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  • Reflecting back on 2010… fun times at Umngazi!
  • Our décor refurb & an intro to Suzie
  • Staff Update
  • Umngazi Recipe for a Summer luncheon
  • February Spa Promotion
  • The more the merrier group promo
  • The Umngazi Pondo Pedal 2011 – a date to diarise!

We hope that you have had a very special & blessed Festive Season. May 2011 bring you and yours peace, prosperity, health, happiness and joy.

2010 was an extraordinary year. There have been natural disasters, earthquakes, tsunamis. There have been stories of remarkable courage such as the miners in Chile being rescued 69 days underground. I am sure the highlight for all has been the hosting of the spectacular World Cup.

Umngazi has had a very colourful (note the décor!) and an exciting year. We have been blessed with guests like you & thank-you for your ongoing support!

Looking back we have had an action packed, fun filled year…


"Our Cupids in action!"


Vote Now!

We exhibited at Africa's largest (over 2000 exhibitors & over 10000 delegates), most impressive trade travel show, Indaba. Our candy & Beavercreek locally grown Transkei Gold Coffee bar kept abuzz - caffeine & sugar assisted the process! For those who attended Indaba, good to see you & thanks for popping in! We were also most delighted to welcome some of our Umngazi team who had the opportunity of attending the AA Awards at the City Hall & visited the new Moses Mabhida Stadium. It was a great way to celebrate their 15 year service to Umngazi. We were also privileged to have won the AA Awards (Family Resort Category).Congrats to the other finalists.


"World Cup Fever Strikes!!"


“Feel it; it is here”…a comment made by one of our staff members when the winners of the 11th Imana appeared over the famous “sand boarding” dune. It certainly captured a similar energy, excitement and a sense of pride as the World Cup. We were privileged to have hosted the final stage & awards dinner for this awesome event. On behalf of the Umngazi team – well done to the participants, organisers and those who made it happen!

The results were as follows:
RESULTS - Overall: Nick Floros & Iain Don-Wauchope (W-Squared/ Mountain Splendour) 10h28.50, Tyrone White & Sean Merredew (Russell White Racing) 11h11.41, Martin Dreyer & Lloyd Darby (Pope’s Partners) 11h42.23, Steve Stamp & Glen Haw (Imana Farmers) 11h55.31, Peter Smith & Willie Brink (Team Jeep) 12h02.36.

Mixed: Jane & Ian Seggie (Without Kids) 13h05.53, Lindsey Chicken & Bjorn Vye (Blue Flag) 13h07.09, Ann Harrison & Paul Jacobs (Team Giant) 13h46.39

Ranging from Mother & Daughter’s tea parties, small intimate weddings, special Birthday celebrations, engagements, honeymoons, Shebeen tours …we’ve done it all!


Let’s get to know our fun, whacky interior designer, Suzie van Niekerk based in Durban. Suzie has featured in the ANDREW MARTIN WORLD INTERIOR DESIGN PREVIEW, experienced designer who has been in the industry for many years. She has also been a guest at Umngazi and has got to understand Umngazi guest needs. Her flair for colour, her compassion & energy has been most inspiring…

Suzie what’s inspired you to choose the colours you chose for Umngazi’s colour palette? Wonderful energy that radiates from the staff with their gorgeous colourful clothing and most of all from enthusiastic and passionate owners who have a great love of colour and allowed me to create a fabulously rich riot of colours, textures and shapes!

What’s your favourite hobby at Umngazi? Spending time at the wonderful SPA relaxing and being pampered and to top it , with the popping of that infamous cork… for a sip of bubbles!!

What’s your favourite Umngazi scene? Watching everybody having tons of fun with the back drop of NGUNIi cows lazing across the river on the white sandy beach! Nowhere in the world……

What’s your fav Umngazi dish? Too many to isolate……………..mmmm……THE DESSERTS!!!!

What do you love most about your career? When a client’s dream and our combined vision becomes a reality creating challenging shapes, forms ,complex textures but quintessentially elegance and comfort .

What inspires you? Our RICH BOLD COLOURFUL CHAOTIC African environment with an ECLECTIC TWIST.

How would you describe yourself? PASSIONATE and SOULFUL with loads of enthusiasm but always PERFECTION!

Your fav Umngazi moment? ARRIVING!!!!!

What would you recommend to a first time Umngazi guest? What they all do…. Book immediately for the next year cause you never want to leave!!


We bid a warm welcome to our youngest Umngazi team player…Mr Cai Walker born on the 31 July.
Congratulations to the Walker family.

We also welcomed Lizelle, our Spa Therapist & Steve our Entertainment Manager.

Well done to our cycling guide, Justin for completing the Imana! You made us so proud!

Summer Chicken salad wrap with a Honey & Mustard dressing, served with a tomato and mozzarella dressing

  • 1 x tortilla wrap
  • 1 x chicken breast cut into thin slices
  • 1 teaspoon chicken spice / or seasoning of your choice
  • White wine vinegar and olive oil
  • 5 basil leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons smooth cottage cheese
  • 2 lettuce leaves
  • ½ cup of diced tomato, onion and cucumber
  • Whole grain mustard
  • Honey
  • 3 slices of tomato
  • 3 slices of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon basil pesto


  1. Season chicken strips with chicken spice, grill in oven.
  2. Mix the honey and mustard together and add a little white wine vinegar and olive oil to create a vinaigrette
  3. Once the chicken has cooled pour ½ of the mustard dressing making sure each strip is evenly coated
  4. Spread a thin layer of whole grain mustard and cottage cheese on the wrap. Layer the following in the centre of the wrap lettuce, tomato salsa, fresh basil and then chicken strips then fold the wrap
  5. Drizzle remaining dressing over the wrap
  6. Salad: layer slices of tomato and Mozzarella and drizzle with Basil pesto

60 mins R850 per couple

Let your mind & body escape into the timeless sensation of peace & tranquility ……. with your partner. Custom make your treatment by choosing any 3 of the following of the following 20 minute treatments:

  • relaxing foot & ankle
  • back massage
  • express facial
  • express mani
  • express pedi
  • scalp and neck

ADD ON : after your treatment immerse yourselves in a spa bath and sip on a bottle of bubbly for an extra R150

45 mins – R300

Share a romantic spa bath and a bottle of bubbly with someone special… snacks will be served while you soak away and watch the dolphins play!

Celebrating a Birthday, a family reunion or just want to have a fun time with a bunch of mates at Umngazi…then this promo is for you!

Book for a minimum of 8 people (adults) or more and receive a complimentary Sunset Cruise & a River Breakfast. Book for a minimum of 4 days & receive 20% off your accommodation portion of your fully inclusive rate.

The promo is valid for the following periods:

  • 23 January – 17 February 2011
  • 1 May – 23 June 2011
  • 19 - 30 July 2011
  • 5 - 22 September 2011
  • 17 October – 04 December 2011

Booking Guidelines:

  • Daily rates are based on per person per night including 3 meals per day plus VAT
  • Group promo only valid for stipulated out of season dates
  • Activities are weather dependent and cannot be exchanged
  • 40% Single supplement charged
  • Excludes Agents Commission
  • Normal children’s rate apply

Experience a cycle race with a difference! Enjoy 4 nights accommodation at Umngazi (the base camp) and cycle our 3 leaf clover routes – designed route for 3 days. Kindly note that this is a riders only event from the 1-5 June 2011. For more info, please click here or drop Damian a mail on damian@bactive.biz.

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

We look forward to welcoming you to Umngazi in 2011 and ensure that your experience will be one that you will treasure forever. We thank-you for your support and look forward to creating many more happy memories.

Happy training for those participating in the 2011 Pondo Pedal, stay focused and love life as it will love you back!

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