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Umzimvubu Retreat Guest House

Umzimvubu Retreat Guest House is situated on densely forested dunes overlooking the great Umzimvubu River Mouth and Indian Ocean and within comfortable walking distance from the town center.

This family run business offers personal service, which includes organizing tours to magical waterfalls, guided hiking trails, fishing trips (deep sea, rock & surf angling), bird watching , 4x4 adventures and places of interest in and around Port St. Johns.

Umzimvubu Retreat is the perfect stop over between Port Elizabeth and Durban.

We guarantee unmistakable South African hospitality … whether for a holiday, business trip or just passing by, we pledge satisfaction, value for money and fond memories. Experience the incredible scenic beauty of the Wild Coast.


All rooms are individually furnished with en-suite bath/shower. Private entrances provide access to each room.
1 Honeymoon Suite, 1 Luxury Suite, 2 twin rooms, 2 family rooms, 4 single rooms & 2 double rooms offer suitable accommodation to everyone's needs. Children are able to share family rooms with parents at a minimal rate.
Self-catering options are available for en-suite accommodation.

We also offer 2 fully equipped self-catering houses (3 bedroom, 2 bathroom) with stunning sea- and river views. Units are serviced once daily, dining area, lounge area with Bouquet DSTV. These units are ideal for families, friends or groups and sleep 6 max each.

Laundry, fax and internet facilities and tea and coffee are at hand at the main Guesthouse.


Moon Shadow Restaurant opened recently on site and offers fine A la Carte dining.
A comprehensive menu offers contemporary cuisine in the predominantly French tradition, Thai-inspired dishes, a stylish fusion of Eurasian fare as well as wholesome traditional homemade meals. All meals are prepared freshly on site. The restaurant is open from Monday thru to Sundays.
Breakfast is served between 07h30 – 10h00
Lunch is served between 12h00 – 14h00
Dinner is served between 18h30 – 20h30 (last orders taken 20h30)
We are fully licenced and have a good selection of wines available. Pre-dinner drinks (cocktails and sun downers) are served on the veranda overlooking the sub-tropical garden.

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From 1/5 – 30/6 is our best months in terms of weather.
Stunning, blissful sunshine days, hardly any wind. Clear blue skies and exceptional starry nights – great for star gazers. River & ocean azure blue. Lovely temperature – ideal for holiday for those inland who want to run away from freezing weather. Approaching annual sardine run and game fishing season.