Umngazana lies just 37kms from Port St Johns on South Africa’s Wild Coast. Experience some of the most pristine coast line South Africa has to offer combined with the added benefit of the Umngazana river mouth and flourishing estuary with plenty of fish and an unspoiled canvas to explore. Whether you are an avid fisherman or just needing a tranquil setting to unwind, Down Town cottage run by Dambayi, is the perfect place to be. Catering for families and fisherman of all ages, the ocean, a stones throw from the cottage, provides a haven of crystal, azure water to snorkel and enjoy the marine packed rock pools. Dolphins and whales are plentiful in the area and provide spectacular displays for all to see.


The Lodge is situated on the hillside overlooking the Umngazana Estuary close to the mouth. The newly built “Down Town Cottage” consists of a two bedroom house with large living area and full facilities. This house has a room with a double bed, with ensuite bathroom and one room with two single beds, also ensuite.  There are many couches in the living area which can be utilized as well.  Alongside the main house there is a second rondavel (8 sleeper) fitted out with bunk beds. Lastly there will also be a tented camp (currently being built) which will sleep 4. These two areas will share a communal kitchen and braai area.  

  • Self Catering
  • Sleeps 4-8
  • 4*4 recommended (but not essential)


Main Cottage: R650 per night (R300 for 2 people)
Rondavel: R400 per night (R250 for 2 people)
Tented Camp: R200 per night


With Dambayi as your guide you can’t go wrong. Born in Umngazana he knows all the best fishing spots along the coast and in the estuary. His local knowledge and experience can only help improve your chances of catching some decent eating fish such as Shad, Kob or Grunter to name just a few.

Dumbai will take you to all the best spots to fish from using his local expertise to get the best from the conditions

R250 for the boat (Up to 9 adults)

A day out on the estuary getting to fishing spots only reachable by boat as well as fishing off the boat


The coastline is a hive of activity with kilometers of picturesque bush and beach to explore.  From picking up gorgeous shells and drift wood along the beach to swimming in the glorious mermaid rock pools, there is something for everyone.

R60 per adult
R20 per child

Spend an idyllic 2 hrs on the beautiful Umngazana estuary 

Dambayi is happy to offer his services for a guided hike, but the coastline can also be explored by the avid trail runner with clear paths of both single track and jeep track to follow.

With 3 resident pairs of Fish Eagle right on the Estuary, it is a good start to finding an array of bird life in the area. Requests can be made for Dambayi to take you for a gentle meander up the estuary in search of bird species.


Superb. Peace of mind and soul
Umngazana is completely re-energizing, clearing the senses and providing a calm sanctuary to enjoy a relaxing beach holiday. Dambayi is always professional and helpful and with his happy energetic demeanor he is a pleasure to meet.
I have been fishing with Dambayi for a couple of years now and I have never been disappointed about our catch of fish.
Fantastic views of the estuary. Fresh oysters absolutely delish!!!


In order to make a booking or check availability and prices call Dambayi on:

TEL : 060 336 5807