.

Dining

When you feel more alive, you also feel more hungry! So bring a healthy appetite.
Kick off the day with an unhurried River Breakfast as you loosely plan out another day filled with the sights and sounds of the hospitable Wild Coast. Later, sample our menu, which offers versatile meat dishes, fish so fresh it melts in your mouth and cracklingly good salads and veggies.
Oh, and feel free to make requests. Like everything else, our menu’s flexible and the chefs are always happy to try and meet your needs.

Dining Services

Dining Room & Dining Room Deck
Guests can look forward to 3 mouth-watering meals per day, beautifully laid out by our local chefs in Umngazi’s relaxed, informal dining room. If al fresco is what you’d prefer and the weather deems it appropriate, our hearty cooking can be enjoyed under the large shady tree on the rustic Dining Room Deck, which overlooks the swimming pool and serene river views beyond.
Kid’s Dining Room
Umngazi ensures that families enjoy quality dining time together, while providing parents an opportunity to unwind at the table on their own once the youngsters have been fed. To facilitate this, a Kids Dining Room is situated adjacent to the main dining room. This bright and airy facility is equipped with high chairs, a communal dining table, separate fridge and a microwave, all of which creates a cozy and inter-active environment in which kids can be nourished under your supervision or the watchful care of a staff member.
Green Door Wine Cellar
If you’re celebrating a special occasion with a loved one or a small group of friends, then indulge yourself at the Green Door Wine Cellar, which offers a leisurely tasting and dining experience, where the only person allowed to intrude is the waiter looking after you. Some of the wines here have been around longer than the Internet. Much longer.
Basil’s Bar and Deck
Basil’s (named after Umngazi’s original owner) creates a central buzz point for the resort, with its convivial lay out and prime position over the riverfront. Whether you prefer sitting outdoors, sipping on a glass of wine or sharing stories with other guests across the bar counter, one thing is for sure…Basil’s brings people together. Over the years, revisiting guests have bonded here, relating stories of common interest and taking part in some of Umngazi’s organised social events, while making use of the bar’s game facilities and covered wooden deck.
The ladies running the bar are something of a treasure amongst regular Umngazi guests, displaying a phenomenal sense of humour along with their superb, friendly service.
Saturday Evening Seafood Feast
Saturday Night Seafood Evenings have become the stuff of legends amongst Umngazi visitors. This is an opportunity for the Umngazi staff to showcase their vibrant culture while guests enjoy their lovingly prepared cuisine. A succulent combination of fish, shellfish, and home baked breads, juicy salads and hearty soups are prepared to perfection. As the evening progresses, the Umngazi staff emerges, in traditional dress, accompanied by Pondo singing and dancing, to the delight of the guests with whom they have become acquainted over the days.
River Breakfast
Umngazi looks to provide ‘creative dining with a difference’, and uses original ideas to maximize the natural beauty of the surrounding habitat. The River Breakfast is just one of the many alternative gastronomic experiences offered at Umngazi. A short ferry cruise or paddle up the river in the still, quiet, early morning will take you to a secluded destination where your buffet breakfast is set out amid the peaceful splendour, and you can take in the morning sights and sounds of the indigenous coastal bush.
Sunset Cruises
These are a regular and popular occurrence and a particular favourite with our honeymooners and couples. In the late afternoon, just before dusk, your guide will take you on a gentle sojourn up the Umngazi River, which meanders through the valley between the green hillsides. Accompanied by an array of succulent snacks and a selection of chilled beverages, guests can completely unwind to the sound of lapping water and the call of the resident African Fish Eagle (yes, we pay him).
Packed Lunches & Picnics
These much appreciated ‘take aways’ are always enjoyed by eager fishermen and intrepid explorers keen to spend the day out and about, wandering the surrounding hills, valleys and beaches.
Riverside Gazebo
You may prefer an outdoor dining experience at the Riverside Gazebo. This exclusive facility is set on stilts submerged in the river and offers one of the more captivating views at Umngazi. Connected to the mainland by a wooden jetty (illuminated at night by lanterns), guests are treated to intimate privacy under a cozy thatched roof.

Activities at Umngazi

The bungalows are great, but of course you may want to be out much of every day. You could spend the whole time dozing by our riverside pool, or hanging out at Basil’s Bar, where darts, snooker and tall stories make you feel like a regular in no time. Umngazi lucky enough to have dedicated, professional therapists, if you want your city stress to be massaged away – to the soundtrack of nothing but breakers and birdcalls. Or you might find relaxation in other ways; in the gym, on the courts or with a long amble down our pristine beaches; as rich in shore life as most coastlines used to be. For parents in need of a break, our dedicated caregivers are always on hand, so leave the little ones with us and feel free to relive your early days of romance.
Activities on a Rainy Day
Fear not: Umngazi’s facilities include a number of well-appointed lounges and decks, ideal for board games and reading in a peaceful setting away from urban distractions – not to mention rain drops. Feel free to hang out anywhere that tickles takes your fancy, or hit the most popular spots:
  • Basil’s Bar (for darts, snooker, bar quizzes and very tall stories)
  • The Spa
  • The Gym
Activities on a Sunny Day
Umngazi’s facilities include a number of well-appointed lounges and decks, ideal for board games and reading in a peaceful setting away from urban distractions.
  • Hiking
  • Mullet cruise
  • Mountain Biking
  • Canoeing
  • River Breakfasts
  • Motor Boats
  • Fishing trips
  • Boat cruise and forest walks
  • Early morning bird-watching
  • Sunset cruises
  • Mangrove swamp walk & Canoe trail (2hrs)
  • Excursions to Port St Johns, The Gap and the Blowhole (by arrangement)
  • Tennis
  • Dune surfing
  • Picnics
For the kids
The most popular activities for little ones are:
  • Dune surfing
  • Mullet cruises
  • The slippery slide
Umngazi enthusiastic entertainment team has plenty of tricks up their sleeve to keep children stimulated. Look out for the daily activity boards located at reception, which keep guests updated on the day’s scheduled entertainment.

Spa

If you’re feeling a little run down or merely require some personal pampering and indulgence, then we’d definitely recommend a visit to our professional spa. Set high on the Umngazi hillside, with breathtaking views of the coast below, guests are treated to a secluded, tranquil experience, which is difficult to beat. Our dedicated, professional therapists are on hand with a full range of spa treatments and therapies. Each therapist’s treatment room is complimented by a private spa bath, which enjoys the same spectacular views of the beach and ocean. Feel free to drift off while you’re getting the royal treatment.

Gym

Set amidst the hillside shrubs at the highest point of Umngazi, our gym benefits from the most spectacular views the resort has to offer and every effort has been made to ensure a comfortable, stimulating, healthy experience. Use the views to distract yourself from those groaning abs and protesting lungs. Guests wishing to use the facility should bring their own appropriate sportswear. Sweat towels and filtered water are provided at the gym and guests may make use of the separate men’s and ladies’ locker rooms.

Honeymoons

Umngazi orchestrates unforgettable romantic honeymoons and has earned a reputation as one of South Africa’s premier honeymoon destinations. Whether you enjoy your time with us in sensual seclusion or you choose to participate in any of the abundant activities, Umngazi will prove to make your stay a truly memorable one. Special Honeymoon Bungalows have been designed to provide privacy and added pampering, while our spectacular Spa provides idyllic romantic treatments for two.

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Umngazi River Mouth, Near Port St Johns, Wild Coast

The Wild Coast may be South Africa’s most spectacular & yet least touristy region with it’s rocky coastline, indigenous forests, secluded coves and many river mouths. And all this is on your doorstep at Umngazi, an award winning family resort & spa. The thatch-roofed bungalows are situated amongst the indigenous gardens which provide the perfect setting for a totally relaxed holiday.
Spend idyllic days lounging on secluded beaches with only the waves crashing. Take a guided walk or strike on your own, explore the mangrove swamps, canoe up the river, myriad of birds and totally unspoiled natural beauty that this coastline has on offer.

Accommodation

Perched on the panoramic hillside of the Umngazi River mouth, overlooking the scenic splendour of the Wild Coast. Bungalows are nestled amongst the kaleidoscopic fauna and flora that only the heart of Pondoland can offer. Guests choose from 5 categories of bungalows, all of which are individually furnished & tastefully decorated.

Sunbird

Garden Bungalows
Couple and Family Units These are closest to the main facility and are set amid the indigenous flora, incorporated into the picturesque garden setting. Afternoon naps are par for the course in these peaceful units, with the gentle sound of birds reminding you of the natural surroundings.

Kingfisher

River Front Bungalows
Couple and Family units (wheelchair access)
Each bungalow looks out over the serene river, for total tranquility and relaxation.

Honeymoon

Deluxe Sea-front Bungalows (Adults Only)
These private, double-story units offer spectacular views and romantic bed and bathroom facilities, with a cozy fireplace to snuggle up to in the evenings. The units are nestled into the coastal bush at a distance from the main facility (connected by a rustic walkway), to ensure ultimate privacy. The floor-to-ceiling windows and doors offer breathtaking vistas, guaranteed to meet your romantic expectations.

Ntabeni

Deluxe Spa Suites (Adults Only)
Nestled on the hillside near the spa. One will discover that our recent additions…the tastefully decorated Ntabeni spacious spa suites. Offering 180 degree views of the ocean in luxurious comfort. The suites offer idyllic tranquillity and food for mind and soul.

Dining

When you feel more alive, you also feel more hungry! So bring a healthy appetite.
Kick off the day with an unhurried River Breakfast as you loosely plan out another day filled with the sights and sounds of the hospitable Wild Coast. Later, sample our menu, which offers versatile meat dishes, fish so fresh it melts in your mouth and cracklingly good salads and veggies.
Oh, and feel free to make requests. Like everything else, our menu’s flexible and the chefs are always happy to try and meet your needs.

Dining Services

Dining Room & Dining Room Deck
Guests can look forward to 3 mouth-watering meals per day, beautifully laid out by our local chefs in Umngazi’s relaxed, informal dining room. If al fresco is what you’d prefer and the weather deems it appropriate, our hearty cooking can be enjoyed under the large shady tree on the rustic Dining Room Deck, which overlooks the swimming pool and serene river views beyond.
Kid’s Dining Room
Umngazi ensures that families enjoy quality dining time together, while providing parents an opportunity to unwind at the table on their own once the youngsters have been fed. To facilitate this, a Kids Dining Room is situated adjacent to the main dining room. This bright and airy facility is equipped with high chairs, a communal dining table, separate fridge and a microwave, all of which creates a cozy and inter-active environment in which kids can be nourished under your supervision or the watchful care of a staff member.
Green Door Wine Cellar
If you’re celebrating a special occasion with a loved one or a small group of friends, then indulge yourself at the Green Door Wine Cellar, which offers a leisurely tasting and dining experience, where the only person allowed to intrude is the waiter looking after you. Some of the wines here have been around longer than the Internet. Much longer.
Basil’s Bar and Deck
Basil’s (named after Umngazi’s original owner) creates a central buzz point for the resort, with its convivial lay out and prime position over the riverfront. Whether you prefer sitting outdoors, sipping on a glass of wine or sharing stories with other guests across the bar counter, one thing is for sure…Basil’s brings people together. Over the years, revisiting guests have bonded here, relating stories of common interest and taking part in some of Umngazi’s organised social events, while making use of the bar’s game facilities and covered wooden deck.
The ladies running the bar are something of a treasure amongst regular Umngazi guests, displaying a phenomenal sense of humour along with their superb, friendly service.
Saturday Evening Seafood Feast
Saturday Night Seafood Evenings have become the stuff of legends amongst Umngazi visitors. This is an opportunity for the Umngazi staff to showcase their vibrant culture while guests enjoy their lovingly prepared cuisine. A succulent combination of fish, shellfish, and home baked breads, juicy salads and hearty soups are prepared to perfection. As the evening progresses, the Umngazi staff emerges, in traditional dress, accompanied by Pondo singing and dancing, to the delight of the guests with whom they have become acquainted over the days.
River Breakfast
Umngazi looks to provide ‘creative dining with a difference’, and uses original ideas to maximize the natural beauty of the surrounding habitat. The River Breakfast is just one of the many alternative gastronomic experiences offered at Umngazi. A short ferry cruise or paddle up the river in the still, quiet, early morning will take you to a secluded destination where your buffet breakfast is set out amid the peaceful splendour, and you can take in the morning sights and sounds of the indigenous coastal bush.
Sunset Cruises
These are a regular and popular occurrence and a particular favourite with our honeymooners and couples. In the late afternoon, just before dusk, your guide will take you on a gentle sojourn up the Umngazi River, which meanders through the valley between the green hillsides. Accompanied by an array of succulent snacks and a selection of chilled beverages, guests can completely unwind to the sound of lapping water and the call of the resident African Fish Eagle (yes, we pay him).
Packed Lunches & Picnics
These much appreciated ‘take aways’ are always enjoyed by eager fishermen and intrepid explorers keen to spend the day out and about, wandering the surrounding hills, valleys and beaches.
Riverside Gazebo
You may prefer an outdoor dining experience at the Riverside Gazebo. This exclusive facility is set on stilts submerged in the river and offers one of the more captivating views at Umngazi. Connected to the mainland by a wooden jetty (illuminated at night by lanterns), guests are treated to intimate privacy under a cozy thatched roof.

Activities at Umngazi

The bungalows are great, but of course you may want to be out much of every day. You could spend the whole time dozing by our riverside pool, or hanging out at Basil’s Bar, where darts, snooker and tall stories make you feel like a regular in no time. Umngazi lucky enough to have dedicated, professional therapists, if you want your city stress to be massaged away – to the soundtrack of nothing but breakers and birdcalls. Or you might find relaxation in other ways; in the gym, on the courts or with a long amble down our pristine beaches; as rich in shore life as most coastlines used to be. For parents in need of a break, our dedicated caregivers are always on hand, so leave the little ones with us and feel free to relive your early days of romance.
Activities on a Rainy Day
Fear not: Umngazi’s facilities include a number of well-appointed lounges and decks, ideal for board games and reading in a peaceful setting away from urban distractions – not to mention rain drops. Feel free to hang out anywhere that tickles takes your fancy, or hit the most popular spots:
  • Basil’s Bar (for darts, snooker, bar quizzes and very tall stories)
  • The Spa
  • The Gym
Activities on a Sunny Day
Umngazi’s facilities include a number of well-appointed lounges and decks, ideal for board games and reading in a peaceful setting away from urban distractions.
  • Hiking
  • Mullet cruise
  • Mountain Biking
  • Canoeing
  • River Breakfasts
  • Motor Boats
  • Fishing trips
  • Boat cruise and forest walks
  • Early morning bird-watching
  • Sunset cruises
  • Mangrove swamp walk & Canoe trail (2hrs)
  • Excursions to Port St Johns, The Gap and the Blowhole (by arrangement)
  • Tennis
  • Dune surfing
  • Picnics
For the kids
The most popular activities for little ones are:
  • Dune surfing
  • Mullet cruises
  • The slippery slide
Umngazi enthusiastic entertainment team has plenty of tricks up their sleeve to keep children stimulated. Look out for the daily activity boards located at reception, which keep guests updated on the day’s scheduled entertainment.

Spa

If you’re feeling a little run down or merely require some personal pampering and indulgence, then we’d definitely recommend a visit to our professional spa. Set high on the Umngazi hillside, with breathtaking views of the coast below, guests are treated to a secluded, tranquil experience, which is difficult to beat. Our dedicated, professional therapists are on hand with a full range of spa treatments and therapies. Each therapist’s treatment room is complimented by a private spa bath, which enjoys the same spectacular views of the beach and ocean. Feel free to drift off while you’re getting the royal treatment.

Gym

Set amidst the hillside shrubs at the highest point of Umngazi, our gym benefits from the most spectacular views the resort has to offer and every effort has been made to ensure a comfortable, stimulating, healthy experience. Use the views to distract yourself from those groaning abs and protesting lungs. Guests wishing to use the facility should bring their own appropriate sportswear. Sweat towels and filtered water are provided at the gym and guests may make use of the separate men’s and ladies’ locker rooms.

Honeymoons

Umngazi orchestrates unforgettable romantic honeymoons and has earned a reputation as one of South Africa’s premier honeymoon destinations. Whether you enjoy your time with us in sensual seclusion or you choose to participate in any of the abundant activities, Umngazi will prove to make your stay a truly memorable one. Special Honeymoon Bungalows have been designed to provide privacy and added pampering, while our spectacular Spa provides idyllic romantic treatments for two.