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  • Comfortable, family friendly accommodation with a lush garden
  • Walking distance from the popular Umhlanga beach
  • Close to Durban's amenities, with knowledgeabe hosts to advise you

Gateway Country Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Umhlanga


-29.7129, 31.068


Originally the home of the descendants of Kwazulu-Natal’s sugar cane pioneers, Gateway Country Lodge was extensively refurbished and opened its doors to guests in 1999. It has since accommodated hundreds of local and international travellers, who have left thoroughly satisfied at the guest house’s upmarket comfort and tranquil setting.

Situated in a large, lush garden filled with birds and butterflies, the lodge offers a variety of guest rooms, all individually decorated in a pleasing country style and fitted with air conditioning, satellite television, wireless internet, tea/coffee stations, hairdryers, safes and bar fridges.

Guests can soak up the tranquillity of the garden from particularly comfy seating areas on the private verandahs. Room configurations in the double rooms can meet most needs, with a choice between en-suite showers and full en-suite bathrooms, and rooms with an extra single bed.

Children of all ages are welcome, and the family room can accommodate up to five people in comfort. With the beach close by, the lodge is a perfect base for a seaside family holiday, and the kids will love the spaciousness of the gardens.

On warm days, after enjoying a hearty English breakfast on the patio, guests can grab one of the provided swimming towels and dive into the swimming pool, or head down to the Blue Flag beach for a refreshing swim in the Indian Ocean. 

A variety of sea-based activities, including deep sea fishing trips, surfing and scuba diving, are available in the area, and hospitable hosts Ina and Eugene Requilet are happy to make recommendations on where to go and what to see.

To take full advantage of the balmy climate, guests can make use of the lodge’s communal wood and gas braai facilities. If you prefer to eat out, there are a number of good restaurants in close proximity to the lodge. On rainy days and in the evenings, the guest lounge is a cosy recluse in which to kick back and enjoy a drink from the honesty bar.

Although situated in a laidback holiday town, the guest house is conveniently just half an hour’s drive from the colourful buzz of Durban. Boasting everything from family-friendly attractions such as uShaka Marine World, to huge shopping malls, a rich cultural heritage, sports stadiums and a beautiful beachfront, the city offers something for everyone, making for a fun-filled day trip. 

Both the coastal and inland areas of Kwazulu-Natal have an abundance of other attractions to explore, which Ina and Eugene will gladly inform you about. 

Rates & Summary

2 double rooms with en-suite shower

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Verandah with seating area
Garden view

2 full en-suite double rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
One room with verandah
One room with double bench in garden
Garden view

3 double rooms with extra bed

Each sleeps 3 in Queen-size and single beds
En-suite bath and shower
Verandah with seating area
Garden view

Family room

Main bedroom with Queen-size bed and single bed
Second bedroom with twin beds
Bathroom with bath and shower
Verandah with seating area
Garden view


  • TBA


Full English breakfast included


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the attractive seaside town of Umhlanga Rocks, Gateway Country Lodge is a luxury bed and breakfast accommodating guests in comfortable, well-equipped double rooms. The rooms are colourfully furnished, each with their own private verandah looking out onto the gardens. A swimming pool and braai facilities allow guests to enjoy the serene setting, and the popular Umhlanga beach is within walking distance.


  • Comfortable, family friendly accommodation with a lush garden
  • Walking distance from the popular Umhlanga beach
  • Close to Durban's amenities, with knowledgeabe hosts to advise you

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the lodge are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Braai facilities
  • 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 attractions.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge or minibar


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




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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