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From R1200 Per Night

Umtendwe Beach Cottages
Umtendwe Accommodation

Self Catering Accommodation in Umtendwe

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Experience the untamed nature of the Wild Coast between the forested hills lies a piece of heaven.

Umtendwe is a small private nature reserve with two thatched luxury African-style holiday cottages. Situated alongside the beach and a small lagoon, the cottages are surrounded by unspoilt nature at its best - pristine beaches, bays, milkwood trees, green hills and lush forest provide the setting for an idyllic stay at this amazing gem of South Africa's Eastern Cape Coast.

The living areas of the cottages flow to shady, wind-protected areas under the milkwood trees, a mere few metres from the beach and small lagoon. There are many shaded forested areas for reading, dining or simply chilling, each with its own character. This area is ideal for parents and children, with safe and convenient swimming and playing areas along the Umtendwe lagoon. A special feature of this site is the wind protection around the cottages and the sheltered serene decks around the lounges and bedrooms.

The two cottages each have three large double bedrooms, each with its own entrance and small deck - an arrangement ideally suited to sharing holidays with friends and relatives, as it provides a degree of privacy away from various areas for social activities. The six bathrooms are attractive and complement the flowing, African beach cottage design and atmosphere. Guests especially enjoy the outdoor shower and hammock under the milkwoods, which beckon after a long and hot beach walk!

The two cottages are spacious, thatched and finished in harmony with the environment, in a distinct African style. The site is particularly well protected from the sea winds. Book the whole venue for a group, or select one of the 2 units - each has 3 bedrooms with a lounge/dining area and kitchen.

Milkwood Cottage is located next to the coastal forest, and has two ground floor bedrooms, and one upstairs; 2 bathrooms.

Riverview Cottage has a view of the lagoon, and has all bedrooms on the ground floor; 3 bathrooms. One bedroom is separated from house, with it's own toilet and shower - ideal for teenage children, or a couple. This unit is suitable for visitors with limited mobility: rooms are on a level and one bathroom has handrails and a shower seat.

Double and single beds are available for all bedrooms, and dormitory bedrooms can be arranged if required. The finishes, furniture and fittings are a quiet mix of current African and general beach house styles. The kitchens are fully equipped and incorporated in the spacious living areas. Bedroom units are supplied with bedding and towels.

At present the chalets are self-catering. Domestic services are available, and the services of a cook, hiking guide and guide for other activities are available on request.

Furniture, fittings, bedding and kitchen equipment: All the usual: tall fridges and freezers, quality crockery, cutlery, pots, pans, ovens, microwaves, toasters, coffee makers etc. Alfresco dining and dining bars, lounge furniture, outdoor furniture, braai equipment. Quality cotton bedding, wood or base beds with EMPS high quality mattresses.

Filtered water (reverse osmosis) is available in both units. Bore hole water supplied (all washing), potable, but mildly salty.

Holiday packages:
Rates negotiable, depends on number of guests and season. Services can be arranged for specialist groups such as team building groups, small bush conferences, hiking parties, health oriented groups, birders, cyclists and others

Directions to Umtendwe Beach Cottages - about 60 mins from East London
Take N 2 from East London.After34 Km. turn right to Kei Mouth / Morgans Bay.

Continue until St. Anthony's Store (on left hand side) about 11 km. where you will take a right turn to Haga-Haga

The road now becomes dirt. Continue for 7 km. then take the left turn to Marshstrand (signposted)

Continue for 4 Km. and turn left again to Umtendwe(signposted)

The road is now farmstyle and needs to be driven slowly (ok for sedan car)

Continue toward the sea until you reach a game gate. Go through and continue straight toward the sea (do not turn left to Cockin residence)

At the end of the road when reaching other cottages, veer right, down the hill to Umtendwe

Umtendwe is situated within the Quko Private Nature Reserve, which itself lies within a large conservancy. The 3 km road from the entrance to Umtendwe passes through this reserve, and zebras, wildebeest and a variety of antelope are usually seen here.

Sea and Sand
This is a truly unspoilt part of our coastline. There are two good swimming beaches and one natural swimming pool near the cottages. The lagoon area is usually, but not always, well sanded and level for beach activities. The depth and tidal nature of the small lagoon varies according to the season and seas, but is usually ideal for children to swim and play around.

Surfers will find two good spots at Umtendwe - a small right hand break in the river mouth, suitable in small wave conditions, and a longer point break at Fish Bay which can hold 2 metre swells. Although both spots become unrideable in large swells and strong winds, they are nevertheless quite consistent and of good quality, enjoyed by surfboard, body board and ski riders.

The Umtendwe area has many spectacular fishing spots, which include high rocks, boulders, beaches and gullies, suitable for all kinds of sea fishing. There are many shell collecting spots, including Treasure Beach, renowned for Carnelian beads produced many hundreds of years ago, as well as fragments of Ming Dynasty pottery and exotic cowries, all left after the wreck of a Portugese ship, the Sao Esperito, around 1602. These, and beadwork and basket crafts can be bought from the local women who spend many hours searching for treasure to sustain their incomes.

Coastal and Forest Walks
For those who love walking, the coastal paths on either side of Umtendwe provide magnificent scenery and easy walking. To the East lie Black Rock and the magnificent Double Mouth River and Nature Reserve and the cliffs of Morgan Bay; to the west a gentle meander leads to Fish Bay, the Abalone Farm and Haga Haga. Black Rock provides a stunning setting for whale watching. Dolphins, whales, and seabirds can be seen close to the shore around the rock, especially during the annual sardine run, when the sea off Black Rock becomes a place of frenetic action as sea creatures and birds gorge off the sardines.

Umtendwe also boasts a lush forest along the river, with various otter pools surrounded by palms, Strelitzia and yellowwoods, which are just a short walk northwards. The gravel roads are suitable for cycling and walking, although quad bikes and other biking is not permitted in the nature reserve or surrounding conservancy.

A wide variety of game endemic to this area, such as the bushbuck, blue and grey duiker, the Cape clawless otter, porcupine, Vervet monkeys, lynx, gennet, hare etc inhabit the reserve, which is also a perfect area for bird watching, being home to numerous large birds and raptors, as well as forest, bush and field species. Zebra, Impala, Wildebeest, Blesbuck and other animals have been introduced in the private game reserve open to Umtendwe.

Milkwood Cottage (3 Bedrooms)
Sleeps up to 8
Min Stay Period: 1 night
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Riverview Cottage (3 Bedrooms)
Sleeps up to 8
Min Stay Period: 1 night
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