The Umzimkulu Marina in Port Shepstone


R400 per person per night. R300 per person sharing. 2 to 5 Sleepers. The Umzimkulu Marina – right on the south bank of the Umzimkulu River, in Port Shepstone. A great escape into nature.Close to many Blue Flag beaches and other fun things to do.


Umzimkulu Marina in Port Shepstone

The Umzimkulu Marina in Port Shepstone has been hosting travellers, fishers, surfers, families, business folk and the like, for over a decade now. The self-catering chalet-style units can sleep a total of only 18 people. Meaning quiet and relaxing times for all.

2020 Rates

R400 per person per night. R300 per person sharing. 2 to 5 sleeper units, all river facing.

The Umzimkulu Marina in Port Shepstone

On the south bank of The Mighty Umzimkulu River…lies a hidden escape into nature. Looking out over the river and onto the Umtentweni Conservancy. Filled with birdlife and nature. Otters. Dassies. Fish eagles. Cormorants. Fish. Hadedas…and at night time the Hyrax come to life.

Looking down over the fishing grounds to the mouth of the Umzimkulu River

Looking down over the fishing grounds to the mouth of the Umzimkulu River

Then there is the magnificent river itself. Fish jumping for joy all over. There are even sharks in these waters!

On call at all times is the good ship Umzimkulu. Which, following tradition, takes cruises up and down the estuary. Immersing you in it all. Way back in the days, in the earlier half of last century, a steam-powered boat took punters on the same waters, except back then it was navigable for 14kms upriver. To St. Helen’s Rock. These days we have the two bridges stopping us. But it’s great times on the water none-the-less!

The boat is available for charter to any and all. By arrangement, WhatsApp Sean on +27 79 326 9671. It is really suited to celebrations for groups up to 17.

For fishing trips, it’s really cool with four or five anglers and a few spectators even. We often load the boat with coolers and tackle and head down to the Sandspit for a shot at the kob and other gamefish that swim those river mouth waters. Trolling lures along the way. And then the estuary itself is so much fun with many trophy-sized fish of all different species are available to do battle with you. Rock salmon, perch, koblets, flagtail, grunter, kingfish (GTs, BIg-eye, Blacktip and more…) and oxe-eye tarpon are just some of our quarry.

Umzimkulu Rock Salmon can be caught right here

Umzimkulu Rock Salmon can be caught right here

Accommodation is self-catering with all the appointments and amenities you and your family might need. Each unit has it’s own braai area and completely off-street and safe parking. Hot water. Gas stoves (in case of load shedding).

Umzimkulu Marina in Port Shepstone

Umzimkulu Marina panorama from the water

There is a private slipway for our guests use only. Bring your own boat for sure. We will help you launch and load. And we have skippers and guides available if you need.

The Umzimkulu River looking up from the Marina jetty

The Umzimkulu River looking up from the Marina jetty

The Accommodation…all you need for your family fishing, surfing or diving holiday…

The surfing is world-class all around Port Shepstone. There are just so many breaks. Popular ones being Saints and Margate. Easy surfing. Or more challenging breaks a bit north.

With the infamous Protea Banks only a few miles by sea, you could find yourself surrounded by sharks, if that is the kind of thing you like. Many dive operators, and many dive sites.

The spearfishing down on the KZN South Coast is legendary worldwide as a myriad of target species converge here each year. Especially during the sardine run, in wintertime – when anything can be encountered. Anything!

Things-to-do in Port Shepstone

The Umzimkulu Marina is luckily 5 minutes drive to Port Shepstone…

Port Shepstone is a busy little town with all the banks and shops you might need. And more! There are interesting little surprises all over the place – just literally follow-your-nose to the curry dens and cafes, fish and chips shops, and local hangouts the south coast is known for. A meander north on the R102 (old road) is like a journey through time. Back in time!

However, down south things get a lot more livelier. Shopping centres in Shelley Beach have loads of shops that literally carry everything. There are actually a number of centres in the area and in a day you might not get through them all. Margate is 20 minutes south too, another shopper and tourist paradise. And further south, maybe an hour, takes you to Port Edward and a bunch of roadside attractions along the way through the lush coastal bush towards the Transkei Wild Coast. So much exploring to do. There is even a casino down that way!

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