Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa

Eastern Cape

Rooms: 69 bungalows: 67 twin or double on request, all have en/s bathrooms, most with baths & outdoor showers; 2 luxury king suites, in-house spa treatments, canapes & golf buggy service.

Prices: Bungalows: R1,145 – R2,520 pppn sharing fully–inclusive 3 meals. Luxury Spa Suites R2,135 – R2,520 pppn sharing. Fly-in package R13 715 – R20645 pp for flight, 7 nights, all meals & transfers from Port St Johns.
* Special rates available
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Meals: All included.

Directions: From the south, Umngazi lies 90km due east of Umtata (Mthatha). From north, via Flagstaff & Lusikisiki to Port St Johns on tarred road. Also transfer service from Umtata (Mthatha) & private flight service between Durban & Port St Johns.

GPS: GPS Co-ordinates: S 31.671995- E 29.455046

Michele and Graham Walker
Umngazi River Mouth, Wild Coast, Port St Johns, Eastern Cape

Tel: (0)47-564-1115/6/7
Cell: (0)82-321-5841
Fax: (0)47-564-1210
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The Wild Coast may be South Africa’s most spectacular and yet least touristy region. As the land began to drop steeply, giving way to dense bush, rivers, dunes and ultimately, the Indian Ocean, my spirits lifted. By the time I turned off onto the home stretch of dirt road, spotting signs of 'You are now entering a stress-free zone' and 'nearly there, last 10km!', I was getting really excited. Umngazi is simply breath-taking. It's larger than our average place, but you'd never know it. Here you will feel as though you have stumbled across a deserted tropical land, with you and the other guests (plus cows, donkeys, fish eagles, etc) its only lucky inhabitants. Despite its size I felt thoroughly at home and spoiled by the warm, personal service. After being greeted like a long-lost friend and treated to afternoon tea, I quickly checked in to my beautiful thatched suite before heading out for a lazy sundowner river-boat trip. At dinner I mingled with other guests, some of the most relaxed and happy ones I've ever met, and in the morning I went all-out with a relaxing massage in the Umngazi Spa. With so much to do and see (swimming in the pool, the river or the sea, fishing off rocks or boats, walking in the forests, sunset bird-watching cruises, for example), I would recommend a minimum 3 nights to take it all in and unwind. Slow travel personified. The spa offers (among other things) the signature four-hand Pondo massage and an Umoja couples treatment (one for the romantics!) while you look out on 180-degree views of the Indian Ocean.

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Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa
Umngazi Award Winning Spa
Pondo dancing and singing on Saturday eves
Admiring the beautiful scenery
Beautiful Nguni cows on the beach
Beautiful aloes on the Wild Coast
Scenic cycling and trail running routes
Our Annual MTB Pondo Pedal race in June/July
Walks on the beach
Paddling on the Umngazi River
Dining on the deck
Views from the Double Honeymoon Bungalow Bathroom
Honeymoon Suite

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Current Special Rates

Please make it known to your host that you are applying for this discount because you have found it on the Greenwood Guides website.

3 night out of season packages from R3360.00 per person and 5 night out of season packages from R5400 per person.

What to Do in the Area

"The Mountain Bike Race with a heart"

Umngazi Pondo Pedal - 4 night stay, 3 day cycle. Visit for further info. The race takes place from the 7-11 June 2017.