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Fri
31
Jan
A Romantic Bathing Ritual, Inspired by a old tradition

Umngazi is running an in-house promotion during the month of February 2020 for their guests. Book now to celebrate the month of love and experience a traditional and seductive bathing ritual in a beautifully romantic setting at Umngazi Hotel & Spa. Promotion includes: 1/2 hour spa bath, including a bottle of bubbly R300 per couple…

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Mon
27
Jan
Middle Eastern cauliflower and lentil salad

Ingredients: 1 cauliflower, head and stalk 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger Pinch of cayenne pepper Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 400g (2 cups) cooked lentils 12 soft or dried dates, pitted 75g (1/2 cup) almonds, toasted 1 small red…

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Mon
27
Jan
A note from Keith and Nicole

Umngazi has had a wonderfully busy and exciting Christmas season and we have so enjoyed being so warmly welcomed by our regular guests and getting to know and welcome our new guests. Our first year has just flown by and we are loving being part of all the Umngazi families.Our 2019 December Holiday program was…

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Mon
27
Jan
Introducing Khotso

What do you love most about Umngazi? What I love the most about Umngazi is where it is located. The contrasts in the landscape, fauna and flora are quite dramatic, from the green rolling hills and valleys where one can see villages far off on the horizon, to the lush coastal forests and of course…

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Fri
2
Aug
Pondo Pedal 2019
Recent Events – Pondo Pedal 2019

The 9th Grindrod Umngazi Pondo Pedal was another successful event and we can’t thank the competitors enough for supporting this event.  Congratulations to Pierre Loubser for winning the event overall. Team winners were: Jonathan & Ian – Mens Team Nicky & Sally – Ladies Team Michelle & Steve – Mixed Team Not only is it…

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Fri
2
Aug
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Getting to Know …. Luzuko Mdatshwa – Umngazi Garden Team Member

Who inspires you the most? My mother is the person who inspires me the most. What do you consider your greatest achievement to be? My greatest achievement is uplifting and providing for my family and bringing joy to their lives. What do you love most about Umngazi? The think I love most about Umngazi is…

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Fri
2
Aug
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Umngazi Fish Curry

Ingredients: 2kg Fresh Fish Cubes about 2cm squared 2 cups White Bread Flour 2 Onions finely chopped 5cm Fresh Ginger finely chopped 1 House Garlic finely chopped 2 fresh Green Chilies finely chopped 2 tins 400gr Tomato & Onion Mix 1 tablespoon roasted Coriander Seeds crushed 2 tablespoon Cumin Powder 2 tablespoon Turmeric Powder 2…

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Fri
2
Aug
vegetable-soup
Winter Vegetable Soup

olive oil 1 red onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 carrots, peeled, finely chopped 1 potato, peeled, finely chopped 300g celery, peeled, finely chopped 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 1/4 cups red lentils, rinsed, drained 4 cups vegetable liquid stock 1 cup water 1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped METHOD Step 1…

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Fri
21
Jun
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'A piece of African Paradise' by Mikayla Birkholtz

Wow. The one word that perfectly sums up our stay at Umngazi River Bungalows. We visited Umngazi 5 years ago, when I was pregnant with Hannah, as a stop on our babymoon and we were blown away by everything they have to offer, especially the many facilities & activities for families. Since then we’ve been dreaming…

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Mon
8
Apr
just peachy
Peach, Beetroot & Spinach Salad With Goats Cheese & walnuts

A big thank-you to Nico and his culinary team for sharing this delicious salad – a great accompaniment for any lazy Autumn lunch. INGREDIENTS • 2 peaches, stoned, cut into wedges (you can substitute other  stone fruits) • 1 bunch small beetroot, trimmed and lightly cooked • 1 pkt Baby Spinach • 1 bunch radishes,…

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Mon
8
Apr
7
Pondo Pedal 2019

Looking for a unique mid-year MTB break? Then look no further than our 2019 Grindrod Bank Umngazi Pondo Pedal which takes place from the 12-16 June 2019 and has been described by two cycling experts (Tim Whitfield and David Moseley) as the best race in the country. The Pondo Pedal, in its 8th year, is…

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Fri
5
Apr
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Introducing… Umngazi’s fab new GM couple

We would like to extend a very warm Pondo welcome to our new GM couple, Keith and Nicole Craig. We share a fun intro with you… What do you love most about Umngazi? Keith: The beautiful surrounds, happy and friendly staff and guests…and supportive owners and colleagues. Nicole: I love the people that work here, they are…

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Wed
13
Feb
Umngazi voted 17 out of 25 Top Hotels in South Africa
Umngazi Voted 17th

UMNGAZI RIVER BUNGALOWS & SPA WINS 2019 TRIP ADVISOR TRAVELLERS’ CHOICE AWARD FOR HOTELS   Ranks 17 out of 25 in the Top 25 Hotels Category in South Africa   Wild Coast, Eastern Cape, February 13, 2019 – Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa today announced it has been recognised as a winner in the Top…

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Sun
30
Dec
Waste and renewable energy at Umngazi
Waste and Renewable Energy

From time to time we receive an enquiry on any or all of the following subjects: What is Umngazi doing about the waste & renewable energy? All our kitchen and human waste is processed through a state-of-the art treatment plant which in turn produces water which is perfectly suitable for use in our gardens. All…

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Sun
30
Dec
Solar at Umngazi
Going Solar Update

Umngazi has historically been reliant on Eskom power for it’s entire energy mix. This, of course means, power generated by coal-fired plants and transmitted through massive infrastructure spend, by way of power lines from the generating plants to the end user. In 2016, we decided to try and reduce, by whatever means, our total reliance on…

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Sun
30
Dec
Oreo Cheesecake
Oreo Cheesecake

Serves 4-6 Preparation: 20 min Chilling: 4 hours INGREDIENTS: 176 g Oreo cookies, divided 60 g butter, melted 250 g cream cheese, softened 200 ml caster sugar 5 ml (1 t) vanilla essence 250 ml (1 c) cream, lightly whisked Extra Oreo cookies to decorate (optional)   METHOD: Grease a 20 cm cake baking tin….

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Sun
30
Dec
Tomato, Feta and Pita Salad
Smoked salmon, dill & lemon paté

Ingredients 150g smoked salmon, trimmings are fine 200g tub soft cheese 1 tbsp crème fraîche, only if you have some juice half a lemon small bunch dill or chives, chopped Method If you aren’t using smoked salmon trimmings then chop the salmon into small pieces. Tip the soft cheese, crème fraîche (if using) and lemon juice…

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Sun
30
Dec
Florentine Tart
Florentine Tart

BOIL for +- 10 min:   1 ½ cups Treacle Brown Sugar 1 1/3 Cups milk 180gr Butter 2 Cups Glazed Fruits 1 Cups Chopped Cherries 1/2 Cups Almonds   Perfect Pastry:  Makes 1x 24cm tart shells 12 Tbs butter ½ cup castor sugar Pinch salt 2 ½ cups flour Zest of ½  lemon 1 Tbs…

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Sun
30
Dec
Tomato, Feta and Pita Salad
Tomato, Feta and Pita Salad

INGREDIENTS 80ml (1/3 cup) extra virgin olive oil 4 rounds (14.5cm-diameter) pita bread, cut into 2cm-thick strips 4 medium (about 175g each) vine-ripened tomatoes, cut into 1cm-thick slices Salt & freshly ground black pepper 4 green shallots, ends trimmed, thinly sliced 100g pitted kalamata olives, halved 150g Greek feta, crumbled 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar…

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Tue
2
Oct
We welcome Jacques and Melissa Visagie and Sli Vumisa
We welcome Jacques and Melissa Visagie and Sli Vumisa

The Umngazi team warmly welcomes three new staff members, namely Jacques, our new Assistant GM and his lovely wife, Melissa our new Rooms Division Manager and lastly Sli Vumisa to our Reservations team. We share a fun intro with you… JACQUES VISAGIE I grew up in… Riebeek Kasteel Western Cape I have worked at…. Seabourn…

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Tue
2
Oct
Recognising Those Making The Most of Food and Wine
Recognising Those Making The Most of Food and Wine

Diners Club has always been more than a card. It’s a gathering of people with many shared interests and objectives; people who love to explore, to learn and discover. The South African Diners Club Winelist Awards is one product of that journey. If you get to eat out you’ve probably noticed that some of the…

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Tue
2
Oct
Imana Wild Race 2019
Imana Wild Ride 2018

A record year for the nineteenth! The twenty-eighteen Imana Wild Ride will go down as a year for the records. At the business end of the racing field, the stage records fell every day. Not by a minute or two but by minutes a plenty. This resulted in the top three teams all clocking accumulated…

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Wed
26
Sep
Umngazi wins Hotel/ Resort of the Year 2018 at the Professional Beauty Awards

The winners of the 2018 Professional Beauty Awards & Industry Awards were announced at a glittering gala dinner event held on 2 September at The Venue in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, attended by some 270 industry professionals. Regarded as the most prestigious awards in the industry, the Professional Beauty Awards acknowledge the year’s top salons, spas,…

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Wed
18
Jul
#MandelaDay2018
#MandelaDay 2018

We remember a wise man, Nelson Mandela, on what would have been his 100th birthday. To honour #MandelaDay 2018 Umngazi embarked on 3 separate “projects” for this special day. We thank our team and most importantly our valued guests for assisting us with the following projects:   Mamdukiswa Majija and Family Mama Majija lives very humbly in the village…

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Fri
22
Jun
Roasted Red Capsicum Soup with Gremolata
Roasted Red Capsicum Soup with Gremolata Recipe

INGREDIENTS 1 kg red capsicums (red pepper), halved, deseeded olive oil 3 cups liquid Vegetable stock Salt & freshly ground pepper crusty baguette, cut into 2cm thick slices GREMOLATA 1 garlic clove, very finely chopped Handful chopped fresh parsley 1 lemon, rind finely grated Drizzle of olive oil METHOD Step 1 Preheat oven to 200°C….

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Fri
22
Jun
Gluhwein Recipe – Umngazi Blog | Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa
Gluhwein Recipe

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup water 1 Cup Orange Juice 2 cup white sugar 2 cinnamon stick 2 orange 15 whole cloves 2 (750 ml) bottle red wine DIRECTIONS In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, orange juice and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer. Cut the orange in half, and squeeze the juice into the simmering…

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Fri
22
Jun
Coq Au Vin – An Umngazi twist on this classic french dish
Coq Au Vin Recipe

An Umngazi twist on this classic french dish! INGREDIENTS 3/4 cup good pinot noir, or a good Bordeaux blend 6 chicken thighs, bone in and skin on 180g good quality rindless bacon, cut into 1cm-thick batons 2 brown mushrooms, thickly sliced 5 portobelini mushrooms, thickly sliced 8 small button mushrooms, halved 2 small red onions, quartered…

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Fri
22
Jun
Five Rules of Fatherhood
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO OUR SPECIAL DADS

In celebration of Father’s Day this month, we’ve taken some of Paul Harris’ business tips from a recent article on BizNews.com to bring you something you could call, “What Paul Harris Taught Us About Fatherhood When He Was Trying To Teach Us About Business.” Or simply… The Five Rules of Fatherhood “In my opinion, the importance of leaders mentoring emerging talent cannot…

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Thu
21
Jun
#Straws Suck
RETHINK PLASTIC AND TIPS FOR MINIMISING PLASTIC USE

We cannot rest on our laurels, and while we have made progress on many environmental initiatives over the years at Umngazi, we have to continue to develop our work in this area.  One area that we are currently focusing on is reducing our reliance on one-use plastic hence the introduction of the “No Straw Campaign!”…

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Thu
21
Jun
Umngazi proudly hosted the 8th Grindrod Bank Umngazi Pondo Pedal MTB ride from the 13-17 June 2018
PONDO PEDAL 2018 A GREAT RIDE!

Umngazi proudly hosted the 8thGrindrod Bank Umngazi Pondo Pedal MTB ride from the 13-17 June 2018. “Without education, our children can never really meet the challenges they will face. So it’s important to give children education and explain that they should play a role for their country” – Nelson Mandela. The ride started with humble beginnings…

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