My SthAfrican partner has been staying at Umngazi since he was a small boy in the 60s and has returned many times since with his own children for family holidays. So when we travelled to Sth Africa from Australia in January he was very keen to return to Umngazi after ten years away. I was not entirely convinced given it sounded like such a family oriented place and my preference was for a romantic beach break!
To my pleasant surprise, Umngazi caters for all! The location is truly amazing - a place of truly unspoiled and unique natural beauty. Loads of great activities if u are up for it - the guided walks are fabulous and the local guides incredibly knowledgeable. The fishing is great and hiring a boat and guide well worthwhile. Most memorable was the pair of us jumping into the river at its mouth and floating with the tide on a huge palm frond all the way back up the river to the hotel.
Rooms delightful. Clean and charming. Outdoor shower is magic.
As other reviewers say, not for foodies (which we tend to be) but food is ok and other aspects of your stay well make up for this.
Great service from local staff... First night in the dining room, an elderly staff member came up to my partner and called him by name. She had apparently been his nanny at the hotel over 40 years ago and had seen him from time to time over the years and still remembered him!! Truly amazing. Brought a tear to the eye!!
Magical place. Long way from Oz but we will definitely be back.
PS don't miss the double massage at the spa!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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 - 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. Weekly fly-in packages are available Friday to Friday from Durban where you fly at 500 feet above sea level along the beautiful coastline - a wonderful way to start your holiday. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Umngazi River Bungalows Hotel Port St Johns
- Umngazi River Hotel
- Umngazi River Resort