Two people mountain biking next to umngazi estuary


South Africa’s least spoilt coastline is found in the Eastern Cape between the Mtamvuna River in the north and the Great Kei River to the south.  The area is untamed, rugged, remote and the perfect place to go to get away from it all.

The Umngazi Hotel & Spa can be found on this Wild Coast 20kms from 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.

A holiday to Umngazi is an exciting adventure and experience that will last all who visit a lifetime.



According to Pondo history, when the legendary King Faku found it necessary to execute his enemies at Mlengana (Execution) Rock, their blood “igazi” literally ran down the streams into the river known as the Umngazi River. In the 19th century, troops from the British Garrison established a fresh water supply point at Umngazi for the soldiers moving between Grahamstown and Port Natal. The river still supplies the hotel today.

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Our chefs offer delectable home cooking and fantastic local cuisine to compliment this wonderful escape. Enjoy mouth-watering delights while lounging on the deck or find a private spot in the Green Door Wine Cellar or the Riverside Gazebo where you can tantalise your taste buds.

Wind down for the day with sundowners on the Sunset Cruise or on the deck, where one can enjoy visitors’ stories from yesteryear in Basil’s bar.

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Fresh and contemporary rooms, designed to optimise views and privacy, exude coastal holiday comfort.

Room types: Garden, River, Sea, Emlonyeni (River Mouth), Honeymoon
and Ntabeni (2 exclusive hillside spa suites).

All rooms are designed with an outside shower and individual patio.
Inter-leading room options are available to accommodate families and friends.
Extra beds and cots are available on request.

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Umngazi is a children’s paradise where kids are free to run barefoot in the mud, slip & slide, ride sand dunes, cast a fishing rod and make holiday crafts.

Parents may soak up quiet pool time or unwind at our spa while child minders take care of little ones.

A separate, well-catered dining room for kids makes mealtimes a pleasure.

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We’ve put together a list of suggested items to bring on holiday.

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Mid-October to mid-February:

Hot, sunny days and warm nights with occasional thunderstorms.

Mid-February to April:

Warm days with little rain, ideal for travelling and sightseeing.

May to July:

Great weather with deep blue skies, mild sunny days and no wind or rain.

August to mid-October:

Temperatures begin to rise in anticipation of summer.


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

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