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Human kindness has touched our souls and your generosity and kindness has begun a chain reaction of generosity...
Four months ago we embarked on a Stationary Drive to assist the 3 local schools in the communities boarding Umngazi. We set our target quite high as we immediately understood that in order for us to really assist the local schools we would need to aim high. Six hundred stationery sets seemed like such a mammoth task but this would give us enough to give two hundred to each school and only just cover the tip of the iceberg.

We are delighted to announce that we reached our target in 3 1/2 months…what excitement for everyone! We shall continue with our Stationary Drive and nurture this important need for the children in the Umngazi Valley.

We have also assisted the three local schools to join up with the My School Programme. Hence you can support the schools by linking your Woolworths card to MySchool and every time you swipe your card; 1% of your purchase will go to your nominated school. You can nominate up to three schools.
Go onto www.myschool.co.za to register. And click on one or more of our Umngazi Valley Schools :
Vukandlule Junior Secondary School
Cwebeni Junior Secondary School
Sicambeni Junior Secondary School
Please call Michele Walker at Umngazi if you have any further queries.

Your on-going support and love of our special valley is so appreciated.
We thank you in advance for your generosity and spirit!

At the end of January we were graced with a visit of a different kind. Lloyd Gillespie and Isabel Wolf arrived on horseback and we were lucky to be one of their stopovers on their 7410 kilometer ride; which started in Durban on the 10 July 2009 and ended in Durban on the 18 February 2011. The aim of their ride has been to create awareness and raise funds for the African Horse Sickness and the Wild Coast Equine Welfare Project. For more info visit www.ridingforhorses.co.za or click here to read more...

Congrats to Yongama & Nwabisa Qunu on their 20th Wedding Anniversary celebration - what a special time!

St Paddy's hits Umngazi... we go GREEN!

Umngazi hosted it's own Amazing Race. The race consisted of 5 tasks ranging from paddling across the river; an obstacle course over the jungle gym; a tummy rumble whereby participants had to eat certain foods including amasi (sour milk) and a sack race! It was quite a challenging race and a well deserved win to the Famous Five team followed by the Team Winners team and Winning Whales Team!

In 2008, Umngazi spent R400 000.00 with Eskom. This year we're budgeting for a cost of R1 000 000, with no increase in electricity units consumed. It baffles us as to how they can pass on such an enormous increase in a matter of 3 1/2 years?!! If we did not address the matter urgently, this would have serious tariff implications for our valued guests.

After an intensive investigation, it appears that the most sensible "quick win" will be to employ "heat pumps" in conjunction with our water geysers. This should reduce our consumption by about 30%. That is not enough and so we are engaged in further investigations on the feasibility of erecting a solar panel farm at the top of our hill as well as finding suitable wind chargers to work in tandem with the panels. The problem is, Eskom for the time being, will not allow us to generate power directly into the grid. Were it not for this problem, this programme would already be underway.

Many of you will already know that all our waste is processed through a high-tech purification works, which produces water of sufficient quality to be recycled into the gardens in due course. Furthermore, just like many of you, Umngazi separates various categories of other disposable waste but unfortunately, The Municipality of Port St Johns, does not have the facilities at the moment, to deal with separated waste. It's a great shame because the little village would love to be regarded as a desirable tourist destination and yet they are not dealing with important matters like this at the present time. Nevertheless, we shall continue to move the bureaucrats in the right direction until a proper outcome is finally achieved.

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 40g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 40g caster sugar
  • 1-1 1/2 tbs plain flour
  • 50g almond flour
  • Melted chocolate, to drizzle
  • Pastry
  • 125g plain flour
  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp pure icing sugar
  • Praline
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup (50g) flaked almonds
  • 1 Tablespoons each red and green glace cherries, diced
  • 1-2 Tablespoons chopped mixed peel


  1. For the praline, place a large piece of foil on a baking tray and grease with butter. Place sugar and 2 tablespoons cold water in a saucepan over low heat and stir with a wooden spoon until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium and cook, without stirring, for 10 minutes or until a golden caramel colour (brushing down sides of pan occasionally with a damp pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals forming). Stir in the almonds, cherries and peel, and pour mixture evenly onto foil. Allow praline to cool and set, then break into shards.
  2. Grease six 8cm loose-bottomed tart pans. For pastry, place flour, butter and sugar in a food processor and pulse until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add enough cold water to bring dough together into a smooth ball. Enclose in plastic wrap and chill for 15 minutes.
  3. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured board until 5mm thick. Use a 12cm cutter to cut 6 rounds from pastry, then use to line tart pans. Chill for 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 190°C. Line tarts with baking paper and fill with pastry weights or uncooked rice. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, beat together butter, egg and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer for 2 minutes until pale and thick. Fold in flour and meal with a metal spoon.
  6. Remove the baking paper and weights or rice from the tart shells and fill with almond-meal mixture. Return to oven for a further 10 minutes until filling is firm.
  7. Leave tarts to cool for 2 minutes, then decorate with praline shards and drizzle with melted chocolate

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.


We have been humbled by our latest awards and thank-you once again to you, our guest....

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NWJ Bridal Fair : 4-6 March 2011, Durban
Gold Medal award for stand design

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Best Eastern Cape Seaside Resort & Runner up to Best Eastern Cape Spa & Wellness Centre at the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency's 2nd Annual Adventure Province Tourism Awards in East London on 24 March 2011

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Best Place to stay 2011 Award

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Nominated for:
Africa's Leading Family Resort:
Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa, South Africa
If you would like to vote, please click on the official online voting at www.worldtravelawards.com/vote

For those attending Indaba this year (7-10 May 2011) - join us for a cup of Beavercreek Transkei Gold Coffee on stand DEC2C06!

On that note, we very much welcome your feedback and will include wherever possible your suggestions to even further improve the product and service.

Until Winter, happy, blessed holidays & most importantly have fun!
The Umngazi Team

Tel: +27 (0) 47 564 1115/ 6/ 8 /9 | Cell no: 082 3215841/2| Email: enquiries@umngazi.co.za | Web: www.umngazi.co.za