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When was the last time you discovered something truly special and unique? A visit to Umngazi is an exploration of a paradise lost in time, where happiness is a way of life. It’s a vacation that will connect you with the beauty of a special place and wonderful people, and allow you to get in touch with yourself. When you visit Umngazi you’ll discover its secret, adopt its harmony and free the peace within.

Spend glorious days lounging on secluded beaches with only the sound of waves crashing. Take a guided walk or venture out on your own - explore the mangrove swamps, canoe up the river, spot a myriad of birds and embrace the totally unspoiled natural beauty that this coastline has on offer. Indulge in our waterways and discover the patient art of fly-fishing or the adrenalin rush of sea fishing.

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Discover History

According to ancient Pondo history, when the legendary King Faku found it necessary to execute his enemies at Mlengana (Execution) Rock, their blood "igazi" literally ran down the streams into the river into what is known as the Umngazi River. Furthermore, in the 19th century, troops from the British Garrison established a fresh water supply point at Umngazi for the soldiers moving between Grahamstown and Port Natal. It still supplies the hotel today.


Discover Dining

Our chef’s offer delectable home cooking and fantastic local cuisine to compliment this wonderful escape. Enjoy mouth-watering delights while lounging on the deck or find a private spot in the Green Door Wine Cellar or the Riverside Gazebo where you can tantalise your taste buds.

Wind down for the day with sundowners on the Sunset Cruise or on the deck, where one can enjoy visitors’ stories from yesteryear in Basil’s bar.


Accommodation & Rates

There are 69 bungalows (some inter-leading), which have been grouped into five different categories, namely: Garden, River, Sea, Emlonyeni (River Mouth), Honeymoon Cottages & our exclusive spa suite, Ntabeni (meaning on the hillside). Our comfortable bungalows are tastefully decorated, child friendly (except for the Honeymoon, Emlonyeni & Ntabeni suites) & offer tea/coffee facilities.

Rates are fully inclusive of 3 meals per day & mid morning/afternoon tea & coffee. Rates vary dependent on season and bungalow type. Fully inclusive rates vary from R815.00 - R1765.00 per person per night. Babysitting for certain activities are extra. Check out our out-of-season promos, special packages and romantic honeymoon packages. Discover why Umngazi has, and continues to win, multiple awards.

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Umngazi Kids

Children enjoy the art of playing whether it is fishing with gillies or sand-boarding on the dunes. This is truly a child's dream holiday where they can run around bare foot in the mud, slip & slide on the slipery slide or make holiday momentos in the creativity corner.

Moms can soak up the sun around the pool or enjoy a bit of pampering at our spa while nannies take care of the little ones.

Parental plus: A separate (very well-catered) dining roomo for kids under 5 years old, complete with nannies and the entertainment team.


Pack For The Adventure

We would like your experience with us to be as comfortable and memorable as possible.

We have put together a little checklist that will assist you with your packing because the better you're prepared,the more you'll discover! We look forward to welcoming you for a memorable stay.


Climate At Umngazi

Situated on The Real Wild Coast, the sub-tropical climate at Umngazi is beautifully balanced all year round which creates a real atmosphere of adventure.

The combination of mountains and sea creates a unique temperature zone that is ideally suited to both winter, when dolphins and whales thrive, and summer vacations when temperatures are cool and comfortable.