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  • Comfortable accommodation with warm and knowledgeable hosts
  • Close to the popular Umhlanga beach
  • Durban's amenities and the rest of the North Coast are all in driving range

Crooked Tree Cottage

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Umhlanga


-29.7229, 31.0809


Crooked Tree Cottage is an intimate modern guest house which is ideal for travellers who want affordable, high-quality accommodation close to Umhlanga’s main beach and the attractions of Durban.

Named after the tall indigenous trees in the garden, which provide cooling shade and attract vervet monkeys and a variety of birds, the guest house caters to everyone, offering bed and breakfast, room only and self-catering accommodation. The main house has three cosy self-catering suites on its upper floor, all with King-size beds that can be converted into twins. From the private balconies, guests can soak up the mild subtropical climate and admire views stretching over the swimming pool to the Indian Ocean.

The double suites have an open-plan kitchenette/living area, as well as an en-suite shower, while the larger family suite has a more spacious kitchen and a bath with overhanging shower. Kids in the family room are accommodated on a double sleeper couch.

Separate from the main building, the cottage has three rooms that are available separately, but a shared kitchen, lounge and sea-facing balcony make it ideal for large groups. All the rooms are comfortably appointed with amenities such as air-conditioning, ceiling fans, tea/coffee stations, hairdryers, wireless internet and satellite televisions with DVD players. When the mood strikes, guests can request to use the braai facilities.

Guests who book on a bed and breakfast basis are treated to generously-sized, tasty Full English or Continental breakfasts, accompanied by refreshing fruit salad and freshly brewed coffee. Afterwards, the area’s myriad of attractions wait to be discovered. 

Umhlanga’s golden beaches are a short walk from the guest house, and provide the perfect setting for swimming and sunbathing.

Visitors can embark on fishing charters or scuba diving to explore the deep blue, or swing a club at one of the region’s excellent golf course. The nearby Gateway Theatre of Shopping offers incredible shopping and entertainment, while Durban’s massive range of attractions are only half an hour away.

Your hosts at Crooked Tree Cottage are exceptionally hospitable, and will assist in any way they can to make your stay an unforgettable one.

Rates & Summary

2 Cottage King/twin rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Balcony shared with other cottage room
Sea views

Cottage Double Room

Sleeps 1 guest in double bed
Second guest on request
En-suite shower over bath
Shared balcony with sea views

2 Deluxe Self-catering Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Open-plan kitchen and living area
Balcony with views of pool and sea

Deluxe Self-catering Family Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Sleeper couch for two children on request
En-suite shower over bath
Open-plan living area
Balcony with views of pool and sea


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Bed and breakfast or room only in cottage
Self-catering in suites


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Crooked Tree Cottage is located close to Umhlanga’s beachfront and offers bed and breakfast or room only accommodation in three comfortable cottage rooms, while the three studio suites are aimed at self-catering guests. At this cosy guest house, visitors can enjoy sea views, hearty breakfasts and friendly hospitality, while being conveniently close to the beach and the attractions of Umhlanga and Durban.


  • Comfortable accommodation with warm and knowledgeable hosts
  • Close to the popular Umhlanga beach
  • Durban's amenities and the rest of the North Coast are all in driving range

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird/whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Nearby: beaches, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, Durban Beachfront, uShaka Marine World, golf courses, botanical gardens, bird park, horse trails, mountain biking, game reserves, urban adrenaline adventures, health club, entertainment and shopping complexes, Moses Mabhida Stadium, historical and cultural attractions.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Electric stove
  • Hot Plates
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




North Coast

KwaZulu Natal


Stretching some 110km from Umhlanga to the Amatikulu River, the North Coast is as diverse as it is spectacular. The old North Coast Road is the best way to access the region. It follows the edge of the Indian Ocean, crossing the lagoons and estuaries of the Umhlanga, Umdloti, Mvoti and Tugela Rivers. It then weaves through fields of sugar cane and patches of indigenous forest.

Over the years, the North Coast has changed from a few sleepy little towns of local farmers’ beach cottages to a hugely popular tourism centre. It draws hundreds of thousands of annual visitors and offers something for just about everyone.

The towns range from Zinkwazi, as relaxed and serene as anywhere on the entire South African coast, to the bustling Umhlanga with its big-town feel. In-between is Ballito, a holiday destination par excellence where tourists are welcomed and entertained. A host of other towns each have their own attractions.

As you’d expect, it is the beaches that are the biggest drawcard to the area and around which most of the action is centred.

Ballito in particular is a surfing mecca and hosts regular surfing competitions.

Other beaches all along the coast offer surfing, swimming and angling. Scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and boat trips can also be organised at most popular tourism towns, as can microlight flights.

Don’t for a second think that the North Coast is simply a beach and party destination. Nature is ever-present and many of the towns are surrounded by beautiful coastal bush or are close to nature reserves. Birdwatching is excellent and diverse, while blue duiker can even be spotted from the Umhlanga promenade.

Fascinating history also pops up when you delve a little deeper. King Shaka, that South African Napoleon, once ruled from a kraal in the area of KwaDukuza. A visitor’s centre, memorial and museum all celebrate and explain his life and reign. Another great Zulu man, this time a man of peace, grew up down the road in Groutville. Albert John Luthuli would later play a major part in the struggle against apartheid and would become the first African to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

The North Coast has always been the trendier part of KwaZulu-Natal’s long and spectacular coastline. It’s more developed, the hotels are bigger and it just feels like there is more on the go. There is an incredible amount to do, things to see and places to stay.

Look out for

Mount Moreland – every year an estimated three million barn swallows spend the South African summer at a wetland on Mount Moreland, not far from the coastal town of Umdloti. From around October to April, this huge concentration of tiny birds can be viewed coming in to roost en masse. Take a few drinks or a picnic and your deckchairs and have a sundowner while this immense flock fills the sky.

King Shaka Heritage Route – King Shaka forged the Zulu nation and ultimately shaped the future of South Africa. On this route you can find out a bit more about this fascinating character. You can visit spots such as Observation Rock, from where he watched his impis train. You can also see the pool where he bathed, the site of his burial, and the tree under which he is reputed to have been assassinated.

The Gateway Shopping Centre - on the other side of the scale is Gateway, a huge shopping centre in Umhlanga that caters for absolutely everyone. Rainy days can be spent watching movies, rock-climbing, bowling, driving go-karts and much, much more. There are obviously also plenty of shops and restaurants.

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board – offers interesting insights into these denizens of the deep. Educational tours are held, as are regular shark dissections.

Birding – the North Coast is home to an estimated 460 bird species, including rarities such as finfoot, green twinspot, bat hawk and black coucal. It’s not necessary to visit nature reserves to spot them either, although you will have better luck at places like the Zinkwazi lagoon or the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve.

Adventure – scuba diving (or learning to scuba dive) is great for family bonding. The North Coast has a number of operators who offer this. Other chances for adventure include excellent mountain biking, quadbiking, paintball and horse riding.

Microlight flights – and helicopter flips give wonderful perspectives of this long and beautiful coastline. You’ll see how urban spread has affected the cane and bush, as well as just how much remains intact. Whales and dolphins are often spotted on such flights.

Dining decadence- be it high tea or a curry buffet at the sensational Oysterbox, a prawn feast at the Amatikulu Prawn Shack, or the Ballito Prawn and Jazz Festival.

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