• Embracing Winter holidays
  • Take action, inspire change on
    Nelson Mandela Day
  • Momentum Umngazi Pondo Pedal Adventure
  • Winter Warm Recipe
  • Plan your Umngazi break
  • Celebration & Sunshine Promo
  • Community Update
  • Did you know?

Goeiedag, Moloweni and Shalom!

Winter has certainly made its presence with crisp, chilly mornings, groves of blooming beautiful red and orange aloes and the odd glimpse of frolicking whales and pods of dolphins.

Winter holidays have created a wonderful opportunity for guests to reconnect as a family in a wholesome, beautiful, carefree environment.


As a young boy Madiba used to herd cattle in the grasslands and bushveld of the Eastern Cape. According to his autobiography, Mandela would also look up at the stars, and wonder what caused them to shine.

Perhaps his immersion in nature as a child gave him a sense of wonder and respect for the Earth, but what is certainly true is that as an adult, Madiba was a conservationist and lover of the land.

"I believe that South Africa is the most beautiful place on earth," Mandela once wrote.

For the first time in our democratic history, we've had to make due without Madiba herding us forward with his steely resolve, profound graciousness and eternal wisdom. The late president's no longer leading from the back, holding us responsible for our commitment to each other and selflessly allowing us to calibrate our own moral compasses against his unfaltering sense of direction.

It's fallen to us to carry on his legacy. There's no better time to start taking charge than on Mandela Day (18 July). Once merely the great statesman's birthday, the day's now been transformed into an unofficial international philanthropic event that encourages individuals across the world to spend 67 minutes doing good in honour of the 67 years Mandela devoted to fighting for social justice.

As the Noble Peace Prize winner said, "We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right." Bearing all the above in mind; Umngazi guests and staff pledged 67 minutes to make some lives a better place in the Umngazi valley.

Thank-you to guests and our team for getting involved and uplifting their current living standards. Everyone enthusiastically created a vegetable patch, painted their home, cleaned up and did some DIY. It was a humbling experience many.

Umngazi proudly hosted its fourth Grindrod Bank Pondo Pedal from the 4-8 June 2014 and will be hosting its second Momentum Pondo Pedal Family Adventure and the 15th Imana Wild Ride.

We once again thank all riders for their ongoing support, generosity and for making the difference to our local schools and learners lives in the Umngazi valley. Entries are open for the 2015 race. 2015 Race dates are from the 3-7 June 2015

It gave us great pleasure this year to introduce the secondMomentum Umngazi Pondo Pedal ADVENTURE, the more "chilled" cousin of the Pondo Pedal Race.

We once again thank all riders for their ongoing support,
generosity and for making the difference to our local schoolsand learners lives in the Umngazi valley.
Entries are open for the 2014 race.

2015 Race dates are from the 10-14 September 2014

This soup is ideal for a light supper served with a salad and fresh crispy bread.


  • 2 TABLESPOON oil
  • 1 TABLESPOON butter
  • 1 onion - chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 leeks - washed and sliced
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 250g BROWN mushrooms - sliced
  • 1 TABLESPOON fresh chopped parsley
  • 3 TABLESPOON flour
  • 600ml chicken stock (Mix 600ml boiling water with 3 teaspoon chicken stock powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Crack black pepper
  • Pinch sugar
  • 2 TABLESPOON sherry
  • 1 TABLESPOON soya sauce
  • 1 cup milk (250ml)
  • 100ml fresh cream


  • Choose a pot to cook the soup in
  • Chop and peel your onion and garlic. Wash and chop your leeks
  • Heat up the oil and the butter in the pot
  • Add chopped onion, garlic and leek to pot and let it cook without changing colour. Must stay white.
  • Boil kettle and make 600ml of stock.
  • Add sliced brown mushrooms and chopped parsley to pot
  • Stir in the flour and mix well
  • Add hot chicken stock and rosemary (keep whole) and salt and pepper, sugar, and soya sauce
  • Let cook on low heat - After about 10 minutes add the milk and the sherry
  • Let it cool for 10 minutes and take out the sprig of rosemary
  • Liquidize / Blend until smooth
  • Add cream

The Grindrod Pondo Pedal Race auction raised a staggering total of R92 100.00 for the Friends of Umngazi Community Fund. A big thank-you to all riders your kindness and support blows us all away and to Grindrod Bank thank-you for your generous contribution. You have touched lives and made a difference. We salute you!

Our vision for the Friends of Umngazi fund proceeds to assist the four local schools with some of their needs. Their needs include additional class rooms, toilets, retiling, ceiling boards and sport fields.

Plan your 2014/5 holiday or simply take advantage of our out of season packages over the following periods:

16/07/2014 - 08/08/2014
09/09/2014 - 26/09/2014
08/10/2014 - 04/12/2014
18/01/2015 - 12/03/2015
04/05/2015 - 25/06/2015
19/07/2015 - 06/08/2015
31/08/2015 - 17/09/2015
12/10/2015 - 03/12/2015

Umngazi received an Certificate of Excellence
Award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given to establishments that
consistently achieve outstanding traveler
reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to
qualifying businesses worldwide.
Establishments awarded the Certificate of
Excellence are located all over the world
and represent the upper echelon of
businesses listed on the website.

Umngazi congratulates the winners and
finalists of the Les Nouvelles Awards 2015...

Every year southern right whales migrate from their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica to warmer climates, reaching South Africa in June. The coastal waters teem with the giant animals, mating, calving and rearing their young - and giving whale-watchers spectacular displays of raw power and elegant water acrobatics.

The southern right gets its name from the simple fact it was once regarded it as the "right" whale to hunt - the animals are slow-moving, rich in oil and baleen, float when killed and provide an enormous yield. This "rightness" brought the animals to the brink of extinction in the early 20th century, as whalers killed an estimated 20 000 of the animals. Protected in South African waters since 1935, their numbers have slowly crept back to a world population of some
4 000, most of which visit the country's coastline every year.

From Cape St Francis to the rugged Wild Coast are numerous vantage points to see humpbacks, Bryde's, minke and killer whales and quite often southern rights, especially in Algoa Bay, while sperm and beaked whales approach close to shore off Port St Johns. Humpback whales are spotted almost daily during their northward migration from May to July and again on their return journey from November to January, occasionally being spotted as far north as Cape Vidal.

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 Spring, "Ungapoli Umoya" meaning
"Don't run out of spirit"...
The Umngazi Team

Umngazi Mouth (Pty) Ltd
PO Box 520, Port st Johns Wild Coast, Eastern Cape
South Africa 5120

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