Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa

Tucked away on the Wild Coast, in the heart of Pondoland, and encompassed by a rocky coastline, indigenous forests, secluded coves and breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, lies the award-winning Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa. It is an ultimate refuge for those seeking to refresh, restore and re-connect.

The 69 thatch-roofed bungalows are situated amongst the indigenous gardens which provide the perfect setting for a totally relaxed and unforgettable getaway.

Umngazi is a family-orientated resort that aims to offer the best value for money with a delicate blend of genuine indigenous delights and home comforts.

Civilisation is miles away and the surrounding hills are only sparsely dotted with colourful Xhosa huts. The resort is geared for family vacations so while you get your far-from-it-all-holiday, the children won’t be complaining of boredom.

Caretakers, activity rooms, an elaborate playground and a large splash pool will keep the little ones entertained, but everyone can enjoy games on the grass, fishing expeditions and swimming in the river. Jump on the boat to the opposite bank, clamber over the white dunes and flop onto the main beach. The only people you’ll encounter here are other guests.

Why we like it here

The lunchtime buffet on the deck features everything from fish and chips to prawn pasta and a string of salads and desserts. The kids’ dining room will give them their fill of bright orange carrots, green peas and mash.

Award-winning spa, perched at the highest point of the property. Catch your breath on the balcony while admiring Umngazi’s best beach views. The spa offers seclusion, beautiful panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and the sights, sounds and smells of the sea mingle with nature constantly.

Umngazi orchestrates unforgettable romantic honeymoons and has earned a reputation as one of South Africa’s premier romantic destinations. Special Honeymoon Bungalows have been designed to provide privacy and added pampering, while our spectacular spa provides idyllic romantic treatments for two. The dedicated and experienced therapists use imported and locally-made body products to ensure guests leave feeling relaxed, pampered and rejuvenated.

Things to be aware of

Umngazi is very popular during school holidays and over the festive season (December – January) therefore it is advisable to book well in advance.

Where we are situated