Eco-friendly Accommodation Port St. Johns – Eastern Cape; Wild Coast | Beach Lodge, Coastal, Family-friendly, Romantic, Wellness/Spa, Weddings & Events, Wheelchair-friendly.

From R1145 per person per night *Incl. 3 meals per day *Seasonal

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Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa is located in the unspoiled splendour of the Wild Coast in Port St. Johns, Eastern Cape. This award winning family resort and spa presents its guests with a paradise lost in time, ready to be explored; a special place to connect with the intuitive beauty of nature, to embark on an adventure and find your peace in its tranquility.

Immerse yourself into the harmony and natural beauty of this place; lounge on secluded, pristine beaches; listening to the rhythm of crashing waves and birdsong accents. Take a guided walk or venture out on your own to explore the mangrove swamps and coastline, go canoeing up the Umngazi River and discover the art of fly-fishing or the rush of sea-fishing.

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The bungalows are nestled amongst the abundant fauna and flora that only the real heart of Pondoland can offer; perched on the hillside overlooking the Umngazi River mouth, with panoramic views of the stirring Wild Coast. There are 6 categories of bungalows to choose from, all of which are individually furnished & elegantly decorated.


Sunbird @ Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa

These luxurious couple and family units are amid the striking indigenous flora, which is neatly incorporated into the picturesque garden setting. These peaceful units are closest to the main facility and have 2 single beds (converted to a large king size for couples), en-suite bathroom with outside shower, and tea and coffee facilities.


Kingfisher @ Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa

Couple and Family Units (Wheelchair Access)

The River Front Bungalows are couple and family units that overlook the serene Umngazi River, providing total tranquility and relaxation. These wheelchair-friendly units feature 2 single beds (converted to a large king size for couples), an en-suite bathroom with outside shower, and tea & coffee facilities.


Fish Eagle @ Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa

These prime-located couple and family bungalows boast fantastic sea views and , comfortable proximity to the main facilities. The inter-leading units are ideal for families as they allow parents to keep their kids in close proximity and still enjoy some all-important privacy. The sea-facing bungalows feature 2 single beds (converted to a large king size for couples), an en-suite bathroom with outside shower, and tea & coffee facilities.


Emlonyeni Bungalows are well appointed and offer couples more secluded hospitality. Set apart from the main hotel, these 3 units are situated near the mouth of the Umngazi River with a panoramic sea front view and a sprawling lawn, ideal for groups wishing to spend time together or alone. A comfortable communal lounge/dining room is located on site for Emlonyeni’s guests. Each bungalow features 2 single beds (converted to a large king size for couples), an en-suite dressing room and bathroom with outside shower, patio, and tea & coffee facilities.


Honeymoon @ Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa

Discover true romance with dreamy bedrooms and bathroom facilities, a cosy fireplace and spectacular views. Set privately, a distance from the main facility and connected by a rustic walkway, the sea-facing suites features a king size bed, en-suite bathroom with spa bath and double outside shower, a bar fridge, kitchenette, tea & coffee facilities and the most immaculate views.


With breath-taking scenery, a cosy fireplace and fine details and finishes, this unit possesses a romantic charm. The unit is nestled into the coastal bush, a distance from the main facility allowing secluded tranquility. The bungalow features a luxurious king size bed, en-suite bathroom with spa bath and double outside shower, kitchenette, bar fridge, tea & coffee facilities and magnificent views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.


Ntabeni @ Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa - Eco-friendly Accommodation Port St Johns

These spacious suites are nestled on the hillside near the spa and boast 180 degree views of the ocean in luxurious comfort, with a rejuvenating experience for you mind and body close at hand. The suites feature a king size bed, an en-suite bathroom with spa bath and double outside shower (with special Spa amenities), bar fridge, tea & coffee facility, a continental breakfast delivered to your room and a chauffeured golf cart service to get you to and from your suite.


Please note that the daily rates are fully inclusive rates which include 3 meals per day, accommodation and are VAT inclusive.

The Fly-in package is based on a 7 night stay (Friday to Friday from Virginia Airport) and includes 3 meals per day, charter flight from Virginia Airport to Port St. Johns landing strip and transfer to the resort from landing strip.

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Set high on the Umngazi hillside, with awe-inspiring views of the coast below, guests are treated to a rejuvenating, tranquil experience at our internationally acclaimed spa.

The Umngazi Spa is a member of SAAHSP (South African Association of Health & Skincare Professionals) & SASA (South African Spa Association) and our dedicated, professional therapists can provide a full range of spa treatments and therapies. Each therapist’s treatment room is complimented by a private spa bath, which enjoys the same spectacular views of the beach and ocean.


Our local chefs prepare 3 delectable meals per day that is beautifully laid out for our guests in Umngazi’s relaxed, informal dining room. When the weather is ideal, guests can enjoy alfresco dining beneath the large shady tree on the rustic Dining Room Deck, overlooking the swimming pool and alluring river views beyond.


Sunset Cruise at Umngazi

Adventure is the order of the day at Umngazi as there are remarkable things to discover in the real Wild Coast, where nature invites you to experience it through interaction with its land, sea and people. Umngazi is a place of real experiences that have a lasting impression.

We have a wide variety of facilities and services that can be tailored to make your Umngazi experience a unique and unforgettable adventure. Facilities and activities include: Swimming Pool, Gym, Tennis Courts, Shop, Birding, The Gap & Blowhole Hike, Bird Walk, Umngazi Kids Club, Mountain Biking, Fishing, Kayaking, Trail Running, Picnics, Motor-boating, Sunset Cruise and River Breakfast.


Responsible Body Products
Local & Organic
Water Wise Practices
Sustainable Energy Acumen
Community Upliftment

We sort out our refuse and aim to reuse as much as we can; we recycle items such as paper, cardboard, glass, plastic & tins. Much of our refuse is burnt in our own incinerators and all our old cooking oil is removed from site and sold to be recycled into biodiesel.

We make use of responsible body products in our spa i.e. Africology, which is considered as the leading natural, eco-friendly and holistic spa and skincare company in South Africa. We also make use of Dermalogica and Lilian and Terry Oils natural product range based on the synergy of homeopathy & aromatherapy.

We believe in supporting local and providing our guests meals made with fresh organic produce; as such we purchase our fruit, vegetables and Mangrove Honey from the locals.

When you discover a place as special as Umngazi, it’s only natural to try and protect it. Every effort has been made to conserve water; practices are in place throughout the property and its indigenous gardens to save these precious resources. Only organic compost is used in our gardens to ensure that no harmful chemicals enter our beautiful waterways.

In an effort to conserve energy heat pumps have been installed on all geysers at Umngazi; this saves up to of 65% of the electricity used compared to a traditional electrical geyser. We further more have embarked on the greening journey with the vision of producing all our own renewable energy.

Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa is actively involved in making a difference through our participation and support of initiatives and projects that provide education; healthcare and opportunities for empowerment and upliftment within the local community.

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Opening Hours















Check in: 14:00 ; Check out: 10:00


Our Address:

Umngazi River Mouth, Port St. Johns, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 5120

Our Useful Features & Services

Wheelchair Access