Umkomaas Guest House, Umkomaas

Nestled along Umkomaas Golf Course, we offer a tranquil and comfortable stay with the ocean waves rolling in the distance. A home away from home.

Founded in 2004 Umkomaas Guest House is conveniently situated less than an hours drive from King Shaka Airport. Only 45 minutes from Durban Centre, we are conveniently out of the city along the South Coast of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa. Every morning we often have spectacular sunrises and stunning sea views. Surrounded by open areas we are situated on the second hole of the Umkomaas Golf course.

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South Coast Getaway

Umkomaas was named after the original Zulu name of our uMkhomazi River, which when translated means the “place of cow whales”. It is said that they were witnessed during winter gathering in groups up the lagoon, spending time in what was then a much deeper tidal system.

In our present-day, the landscape has changed dramatically, but some of that original beauty still exists around our small town. The river silted up steadily over the 20th century ending what must have been biodiversity second to none. We imagine it must have been a nursery for sharks and fish of all kinds. Today life still makes do with what it can. We have two resident pairs of fish eagles that often fly majestically high over the lagoon calling at random. Giant kingfishers patrol the coastline soon after sunrise on their daily fishing trips. Pied and malachite kingfishers are also noisy residents, their high pitched calls can be heard for miles echoing over the water.

What makes us unique is the over lap of the ocean environment and the Aliwal Shoal, famous for its sharks, the lagoon ecosystem, and the coastal belt of indigenous bush which harbours a diverse ecosystem in its own.


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