Umtamvuna River Lodge has so much to offer in Port Edward

Umtamvuna River Lodge

I recently had the opportunity to spend two nights at the Umtamvuna River Lodge in the town of Port Edward and it is fair to say that their offering surpassed my every expectation. Their overall offering is something truly unique.

Upon my arrival I was greeted by the friendly team, this is always a nice personal gesture. My friends and I arrived during a classic Natal downpour. We quickly grabbed our belongings and placed them in our rooms, it was a welcome sight after a day of exploring the town.

Once we had spent some time recharging in our rooms, we decided we wanted to braai that evening regardless of the weather conditions. When we returned from the nearby shop and entered the secured gated property, it was now night time. The landscape took on a very different view, the lights had now been turned on and it almost looked like a whole new venue.

We were delighted that the lapas allowed us to braai without the worry of getting wet. The outdoor braai facilities were just what we needed and the self-catering restaurant allowed us to fetch the necessary cutlery for our meal.

We spent most of the following day out and about in Durban, but I personally couldn’t wait to get back to enjoy some more down time. I personally enjoyed the quiet and gentle feel that the lodge has. The sound of birds chirping was music to my ears.

I noted that this lodge is not only an accommodation offering, but also a wedding venue as well as an outdoor lover’s paradise. They host weddings on their lawn or under their lapas, whilst their riverfront property and halfpipe make it ideal for those wishing to enjoy a fun-filled holiday along the south coast.

I decided to wake up earlier than normal and spend some time simply enjoying the serene surroundings. I thoroughly enjoyed my little walk with my coffee. The rain was gently falling, adding to the greenery that I was surrounded by. The numerous palm trees that are scattered throughout the property were further evidence of my tropical surroundings.

I ventured to their lookout lapa which is a great viewing spot for the river. The natural sounds that accompanied made me truly appreciate where I was.

Once we had packed our luggage and loaded the car, it was time for us to depart. We sent our regards to the team and thanked them for their stay. The Umtamvuna River Lodge will certainly be remembered fondly.

Accommodation at Umtamvuna River Lodge

The Umtamvuna River Lodge consists of eight air-conditioned rooms. Each of their rooms contains en-suite bathrooms and each have a spacious layout.

The bedding comes with fresh percale cotton on either a King sized bed or two single beds. The bedrooms and their layout look very smart, the gracious amount of open space made me feel as though I was in a boutique hotel somewhere in Cape Town or Johannesburg, whilst a simple opening of the curtains reminded me that I was off the beaten track.

The bathroom is modern and consists of a bath-shower combination.

The rooms contained all of the amenities one would expect, such as tea/coffee making stations, bar fridge, towels and amble storage. They also come equipped with flat screen televisions with satellite open view.

The rooms themselves are not self-catering, although the lodge’s reception area allows for guests to make and prepare their meals.

Just outside my room was a little patio area with a table and chairs. Although I did not get to use it due to the incremental weather, I can see it being used by many guests.

Despite the fact that the rooms are relatively close together it did not feel that way, I felt that I had ample amounts of privacy during my stay.

For those looking to enjoy a romantic getaway, a weekend spent in their Honeymoon Suite would be a great way to spend some quality time away.

You can make an online booking HERE.

Weddings at Umtamvuna

The River Lodge has become a popular wedding venue for many locals as well as international travelers. Having built up a reputation over the years, it is clear to see why weddings at this south coast resort are on many brides’ wish lists.

Having being able to witness the resort for myself, it is clear to see that their natural beauty, private river beach and tranquil garden setting make for an idyllic venue.

The team will assist in the planning for your big day, their experience and expertise will also take a load off of your shoulders.

The River Lodge has many wedding locations for the bride and groom to decide on as well as potentially opting for a unique wedding under the stars.

Activities on offer at the River Lodge

The Umtamvuna River Lodge has a number of activities for guests to enjoy and make use of during their visit. It is clear to see that the owners enjoy the outdoors just as much as their guests.

Whether it is boat cruises, wakeboarding, wake skating or stand up paddling along the river or giving their half pipe a go, visitors have every opportunity to enjoy some fun filled activities with loved ones.

Umtamvuna River Lodge is located on Lot 80, Holiday Road, Port Edward. For more information, call 061 414 8889 or email or visit today. Here is their location on Google Maps. Also follow them on Facebook HERE.


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