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Umngazi River Bungalows

Umngazi River Bungalows is an award winning family resort and spa, with thatch-roofed bungalows situated amongst the indigenous gardens which provide the perfect setting for a totally relaxing holiday. 

Spend idyllic days lounging on secluded beaches with only the soothing sounds of the sea, and the call of an occasional gull. Take a guided walk or strike out on your own, to explore the mangrove swamps, canoe up the river, view myriads of birds and the totally unspoiled natural beauty that this coastline has on offer.

Immerse yourself in our waterways and discover the patient dedication of fly-fishing or indulge your wild side in the adrenalin rush of sea fishing.

Surrounded by pristine scenery and boasting a uniquely relaxed sophistication, Umngazi River Bungalows is the flagship holiday resort along the Wild Coast and is consistently rated amongst the Top Hotels in South Africa.

Umngazi resort has an extraordinary energy, with colourful people, remarkable nature and glorious weather creating the perfect holiday playground for couples and families.

Feel part of the natural harmony that makes up this exceptional corner of South Africa, with the enchantment of the real Wild Coast and the warmth of the Pondo people.

A delight for the senses, as the tastes, sights and sounds of this wonderful land touch your soul, Umngazi calls to your spirit of adventure with the promise of fascinating discoveries.

The hotel was closed for 6 weeks in May/June 2016 to upgrade the kitchen and as many bungalows as possible, plus other areas of the hotel.

The main kitchen, dining room, the pool and tennis court repaint, plus 30 of the 69 bungalows were given a makeover during that time. The balance of bungalows are receiving upgrades on an ongoing basis.

Returning guests will notice a refreshing new look in the dining-room, complete with newly-screeded floors, a brand-new buffet station as well as new full-length glass doors and windows, which let in more light and enhance views. The children’s dining room was also refreshed.

The lounge has been extensively redone and received the addition of new colourful furnishings and artwork.

Umngazi’s flagship double story-honeymoon bungalow (number 47) has been “reborn”! Similarly, the Emlonyeni bungalows and the three adjacent honeymoon suites have “revelled” in the revamp, with the addition of wider decks to allow guests to relax, while soaking up the sun.

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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
Bar, Children's dining room, Library, No pets allowed, Pool area, Secure parking, Shop, TV Lounge, Wedding facilities
Baby sitter, Daily domestic service, Laundry, Shop
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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.