The Wild Coast’s Hidden Gem

The Wild Coast's Hidden Gem

The magical Umngazi Hotel & Spa is a hidden gem on The Wild Coast just south of Port St Johns.  The area offers its visitors a temperate climate, long walks on unspoilt beaches, Nguni cows lazing on the beach and grazing on the rolling hillsides, colourful Xhosa huts, prolific and plentiful birdlife, delightful and friendly locals, breath-taking cliff hikes/walks and great expanses of undeveloped wilderness – not to mention the incredible sunrises and sunsets.


Umngazi Hotel & Spa is a family-oriented resort that aims to offer value for money as well as an abundance of fun and priceless memories that will last all who visit her a lifetime. The hotel boasts 68 spacious thatch-roofed rooms which are situated amongst the abundant and luscious indigenous gardens.



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.


Other activities at Umngazi include beautiful guided or self-guided walks and hikes.  The trails are well maintained for those looking to bring along their mountain bikes or for those who prefer to lace up their trail shoes.  Canoes are available for hire where you can paddle up the river or if you are less energetic, take the afternoon sunset river cruise.


Enjoy mouthwatering delights while lounging on the deck or book a private spot in the Green Door Cellar or the Riverside Gazebo where you can spoil your taste buds.  Umngazi proudly boasts a Diamond Diners Club Wine List offering an extensive array of delicious wines to suit all tastes and budgets.


Umngazi’s award-winning spa is perched at the highest point of the property and definitely worth a visit for both the treatments and the views. The dedicated and experienced therapists pride themselves in catering for individual needs providing advanced skin and body therapies to a soundtrack of nothing but rolling breakers and bird calls.


Umngazi orchestrates unforgettable romantic honeymoons and has earned a reputation as one of South Africa’s premier romantic destinations.


Emlonyeni is Xhosa for River Mouth and is where you will find the 3 suites and private lounge idyllically situated at the Umngazi River mouth. This area is exclusively for adults only, with its own communal relaxation deck and plunge pool. The Emlonyeni deck is the perfect space to sip sundowners, relax and enjoy the abundant bird life at Umngazi.



Weekly fly-in packages are available each Friday from Virginia, Durban where you fly at 600 feet above sea level along the beautiful coastline. Alternatively, SAA Airlink flies from Johannesburg to Mthatha where transfers or car hire options are available to cover the 90kms to the resort.

To find out more please contact the hotel on (047) 564 1115/6/8/9 or visit the website or email

GPS Co-ordinates: S 31 36.680 – E 29 25.938



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