About Umzumbe Surf House
We are a beach front surf themed lodge. We offer very comfortable bedrooms, garden camping and new luxury bungalows in a Guest House / Backpacker vibe which means that all guests share the common spaces of the main house with other guests. The property and Main House are old (over 100 years old), the vibe is rustic and intended for guests to spend most of their time outdoors.
You can hire the entire house or entire property (all rooms and bungalows) privately or for events.
The house is fully Self-Catering, sleeps 14 + camping, which is always an intimate, chill, vibe and never too crowded. Camping Trailers are welcome. The Surf House Property sleeps 23 total.
The rooms are serviced daily, beds are made with white linens and new towels.
All of our rooms and availability are on our website here.
Check In Time: 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Check Out Time: 7:00am - 11:00am
If you require check in or out outside of these times, please make arrangements with staff ahead of time,
If you would like to make a booking;
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The Kitchen is a shared, Self-Catering and fully equipped communal kitchen.
We do not offer food or beverages of any kind.
There are some food shops in town and plenty of fridge space inside our seaside self service kitchen. The kitchen is fully equipped with most necessities. *There is no freezer for storage but we do provide ice.
Baths & Wash Rooms
All baths and toilets are shared amongst the house but serviced daily and kept impeccably clean. There are two toilets inside the Main House, one shower inside the main house and two outdoor showers. Each Bungalow has it's own ensuite with outdoor shower.
There is off-street, secure parking and private access to Umzumbe beach.
Laundry service is available for R50 per load and is wash, dry and fold.
There is ample space to hang out around the house; inside the common areas or on the outside lounge, the big yoga deck, patio chairs, hammocks or lawn.
The beach is a few steps from the back door, just a short stumble and you are on Umzumbe's golden sand open to a your very own private section of the beach which is perfect for fishing, snorkeling, and swims in the tidal pools.
The Surf House allows a select few camping tents inside the garden. There are no camping "sites", no electrical or water hook ups. Campers are welcome to use the common areas of the main house; Kitchen, wash rooms/showers, lounges.
The Surf House has 2 lovely dogs and one cat who are without a doubt, the most popular. They are very friendly with adults, children and other dogs. However we regret we can not allow any additional pets as guests.
A Bit of History
The beach front property has been in the Walters family since 1916 and is over 100 years old. Starting out as a piece of land owned by Lady Charlotte Mary Moor, wife of the Honourable Frederick Robert Moor, a past prime minister of Natal. Together their family owned land in Umzumbe from Lady Moor Road down to Pumula Beach Hotel. Eventually the plots were subdivided and the Umzumbe Surf House property was given to Rich's great grandfather.
The owners, Rich and Ali Walters, are a young married couple, passionate about surfing, beach life and this special property. Rich is South African, originally from Westville, Durban, spent his weekends surfing and exploring Umzumbe beach since he was a baby. He graduated from Maritzburg College and further education at University in Game Ranch Management.
Ali is an ambitious New Yorker, graduated with a bachelor's degree in International Trade & Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. They both worked overseas in various fields before ditching their cubicle work life and creating their dream job.
Ali and Rich live off of the property but visit the Surf House to mingle with guests and enjoy the vibe.
So after reading all of this, are you ready to book? Live Simply with us for a few days. Tap into the easy beach vibe here and just relax. You know you need it. And we love sharing it.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the house or what to bring.