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  • Glorious views over the swimmer-friendly main beach of Umzumbe
  • Variety of self-catering cottages on offer to suit all needs
  • Wide variety of outdoor activities on offer nearby and in the region

Summer Place

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Umzumbe


-30.6254, 30.5439


Summer Place is is approximately 90km south of Durban, between Hiberdene and Port Shepstone, and is situated directly on the main swimming beach, next to the well known Pumula Beach Hotel. It has 4 self-catering, air-conditioned beach cottages.

The Penthouse sleeps 4 adults and 4 kids. It has beautiful finishes with a huge lounge and dining room. The sliding doors onto the wooden decks gives you a great view of the beach. Lookout cottage sleeps 12 guests. It has three bathrooms, a dining room, lounge and kitchen, and its own private deck and gate onto the beach. Big Brother cottage is ultra modern and sleeps 2 adults.. Honeymoon cottage sleeps 4 guests. It has a modern bathroom, lovely kitchen with modern fittings and a big lounge area.

Umzumbe beach offers the holiday of a lifetime, a really good time for the family to be together. Lifeguards are on duty throughout the year and shark nets protect the main swimming beach, where the splash pool is always a huge favourite with the little ones. 

Summer Place is conveniently situated in the vicinity of ten top class golf courses, a number of smaller game and nature reserves. Scuba diving at Protea Banks and the Aliwal Shoal ranks amongst the best in the country.

Rates & Summary

Seaview Penthouse

Sleeps 4 adults & 4 kids
2 Double bedrooms 
1 Bedroom with 4 Single beds
2 Bathrooms
Private deck with stunning sea views

Lookout Cottage

Sleeps 12 e.g. 6 adults & 6 kids
3 Double bedrooms
2 Bedrooms with 3 Single beds
3 Bathrooms
Closest to the beach

Honeymoon Cottage

Sleeps 4 e.g. 2 couples or a family
2 Double bedrooms
Sea views from all rooms

Big Brother

Sleeps 2 plus 1 kid
Double bedroom
Sleeper couch in lounge
Shared bathroom has shower only
Sea views from lounge


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Kids are welcome at Summer Place. The sea pool at Umzumbe is a favourite.
Lookout Cottage has interleading rooms.


Why Stay Here?

Approximately 90km south of Durban, between Hiberdene and Port Shepstone, you will find Umzumbe, the best kept secret of the Hibiscus Coast. Summer Place is situated directly on the main swimming beach and offers a selection of watersport and recreational facilities. Summer Place offers 4 self-catering, air-conditioned beach cottages, providing your best family beach holiday – sun, surf and relaxation!


  • Glorious views over the swimmer-friendly main beach of Umzumbe
  • Variety of self-catering cottages on offer to suit all needs
  • Wide variety of outdoor activities on offer nearby and in the region

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, beach towels, walking shoes, warmish jacket for winter evenings, binoculars for dolphin and whale spotting.

Road Conditions

The roads to Summer Place are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming
  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Nature Reserves
  • Extreme adventure sports
  • Hiking & bike trails
  • Lake Eland Game Reserve
  • Uvongo Bird Park
  • Riverbend Crocodile Farm
  • Weza-Ngele Forest
  • 10 Golf courses nearby


Accommodation & Hospitality

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

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Basic cleaning materials


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Satellite television

Business & Connectivity

  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted


  • Personal safe
  • 24 hour security




South Coast

KwaZulu Natal


Decades ago, beach holidays were simple. They were holidays of buckets and spades, sunburn, ice-creams melting on your fingers, brollies and swimming. Somehow, the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast has managed to retain this relaxed, old-school charm and escaped the ruthless modernisation of other parts of the world.

The South Coast stretches from the outskirts of Durban to the Eastern Cape border just south of Port Edward, with countless small towns dotted in between.

Some are prime holiday destinations that attract crowds by offering busy nightlife and organised activities. Others are gentler and more relaxed, relying on the natural charm of the ocean and the beach to attract a less frenetic class of people.

Whatever your preference, you will be sure to find some place that fits the bill on the South Coast.

Running down almost the length of the South Coast is the N2 highway, passing through grasslands, hills, sugar cane and over bridges that span a multitude of wide rivers bringing water from the inland mountains. It is an area of great natural beauty and the sandy beaches are numerous and beautiful, perfect for long walks in the afternoon.

Obviously the Indian Ocean is the prime reason for most tourism and it is easy to understand why. Even in winter, the water is warm and swimmable, but in spring, summer and even autumn the water hovers around 25 degrees Celsius, making it perfect for long days in the water.

Six beaches on the South Coast have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag status, which means they satisfy 32 criteria, including service, safety, water quality and even environmental management. While these six beaches obviously have something to crow about, there are dozens of other beaches that are as beautiful, safe and worth visiting. In fact, in summer, when the crowds are out, many of these beaches might prove more enjoyable than those with the coveted Blue Flag status.

Beneath the warm waters of the Indian Ocean are further attractions, and the scuba-diving spots of Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks are some of the best in the country, with Aliwal often rated as one of the top-10 dive sites in the world.

The South Coast offers far more than just its top-class beaches, though, with a number of small game reserves, excellent golf courses and more. 

Oribi Gorge is piece of rugged wilderness just a short drive from Port Shepstone beach. Nature is the attraction here, and all sorts of birds and animals thrive in the gorges and forests along the river banks. It has also become something of an adventure destination, so prepare yourself for adrenalin highs.

Wherever you choose to stay, and whatever you choose to do, make a point not to drift too far away from the simplicity and relaxation of a holiday on a beautiful beach.

Look out for

The Sardine Run is one of the world’s great migrations and sights of the natural world. Unfortunately, the timing is a bit hard to pinpoint, much like the Namaqualand daisies, but it generally occurs in the middle of winter. Tens of millions of sardines make their way up the coast, followed by thousands of sharks, dolphins, game fish and whales, as well as flocks of predating birds. Scuba-divers can dive alongside this natural phenomenon.

Oribi Gorge, a short drive inland from Port Shepstone, is a spectacular natural attraction formed by the Mzimkhulu and Mzimkulwana rivers. A nature reserve offers birding, game-viewing and walks, while operators in the area offer white-water rafting, mountain-biking, a gorge swing, abseiling, horse-riding, fishing and more. It is also a wonderful spot for landscape photography, or relaxing at one of the lodges or spas.

Scuba-diving is a major attraction on the South Coast, which is lucky enough to boast two world-class dive destinations in Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks.

If scuba-diving is too tame for you, or if you want to up the stakes a little, try shark-diving on for size. Specialist dive operators give you the opportunity to swim with all sorts of shark species, including the fearsome bull shark, tiger shark, hammerhead shark and ragged-tooth shark.

The coast’s Blue Flag beaches (Trafalgar beach and Marina beach near San Lameer, Ramsgate beach, Margate beach, Lucien beach near Margate and Umzumbe beach) rank amongst the best in the world and spending the day on them is a privilege that should be savoured.

The South Coast boasts some wonderful golf courses, including San Lameer, Selbourne and the Wild Coast Sun (just across the provincial border in the Eastern Cape), while almost every small town also offers a very good local course.

For something a little different, pop into the Beaver Creek Coffee Farm outside Port Edward. Here you can watch the entire process that the coffee bean makes on its way to becoming that hot cup of brew on your breakfast table. There is also a restaurant and a shop selling Beaver Creek’s excellent coffee.

The South Coast offers very good birding along most of its length, and birders can enjoy sightings of interesting birds without leaving the towns they are staying in. That said, there are a few spots that are particularly good, such as the Mtamvuna Nature Reserve and Oribi Gorge.

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