In our Autumn issue:

  • Fun times with us - Christmas and New Year at Umngazi
  • Our Social Media Update
  • "Catch of the day!"
  • The Umngazi Estuary Case Study
  • Getting to know our guests (Craig Joubert)
  • Umngazi Recipe for Autumn
  • The Grindrod Bank Umngazi Pondo Pedal
    2012: 6 - 10 June 2012 - a date to diarise!
  • Green and Community Initiatives Updates
  • Our 2012 Out of Season Packages, Promos
    and Shows
  • Did you know?


Our Christmas Eve theme this year was purple and gold theme and was a truly spectacular celebration. Our church service was held on the slipway deck followed by Santa arriving on his bicycle.

New Year started with a bang with our Umngazi "Western Party" where guests had great fun playing poker in our Gambling Saloon and a Jail house and barn were set up for dancing cowboys and cowgirls!


We are very excited to announce that Umngazi has endeavoured a social media facelift and has refreshed our website, our facebook and twitter page. Be the first to know about our latest promos, news, guest stories & pics - like us on our facebook page or follow us on Twitter and stand a chance of winning a 5 night stay! Competition opens on the 01st May 2012. Winners will be announced on the 31st May 2012!



We were delighted to welcome and congratulate, a long standing guest of Umngazi; namely Margie Steyn for her 47th visit and her 80th Birthday celebration.

Besides celebrating all the above she also achieved to catch an unbelievably large yellow-belly rockcod. We salute her great achievements.

Well done Margie!


A twelve year continuous study has been underway on the Umngazi Estuary system by Prof Tris Wooldridge from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. Umngazi is located in the biogeographical transition zone between subtropical and temperate regions and therefore supports a mix of species from these climatic zones. There is nothing similar to this study in the rest of the country, so it is a unique data set and is providing us with a lot of new info. We shall keep you informed on all the new findings. Meanwhile it would seem as though the Umngazi estuary ranks in the Top 10 in the country in terms of its overall condition.


It gave us great pleasure to welcome Craig, Charmaine and Max Joubert as guests to Umngazi soon after the World Cup. As we all know; Craig is a South African professional rugby union referee. He has officiated at international level since 2003 with the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final being his most high-profile match. He attended Maritzburg College and then the University of Natal to study business finance. He then went into corporate banking, a profession in which he spent five years before taking up refereeing on a full-time basis. Joubert's father Des, a referee at provincial level, encouraged Craig to take up refereeing as a teenager. We thought it would be a good idea from us to get to know a different side to Craig and his wonderful family...

  • I can not live without...
    My blackberry. With access to emails, sms's, bbm's, whatsapp etc I can keep up to date and in touch with everything at home, even when I'm on the other side of the world.

  • To recharge, I...
    I like to play golf. Umngazi regular, Roger Newman, is a regular Wed afternoon opponent who seems quite happy to hand over money in losing bets!?

  • My favourite book/movie is...
    I always take a few books overseas with me and kill the hundreds of hours I spend on airplanes each year reading mystery/suspense novels.

  • I love Umngazi because...
    I love Umngazi because in all the travel I have done to many varied and wonderful places, I have yet to come across a stretch of coast that compares to our Wild Coast. It has without doubt the most naturally spectacular beaches I have experienced. Umngazi marries the experience of the Wild Coast with an upmarket and totally relaxing resort. It is a family holiday dream, the kids love it and so do mum and dad! My personal highlights include the sunset cruise and fish eagle feeding and the Sat night seafood evening is every bit as sensational as the legend!

  • If I win the lotto I would...
    I would not change a thing about my life - I'm very fortunate to do what I love for a living.


Prune Almond & Rosemary Stuffed Chicken with a
Honey Orange Glaze


  • 10 cups pitted prune roughly chopped
  • 1kg flaked almonds
  • 30 sprigs rosemary leaves only
  • 15 garlic cloves crushed
  • 5 onions finely chopped
  • 2 bags chicken pieces
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 3 1/5 cups honey
  • 10 Tbs spoons butter
  • 5 cups orange juice


  1. Pre heat oven to 200 C
  2. Mix together the prunes, almonds, garlic and rosemary. Stuff the mixture under the skins of the chicken pieces and season well. Place in an oven tray and roast until golden and cooked
  3. Heat honey butter and orange juice in a sauce pan and simmer until mixture thickens
  4. Serve the chicken with the honey glaze drizzled over


Experience a cycle race with a difference – we only have 10 team spaces left! Enjoy 4 nights accommodation at Umngazi (the base) and cycle our 3 clover leaf routes – a different one each day. Kindly note that this is a riders only (no space at the Inn unfortunately) event from the 6-10 June 2012. For more info, please click here or drop Damian a mail on or visit our website or


In 2008, Umngazi spent R400 000.00 with Eskom. This year we're budgeting for a cost of 1 million Rand, 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" was "heat pumps" in conjunction with our water geysers. This has reduced our electricity charge 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... but we not giving up!

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.

We are delighted to announce that R25'000 was raised which enabled us to provide over 1000 packs in our Stationary Drive and nurture this important need for the children in the Umngazi Valley. Thank you to all the wonderful families, individuals and companies that contributed to this wonderful project.

For 2012 we have seen a great need for building projects - from store rooms to kitchens, from Grade R class rooms to basic admin / storage rooms and toilets. There is also a great need for sports equipment - soccer and netball equipment and kit! Should anyone want to contribute to the 4 local Umngazi schools in any way - please contact Michele on

We thank guests who have got involved in the My School Programme and linked their Woolworths cards to our Umngazi Valley Schools, namely:

  • Vukandlule Junior Secondary School
  • Cwebeni Junior Secondary School
  • Sicambeni Junior Secondary School

Please call Michele Walker at Umngazi should you have any further queries. Note that 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 to register. And click on one or more of our schools as above.

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


Each year, a Bird of the Year is chosen by BirdLife South Africa. The Bird of the Year for 2012 is the African Fish-Eagle.

The African Fish Eagle is a large bird, and the female, at 3.2 - 3.6 kg is larger than the male, at 2 - 2.5 kg. Its distinctive cry is, for many, evocative of the spirit or essence of Africa.

This year, our pair of Fish Eagles have once again raised their chick
successfully. The three of them can be seen flying together at the present time - a wonderful sighting our sunset cruise.

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

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