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Umngazi River Bungalows

Tucked away on the Wild Coast, in the heart of Pondoland, and encompassed by a rocky coastline, indigenous forests, secluded coves and breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, lies the award winning Umngazi Hotel & Spa. It is an ultimate refuge for those seeking to refresh, restore and re-connect.  

The lodge accommodation boasts 68 spacious thatch-roofed rooms which are situated amongst the indigenous gardens providing the perfect setting for a totally relaxed and unforgettable getaway.

Umngazi is a family orientated resort that aims to offer the best value for money with a delicate blend of genuine indigenous delights and home comforts.

Civilisation is miles away and the surrounding hills are only sparsely dotted with colourful Xhosa huts. The resort is geared for family vacations so while you get your far-from-it-all-holiday, the children won’t be complaining of boredom.

Caretakers, activity rooms, an elaborate playground and a large splash pool will keep the little ones entertained, but everyone can enjoy games on the grass, fishing expeditions and swimming in the river. Jump on the boat to the opposite bank, clamber over the white dunes and flop onto the main beach. The only people you’ll encounter here are other guests.

The lunchtime buffet on the deck features everything from fish and chips to prawn pasta and a string of salads and desserts. The kids’ dining room will give them their fill of bright orange carrots, green peas and mash.

Abandon the fun and laughter for an afternoon and head to the award-winning Spa, perched at the highest point of the property. Catch your breath on the balcony while admiring Umngazi’s best beach views.  The spa offers seclusion, breath-taking panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and the sights, sounds and smells of the sea mingle with nature constantly.

Our dedicated, experienced therapists pride themselves to cater for individual needs providing advanced skin and body therapies to a soundtrack of nothing but breakers, bird calls and the odd glimpse of pods of dolphins or a whale or two. Guests leave feeling relaxed, pampered and rejuvenated.

Umngazi orchestrates unforgettable romantic honeymoons and has earned a reputation as one of South Africa’s premier romantic destinations. Special Honeymoon rooms have been designed to provide privacy and added pampering, while our spectacular Spa provides idyllic romantic treatments for two. The dedicated and experienced therapists use imported and locally made body products to ensure guests leave feeling relaxed, pampered and rejuvenated. W

Weekly fly-in packages are available Friday to Friday from Durban where you fly at 600 feet above sea level along the beautiful coastline – a wonderful way to start your holiday.

 

 

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Activities
Things To Do: 
Bird watching, Canoeing, Children's games, Diving, Fishing, Games room, Gym, Jungle gym, Nature walks, River Boats, Snooker / Pool / Billiards, Swimming, Table tennis, Tennis
Facilities
Facilities: 
Bar, Children's dining room, Library, No pets allowed, Pool area, Secure parking, Shop, TV Lounge, Wedding facilities
Services
Services: 
Baby sitter, Daily domestic service, Laundry, Shop
Useful Info
Good to Know: 

The recent revamp (updated October 2016) was born of the need to completely renovate and upgrade the main kitchen, which necessitated closing down the hotel for 6 weeks in May/June. It was therefore decided to use this time prudently and upgrade as many bungalows as possible, plus other areas of the hotel, during this shut-down period.

The main kitchen, dining room, the pool and tennis court repaint, plus 30 of the 69 bungalows were done during this time. The balance of bungalows will be refurbished as and when there are gaps in the reservation schedule.

Our softs décor upgrade focussed on the spa, the public areas (lounges), the dining room and the bedrooms.

Obviously the main objective of the refurbishment was to remodel and overhaul the kitchen. State-of-the-art equipment and refrigeration was installed, the floors were redone and an ultramodern kitchen was created, which has enhanced hygiene provisions.

Basil’s Bar now sports a new counter and certain furnishings and the tennis court and swimming pool have both been resurfaced or repainted, in keeping with the general revamp of all the public spaces.

The thatching contractors took the opportunity of restoring many of the roofs during this period, as well.

It also made sense to overhaul and refresh as many bungalows as possible during this time, with particular attention being paid to floors, doors, windows and bathrooms.