LOCATION

DIRECTIONS & MAPS

Umngazi Hotel & Spa is a unique beach hotel and spa located on the Wild Coast of South Africa, 20kms south of Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape. We have guests who visit us from around the country and are often asked for the best route to take when driving.

We have put together detailed directions from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town to help you navigate your way. PLEASE take note of the DETOUR information through Flagstaff and Mthatha.

Important notes to remember before departing for your trip to Umngazi Hotel & Spa

It is important to note that the last 10km road leading to Umngazi Hotel & Spa is not always in the best condition. We ask you to please take it slowly and drive carefully on this final stretch, where you will soon be able to relax and unwind in paradise.

IMPORTANT DETOUR ROUTES

Flagstaff Detour

We recommend taking the detour around the Flagstaff town centre to avoid any unnecessary delays.

As you head down the hill on the R61 towards Flagstaff take the right turn before the Flagstaff Shoprite. Follow the road and take the first left. At the top of the road, turn right. Continue on this road until you reach the T-junction with the R61. Turn right and continue on the R61 towards Port St John’s. Please take note of route for return journey.

Mthatha

We would strongly advise that you do not get distracted by anyone trying to suggest alternative routes in Mthatha. Please download the map of our suggested route below.

JOHANNESBURG

Johannesburg

SA Airlink offers daily flights from OR Tambo to Mthatha Airport. Transfers from Mthatha Airport to the hotel (90kms) can be booked directly with a transfer company. The reservations team will provide you with details of preferred transport suppliers when booking (requests@umngazi.co.za). Mthatha also offers car hire facilities.

When driving from Johannesburg, Umngazi Hotel & Spa is 882km away and should take 12 hours to reach.

Take the N3 towards Durban.

Stay on the N3 until you approach Howick, and then take exit 99 for R617 toward Underberg/Howick.

Turn right onto the Boston Rd/R617 and follow the R617, which will continue straight on to the N2.

You will then take a left turn onto the R394 and continue onto the R61, which will lead you through the towns of Flagstaff and Lusikisiki towards Port St Johns. (Don’t forget the Flagstaff detour)

After crossing the Umzimvubu River bridge, turn right, and continue for the next 10km until the Umngazi turn-off.

A guest also advised on an alternative route from Johannesburg

On our last two visits we have travelled from Johannesburg via Bloemfontein with an overnight stop in Maclear.  The following morning, we travelled through Mthatha and arrived in time for lunch at the hotel.  The journey took a little longer with an additional night on the road however was far more relaxing.

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CAPE TOWN

Cape Town

The closest airport for our Cape Town visitors is East London. Drive time from East London to Umngazi is approximately 4.5hrs. Transfers from East London Airport to the hotel can be booked directly with a transfer company.  The reservations team will provide you with details of our preferred transport suppliers when booking (requests@umngazi.co.za).  East London also offers car hire facilities.

When driving from Johannesburg, Umngazi Hotel & Spa is 882km away and should take 12 hours to reach.

Take the N3 towards Durban.

Stay on the N3 until you approach Howick, and then take exit 99 for R617 toward Underberg/Howick.

Turn right onto the Boston Rd/R617 and follow the R617, which will continue straight on to the N2.

You will then take a left turn onto the R394 and continue onto the R61, which will lead you through the towns of Flagstaff and Lusikisiki towards Port St Johns. (Don’t forget the Flagstaff detour)

After crossing the Umzimvubu River bridge, turn right, and continue for the next 10km until the Umngazi turn-off.

A guest also advised on an alternative route from Johannesburg

On our last two visits we have travelled from Johannesburg via Bloemfontein with an overnight stop in Maclear.  The following morning, we travelled through Mthatha and arrived in time for lunch at the hotel.  The journey took a little longer with an additional night on the road however was far more relaxing.

DOWNLOAD MAP

DURBAN

Durban

Umngazi operates a weekly charter flight from Virginia Airport, Durban to Port St Johns on Fridays. Please speak to our reservations team, should you wish to know more about this service.

PLEASE NOTE: The flight departs and returns on a Friday only.

If you are travelling from Durban, you can expect your drive to take about 6 hours over 390km.  The conditions of these roads vary and it’s best to take it easy and keep a keen eye out for potholes, unmarked speedbumps, cattle, donkeys, taxis and people.

Take the N2 from Durban to Port Shepstone.

From the toll, continue to Port Edward, Bizana, Flagstaff, Lusikisiki and Port St Johns on the R61. (Don’t forget the Flagstaff detour)

After crossing the Umzimvubu River bridge, turn right, and continue for the next 10km until the Umngazi turn-off.

Note: For Return Trip

There is poor signage at Magusheni T-Junction on R61. Suggested landmark is the BP Garage. You will need to turn right at the BP garage to head towards Port Edward. Should you continue straight past the garage, you will head towards Kokstad.

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JOHANNESBURG

Johannesburg

AIR

SA Airlink offers daily flights from OR Tambo to Mthatha Airport. Transfers from Mthatha Airport to the hotel (90kms) can be booked directly with a transfer company. The reservations team will provide you with details of preferred transport suppliers when booking (requests@umngazi.co.za). Mthatha also offers car hire facilities.

ROAD

When driving from Johannesburg, Umngazi Hotel & Spa is 882km away and should take 12 hours to reach.

Take the N3 towards Durban.

Stay on the N3 until you approach Howick, and then take exit 99 for R617 toward Underberg/Howick.

Turn right onto the Boston Rd/R617 and follow the R617, which will continue straight on to the N2.

You will then take a left turn onto the R394 and continue onto the R61, which will lead you through the towns of Flagstaff and Lusikisiki towards Port St Johns. (Don’t forget the Flagstaff detour)

After crossing the Umzimvubu River bridge, turn right, and continue for the next 10km until the Umngazi turn-off.

A guest also advised on an alternative route from Johannesburg

On our last two visits we have travelled from Johannesburg via Bloemfontein with an overnight stop in Maclear.  The following morning, we travelled through Mthatha and arrived in time for lunch at the hotel.  The journey took a little longer with an additional night on the road however was far more relaxing.

DOWNLOAD MAP

CAPE TOWN

Cape Town

AIR

The closest airport for our Cape Town visitors is East London. Drive time from East London to Umngazi is approximately 4.5hrs. Transfers from East London Airport to the hotel can be booked directly with a transfer company.  The reservations team will provide you with details of our preferred transport suppliers when booking (requests@umngazi.co.za).  East London also offers car hire facilities.

ROAD

When driving from Johannesburg, Umngazi Hotel & Spa is 882km away and should take 12 hours to reach.

Take the N3 towards Durban.

Stay on the N3 until you approach Howick, and then take exit 99 for R617 toward Underberg/Howick.

Turn right onto the Boston Rd/R617 and follow the R617, which will continue straight on to the N2.

You will then take a left turn onto the R394 and continue onto the R61, which will lead you through the towns of Flagstaff and Lusikisiki towards Port St Johns. (Don’t forget the Flagstaff detour)

After crossing the Umzimvubu River bridge, turn right, and continue for the next 10km until the Umngazi turn-off.

A guest also advised on an alternative route from Johannesburg

On our last two visits we have travelled from Johannesburg via Bloemfontein with an overnight stop in Maclear.  The following morning, we travelled through Mthatha and arrived in time for lunch at the hotel.  The journey took a little longer with an additional night on the road however was far more relaxing.

DOWNLOAD MAP

DURBAN

Durban

AIR

Umngazi operates a weekly charter flight from Virginia Airport, Durban to Port St Johns on Fridays. Please speak to our reservations team, should you wish to know more about this service.

PLEASE NOTE: The flight departs and returns on a Friday only.

ROAD

If you are travelling from Durban, you can expect your drive to take about 6 hours over 390km.  The conditions of these roads vary and it’s best to take it easy and keep a keen eye out for potholes, unmarked speedbumps, cattle, donkeys, taxis and people.

Take the N2 from Durban to Port Shepstone.

From the toll, continue to Port Edward, Bizana, Flagstaff, Lusikisiki and Port St Johns on the R61. (Don’t forget the Flagstaff detour)

After crossing the Umzimvubu River bridge, turn right, and continue for the next 10km until the Umngazi turn-off.

Note: For Return Trip

There is poor signage at Magusheni T-Junction on R61. Suggested landmark is the BP Garage. You will need to turn right at the BP garage to head towards Port Edward. Should you continue straight past the garage, you will head towards Kokstad.

DOWNLOAD MAP

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DISTANCES TO UMNGAZI

 

Cape Town (via N1) 1270kms 15hrs
Durban 390kms 6hrs
East London 320kms 4,5hrs
Flagstaff 100kms 2hrs
George 940kms 11hrs
Grahamstown via Komga 460kms 6,5hrs
Johannesburg 870kms 11hrs
Knysna 850kms 10hrs
Mthatha 100kms 1h45hrs
Nelspruit 1070kms 14hrs
Pietermaritzburg (via N2) 360kms 6hrs
Plettenberg Bay 810kms 10hrs
Port Alfred 450kms 6hrs
Port Elizabeth 580kms 8hrs
Port Edward 220kms 4hrs
Queenstown 340kms 4,5hrs
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DISTANCES TO UMNGAZI

 

Cape Town (via N1) 1270kms 15hrs
Durban 390kms 6hrs
East London 320kms 4,5hrs
Flagstaff 100kms 2hrs
George 940kms 11hrs
Grahamstown via Komga 460kms 6,5hrs
Johannesburg 870kms 11hrs
Knysna 850kms 10hrs
Mthatha 100kms 1h45hrs
Nelspruit 1070kms 14hrs
Pietermaritzburg (via N2) 360kms 6hrs
Plettenberg Bay 810kms 10hrs
Port Alfred 450kms 6hrs
Port Elizabeth 580kms 8hrs
Port Edward 220kms 4hrs
Queenstown 340kms 4,5hrs

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