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Management & Staff of the Umtamvuna River Lodge

welcome you to our Lodge of Leisure

Nestled at the foot of a mountain, in the heart of the nature reserve and on the banks of the Umtamvuna River... you will discover a lodge of leisure. With its sub-tropical gardens, soothing sounds of water falling from the edge of the cliffs and the majestic call of the Fish Eagle you find yourself lost in an unhurried tranquility that soon dispels the tensions and stress of every day life.
The pool terrace and cocktail bar, on stilts along side the river, compliment the rustic ambience of the Lodge.  The Lodge offers accommodation in 8 comfortable air conditioned/heated en-suite Double, Twin or Single rooms with Flat screen LCD TVs, open source satellite tv and private balconies as well as a honeymoon suite which provide the opportunity to relax at sundown with views of the river and surrounding mountains.
The gardens and private river beach make for a perfect playground and place to explore for children as well as for Wilber, our Vietnamese pot-bellied pig. 

 There are many activities that both the Lodge and surrounding attractions have to offer. 
Rest assured Umtamvuna will be the starting point for beautiful memories that linger long after everyone has departed..

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There is an external laundry service provider which we use. This is only possible for longer stays as pickup / drop off is on a Monday and Thursday only. There is alternatively a laundromat in Port Edward.


Braai Facilities:


There are braai facilities available for guests only. If you would like friends to join you please make arrangements at reception for a day visiter rate.

Swimming Pool:
Please bring your own swimming towels. Please note children to be supervised at all times as there is no lifeguard on duty.

The Umtamvuna river is great for fishing, fish from the rocks or use a fishing charter for river or even deep sea fishing.
Enquire at reception for details of charter services.

The Umtamvuna river is an unbelievable river for boating. Our year-round tropical climate and protected flat water make this the perfect training site for many top international professional wakeboarders.
You may moor your boat on our beach, however, all launching is done next door at the public launch site (Old Pont Caravan Park) for control purposes. Make sure you have all the necessary documentation ( licenses, skippers and safety equipment)

Boarderpost Wakeboarding:
South Africa's premier wakeboarding venue.  Home to some of the best pro wakeboarders South Africa and Europe has to offer.
Learn to wakeboard (beginner to professional) in warm tropical conditions year-round on flat water behind boat or on our 2-Tower cable system with personal instruction by Kevin Dry , Matti Buys and other top international pro wakeboarders and wakeskaters. This is where the South African section of Oakleys "Push Process"  was filmed.. If you are a boardrider who loves surfing uncrowded surf spots in boardshorts and wakeboarding or wakeskating on protected, flat, warm water, staying at a lodge in comfortable air-conditioned rooms.. you have just found heaven!!



 There are many top courses to play in the surrounding area. The closest being the infamous Wild Coast Sun. Southbroom, as well as          San Lamere, are less than 20min drive away.  



Boardalign Wakeboarding at Umtamvuna River Lodge



If you are a golfer you will know about all the amazing golf courses on the South Coast of KZN. Wild Coast Sun (less than 7min away), Port Edward (5min), Sanlemeer (15 min), Southbroome (20min), Margate (25 min), Selbourne (50min).

Wild coast golf course near Umtamvuna River Lodge

Wild Coast Sun's Wild Waters

Wild Waves is a brand new water park that has recently opened at the
Wild Coast Sun Resort which is 7 min drive from Umtamvuna River Lodge.
There is something here for all the family with exhilerating rides, lazy rides,
an aquaplay area for the younger ones and even a SuperBowl.
Check out the AquaLoop that you will take you up nearly vertical in a loop
or the Boomerang tube ride which gives a sensation of feeling weightlessness.
The Wild Waves has cost R80 million to build and includes some of the fastest
water slides in the world.

Wild Waters near to Umtamvuna River Lodge

Mountain Biking

Clearwater mountain biking trail network (less than 5min away) offers a marvelous mix of terrain and memorable sightseeing with four custom-built and carefully marked MTB trails which have something to suit all levels and tastes with riding on single and double tracks. All the trail options are set against thealluring backdrop of the Indian Ocean with the longer trails passing through Beaver Creek Coffee Estate and Crags View Wild Care Centre before ending at Clearwater Trail Centre & Taverna.
The trails are made up of 80% hand built singletrack plus jeep track and gravel road with options to  remain on moderate gradients or attempt the downhill sections and of course the ascent back onto the ridge. Berms, switchbacks, natural ramps, bridges and water crossings all add to the adventure and will test those skills of balance and agility.  Trail runners also welcome!

Umtamvuna River Lodge has mountain biking trails nearby

Umtamvuna nature reserve and hiking trails

This southernmost nature reserve in KwaZulu-Natal is a botanical paradise consisting of an interesting stretch of riverine forest and steep rocky cliffs. Bordering the Umtamvuna River, the 3 247 hectare reserve boasts a fine display of flowers in springtime. There are numerous walks highlighting the fantastic scenery of different parts of the reserve.
These trails vary in duration from one to three-hour or an all-day hike. Many hours and days can be spent exploring the diverse habitats. Both the Cape vulture and fish eagle breed in the reserve and many other bird species have been recorded. Bushbuck, serval, baboon, samango monkeys, blue and grey duiker and common reedbuck occur in the reserve.

Umtamvuna River Lodge borering the nature reserve
Wild coast sun near Umtamvuna River Lodge


The Wild Coast Sun Resort (less than 7 min away) is one of Southern Africa's oldest and most popular casinos. The casino has over 400 slot machines with smart card technology. Many slot machines are connected to Sun International's country-wide progressive jackpots.
In addition to the normal slot machines there are also many poker machines as well as blackjack tables, roulette wheels.
High-end players can enjoy the exclusive atmosphere at the Plantation Room, with slot machines, roulette and black jack.

Beaver Creek Coffee Farm

Experience the world of coffee, visit the Beaver Creek Coffee Estate and sample these fine coffees. Beaver Creek offers visitors a daily crop to cup tour, which outlines the distinctive flavours of the Worlds coffee regions and the skills that create the perfect cup. The Estate Cafe sells freshly roasted speciality coffees, light lunches and delicious cakes. When it comes to coffee you are in good hands.

Beaver creek coffee farm near Umtamvuna River Lodge
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