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EXPERIENCES AT UMNGAZI

Umngazi Hotel & Spa is a beautiful destination where you can actively engage your sense of adventure, whether it be outside exploring or inside relaxing. This is the place of real experiences that will leave a lasting impression with all who visit this breathtaking part of the Wild Coast.

There are a wide variety of facilities and activities to enjoy that have been designed to enrich your stay with us.

FACILITIES

THE GAP & BLOWHOLE HIKE

A geological phenomenon!
The hole has been created by years of wave erosion. Water is forced into a narrow gully which ends in a natural chimney-like hole from which the water spurts out creating a dramatic ‘Blow Hole’ effect. The effect is best seen at high tide and when seas are rough.

Mangrove & Cwebeni Hike

Unique ecosystem!
See the Red, Black and White Mangroves in all their glory, plus a leisurely kayak trip through the swamps to the Umngazana River Mouth.

The Mngazana Mangrove is the third largest forest in South Africa. Bees are attracted to the Black Mangroves which has led to the formation of the Cwebeni Village Bee Farming Project, located on the hill above the Mangroves. The honey has a distinct sweet & sour flavour and is available for sale in the Umngazi shop (seasonal).

Sugar Loaf Hike

Breathtaking scenery!

The hike takes you along Sugar Loaf hill parallel to the Indian Ocean.

You’ll pass an area called Umblolombo where the famous Horizon Ship sank in 1967. The blue & red lights situated in the hotel bar were salvaged from this wreck. Wind your way down to the ocean or stay at the top of the hill and admire the views.

BIRD WALK

Venture out on a relaxing amble with our experienced birding guides, Albert and Freedom. They will show you an impressive array of bird-life attracted to the area due to the rich estuarine and mangrove environments found on the Wild Coast.
A local bird list is available at Reception.

BOAT CRUISE & FOREST WALK

An easy-going meander for the whole family.
Guests enjoy a scenic boat cruise up the Umngazi River, while guides point out the many prolific water birds. Gradually emerge into an ancient indigenous forest, home to exquisite ferns and trees.

TEA AT ALICE’S HOUSE

Sample the local way of life.
Guests are accompanied on an excursion into a nearby village to have tea with Alice – an unforgettable experience. Alice has a special brand of hospitality that reaches beyond formalities and radiates genuine interest.

THE SPA

Set on the Umngazi hillside, you will be treated to a secluded, tranquil experience, with breathtaking views of the coastline below, while our dedicated, professional therapists are on hand with a full range of spa treatments to revive your mind, body and soul.

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CHILDREN’S DINING ROOM
(ages 5 years and under)

This charming, sociable space, provides sanctuary to families wanting to feed babies and children outside of adult mealtimes. Parents are free to make use of the space throughout the day according to preferred feeding routines.

CHILDREN’S TV LOUNGE

This is a cozy and relaxed area for children to enjoy scheduled screenings of their favourite programmes.

CREATIVE CORNER

A bright sensory space designed to stimulate the creativity and imagination of little ones, where daily activities and crafts are run.

Explore beautiful and undulating trails over varied terrain in the surrounding area.
Umngazi does not keep bikes on site so please bring your own.

Each rider is asked to pay R150 (as a once-off fee) to the local community for route maintenance.

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The Wild Coast is known for its rugged coastline, good fishing and abundant seafood. Frequently caught fish species include: Salmon, Musselcracker, Grunter and Rock Cod (from the shore), as well as Red Steenbras, Daggeraad and Yellow Tail (deep sea). Local guides (‘Gilllies’), may be hired to assist on fishing trips.

Rules and Regulations 
Umngazi is an eco-friendly destination and we adhere strictly to the seasonal and licensing laws of South Africa. Should you require any clarity on these regulations, please do not hesitate to enquire at Reception.

ROCK AND SURF ANGLING

SUMMER AND AUTUMN (NOV – APR)

Heavy tackle fishing from the deep water points is normally good during the Summer months. Bronze Bream, Black Tail & the odd Brusher in gullies/white water. Bait prawns, crab & red bait.

WINTER AND SPRING (MAY – OCT)

The first two months should produce some Cob, Garrick and Shad as the Sardines arrive. From July onwards, the Cob, Garrick & Shad are normally plentiful. Live bait is preferred. From August until October, the Garrick are very big and August is the best month for Cob.

RIVER AND ESTUARY

SUMMER AND AUTUMN (NOV – APR)

Good light tackle fishing including fly-fishing can be experienced in Umngazi & Umngazana estuaries. Varieties include Spotted Grunter, Cob, Perch, Skipjack, Garrick & Kingfish. Live bait, prawns, sardines are all good. Your fly shop can advise on good salt water flies & drop shot lures.

WINTER AND SPRING (MAY – OCT)

Good fishing in most of the estuaries. Some produce decent Garrick, Spotted Grunter & Cob. If the river mouth seals up due to drought and Winter seas, estuary fishing slacks off.

Enjoy a tranquil meander up the Umngazi River and marvel at its rich biodiversity.
Reflect on the day and encounter our resident African Fish Eagle.
Snacks are provided, drinks to be pre-ordered at the bar.
Book at Reception.

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A short ferry cruise or paddle up river will take you to a secluded destination where a buffet breakfast is set out amid the vibrant indigenous bush.

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Mountain Biking

Explore beautiful and undulating trails over varied terrain in the surrounding area.
Umngazi does not keep bikes on site so please bring your own.

Each rider is asked to pay R150 (as a once-off fee) to the local community for route maintenance.

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BIRDING

Umngazi is a walking and hiking paradise with an extensive array of birdlife attracted to the unique ecosystem. Guided bird walks offer close encounters with forest and water birds.

A local bird list is available at Reception.

BIRD LIST

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BIRDING

Umngazi is a walking and hiking paradise with an extensive array of birdlife attracted to the unique ecosystem. Guided bird walks offer close encounters with forest and water birds.

A local bird list is available at Reception.

BIRD LIST

MORE ACTIVITIES

PICNICS
TRAIL RUNNING
KAYAKING

SUNSET CRUISE

Enjoy a tranquil meander up the Umngazi River and marvel at its rich biodiversity.
Reflect on the day and encounter our resident African Fish Eagle.
Snacks are provided, drinks to be pre-ordered at the bar.

Book at Reception.

Please enquire at Reception for more information. 

BUSH BREAKFAST

A short ferry cruise or paddle up river will take you to a secluded destination where a buffet breakfast is set out amid the vibrant indigenous bush.

Please enquire at Reception for more information. 

UMNGAZI HOTEL & SPA

An award-winning, unique, beach hotel and spa on the Wild Coast of South Africa.

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