Umgazi Eastern Cape

Discover the magic of the Wild Coast at Umngazi. Discover the rugged coastline and indigenous forests. Discover breathtaking scenery, crystal blue waters and the pristine white sands of idyllic beaches. This is Umngazi

Discover Umngazi and you’ll discover a true paradise. Our rates include three delicious meals per day, so make sure you bring a healthy appetite.

The Wild Coast may be South Africa’s most spectacular & yet least touristy region with it’s rocky coastline, indigenous forests, secluded coves and many river mouths. And all this is on your doorstep at Umngazi, an award winning family resort & spa.

The thatch-roofed bungalows are situated amongst the indigenous gardens which provide the perfect setting for a totally relaxed holiday.

Winner of: Family Resort Award – Hall of Fame
– AA Quality Assured Accommodation Awards 2012

Winner of: Hotel/ Resort Spa of the Year
– The Professional Beauty Awards 2012 South Africa

Winner of: Best Beach Wedding Venue
– 2012 ABIA (Africa Bridal Industry Academy)Winner of: Best Honeymoon Destination
— 2012 ABIA (Africa Bridal Industry Academy)

Awarded: 3 Flutes (Long List Category)
– 2012 (South Africa’s Wine List of the Year Awards – Food 24)

Winner of: Unique Spa Concept
– 2012 (Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards)

Winner of: Diners Club International Wine List of the Year
– 2005 & 2006 (Gold), 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 (Platinum) and 2011 (Diamond)

Winner of: Destination Spa of the Year
– 2011 (The Professional Beauty Awards)

Finalist of: Unique Spa
– 2011 (Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards)


Location:   Wild  Coast Eastern Cape

Best time to visit:  South Africa’s climate offers advantages in both seasons  

Approximate per night rate :   Fully inclusive rates vary from R815.00 – R1765.00 per person per night.

Rates are fully inclusive of 3 meals per day & mid morning/afternoon tea & coffee. Rates vary and dependent on season & bungalow type. Certain activities and babysitting are extra.

Hotel/Camp/Resort activities: Rural Cultural, History,Beach, Hikes, Horse Rides,

Spend idyllic days at Umngazi, lounging on secluded beaches with only the waves crashing. Take a guided walk or strike on your own, explore the mangrove swamps, canoe up the river, myriad of birds and totally unspoiled natural beauty that this coastline has on offer. Immerse yourselves in our waterways and discover the patient dedication of fly-fishing or indulge your wild side in the adrenalin rush of sea fishing.

To compliment this wonderful escape; our chef’s offer delectable home cooking and fantastic local cuisine. Sample mouth watering home cooking & other delights while lounging on the deck or find a private spot in our wine cellar, the Green Door or the riverside Gazebo where you can tantalize your palates.



At Umngazi, you can wind up the day by enjoying sundowners on a Fish Eagle Sunset cruise or on the deck where one can enjoy the stories of visitors from yesteryear in Basil’s bar.

However whatever you choose to do at Umngazi it is sure to be a fantastic way to leave the world behind!

Bungalow Categories69 bungalows (some interleading) which have been categorized into five different categories namely : Garden, River, Sea, Emlonyeni (River Mouth), Honeymoon Cottages & our exclusive spa suites namely, Ntabeni (meaning on the hillside). Our comfortable bungalows are tastefully decorated, child friendly (expect honeymoon, Emlonyeni & Ntabeni suites) & offer tea/coffee facilities.

Perched on the panoramic hillside of the Umngazi River mouth, overlooking the scenic splendour of the Wild Coast. Bungalows are nestled amongst the kaleidoscopic fauna and flora that only the heart of Pondoland can offer. Our guests choose from 5 categories of bungalows, all of which are individually furnished & tastefully decorated.


Sunbird : Garden bungalows
Couple and Family Units These are closest to the main facility and are set amid the indigenous flora, incorporated into the picturesque garden setting. Afternoon naps are par for the course in these peaceful units, with the gentle sound of birds reminding you of the natural surroundings.Features include:
Two single beds (converted to a large king size for couples)
En suite bathroom with outside shower
Tea and coffee facility


Couple and Family Units (Wheelchair Access)Each bungalow looks out over the serene river, for total tranquility and relaxation.Features include:
Two single beds (converted to a large king size for couples)
En suite bathroom with outside shower
Tea and coffee facility


Couple and Family UnitsThese prime-located bungalows offer fantastic sea views, while maintaining a comfortable proximity to all main facilities. The inter-leading units cater most ideally to families, because they allow parents to keep their kids in close proximity and yet also enjoy that oh-so-important privacy when you need it.Features include:
Two single beds (converted to a large king size for couples)
En suite bathroom with outside shower
Tea and coffee facility




Adults OnlySituated near the mouth of the Umngazi River with a panoramic sea front view, Emlonyeni is set apart from the main hotel, offering more secluded hospitality to guests.

With a sprawling lawn laid out in front of the 3 units, this facility is ideal for groups wishing to spend time together alone or those looking for the ultimate in privacy and tranquility.

A comfortable communal lounge/dining room is located on site for the use of Emlonyeni’s guests.Features include:
Separate communal dining room/lounge
Two single beds (converted to a large king size for couples)
En suite dressing room and bathroom with outside shower
Tea and coffee facility


Adults OnlyThese private units offer spectacular views and romantic bed and bathroom facilities, with a cozy fireplace to snuggle up to in the evenings. The units are nestled into the coastal bush at a distance from the main facility (connected by a rustic walkway), to ensure ultimate privacy. The floor-to-ceiling windows and doors offer breathtaking vistas, guaranteed to meet your romantic expectations. Note that we have one double storey honeymoon suite and three single storey honeymoon bungalows.Features include:
King size bed
En suite bathroom with spa bath and double outside shower
Bar fridge
Tea and coffee facility





Adults OnlyNestled on the hillside near the spa. One will discover that our recent additions…the tastefully decorated Ntabeni spacious spa suites.

Offering 180 degree views of the ocean in luxurious comfort. The suites offer idyllic tranquillity and food for mind and soul..

Features include:
King size bed
En suite bathroom with spa bath and double outside shower (with special Spa amenities)
Bar fridge
Tea and coffee facility
Butler Service (for Breakfast)

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

Don’t leave without trying: Private dinner in the Green Door wine cellar or the Gazebo, the mangrove walk, cycling along the sublime coastline, a romantic picnic on the beach, a snorkel in the rock pools, the spa (which has just received the Les Nouvelles award for the most unique spa concept category);

Bring with you: A pram if you have a child under three, even if you don’t usually use one. Some of the rooms are a bit of a distance from the action and it’s easier to push them up the hill that to carry them.