Our Chalet is part of a secure resort. You can therefore enjoy the quiet natural forest setting with its fabulous ocean views and whale watching. The beach is a comfortable walk away with safe swimming, surfing and fishing. The interior of the chalet is all wood with a slate roof.
The rooms have a quaint shape due to the A-frame design.The chalet is serviced daily except on Sundays and you need to have your own towels. Bed linen is changed weekly. There is a shared swimming pool with a large wooden deck, a gymnasium, barbecue facilities, a small restaurant, laundry facilities and walking trails through the indigenous forest grounds where deer can be seen regularly and of course birds. Durban is +/- 100km away (1 hour drive) so that day trips are easy if you like the city life. There are good grocery shops and restaurants close by and several other interesting outings. Crocodile farms, Coffee farm, Red Desert, shopping malls, rivers and lagoons
Umzumbe is a quiet settlement with many beautiful homes and a good hotel where meals can be pre-booked. We do a lot of walking although all is accessible by car. We generally start our day with a early walk to the beach to see what the tide has brought in - shells, seaweed, crayfish and crabs. At low tide the rock pools are fascinating! Then walk back to the chalet or if some one has not walked he/she fetches us by car. After breakfast we pack a picnic tea and umbrellas and head back to the beach for sunbathing, sandcastle building, playing in the waves, swimming, surfing, fishing or walking on the long expanse of beach. Each to his own! Umzumbe is a morning beach with the sun rising over the sea. 12 noon sees us back at the chalet for showers, lunch, books, outings or lazing. Afternoons are cool with the sun setting behind the hill. Walks within the grounds encounter the deer, the "witch-doctors tree" and interesting forest life. There is, of course, satellite television. The neighbours are generally quiet and you are requested not to feed the monkeys. The climate is sub-tropical.
I am an Occupational Therapist (now retired) and my husband a retired businessman. We have spent many holidays at our Umzumbe Chalet and love it's ambiance. I love gardening and so enjoy the botanical richness of the natural indigenous forest as well as the cultivated gardens. My husband loves classical music and used to fish. Our children are grown now and each continue to enjoy it in there own way. Each young child is introduced to the "Witch doctor's Tree" We do a lot of reading and mostly organize some handwork for the holiday in case the weather lets us down. We speak both English and Afrikaans fluently as well as some Zulu. Most people in the area can speak English.