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umThombe Kei River Lodge
R400 to R900
per unit
Location: Kei Mouth (Eastern Cape)
Type: Safari / Game Lodge, Self Catering (6 rooms/units)
Child Policy: Children age 12 and over are charged as adults.
Check in/out: 2:00 PM (in)   10:00 AM (out)
Reviews: (2 customer reviews)
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umThombe Kei River Lodge is situated on a 160ha private nature reserve along the banks of the Great Kei River. Accommodation is offered in rustic thatched chalets, each with magnificent views of the river. The chalets are fully self-catering and sleep four to six people (camping is also available).

The pulse of the River is felt in everything here: whether you are gliding along in our kayaks, hiking to hidden pools, fishing for the legendary cob, or simply watching sunset turn the cliffs to gold as the crowned cranes fly home to roost.

Please note: The lodge is situated on a remote private nature reserve. Road access can sometimes be difficult, especially after rain, and is recommended for 4x4 vehicles only.

Room info & pricing please note that low season rates are shown in brackets

Chalet (4-sleeper) (3 units)
Max guests: 4 guests
Beds: 4 beds, main is Double or Twin
Bathroom: Ensuite Bathroom (Shower only)
Unit: R500 to R750

Description: Our thatched 4-sleeper chalets each have two rooms - one double and one twin (both with ensuite showers) and a semi-open thatched braai/dining area with fireplace. Each room has a sliding door opening out onto a deck/lawn with lovely views of the river and cliffs opposite.
The Nest (6-sleeper) (1 unit)
Max guests: 6 guests
Beds: 6 beds, main is Double or Twin
Bathroom: Shared Bathroom
Unit: R680 to R900

Description: Situated right on the river bank shaded by stunning flamboyant trees, the thatched wooden cabin has two upstairs bedrooms - a double and a twin suitable for kids - as well as an deck and ensuite toilet. Downstairs is a twin bedroom and a lounge. The spacious self-catering kitchen and dining room have lovely views of the river and garden, as does the outside braai area. The bathroom has a bath, but there is also an outside shower.
Camping (20 rooms)
Max guests: 1 guest
Beds: unknown
Bathroom: Communal Bathroom
Single: R50 to R70

Description: On the river-bank are grassed campsites, with hot showers, washing up and braai facilities. The bush campsite is set further back and provides ample shade and shelter from the wind.
Fisherman's Haven (6-sleeper) (1 unit)
Max guests: 6 guests
Beds: 6 beds, main is Double or Twin
Bathroom: Private Bathroom
Unit: R400 to R550

Description: Set right on the river bank, with access to its own jetty. The haven consists of four separate pre-fab rondawels – two are bedrooms, one with a double and a single bed, and one with three singles. The other two buildings contain the kitchen and the bathroom. There is an outside braai with a table and benches.
Bush Cabin (6-sleeper) (1 unit)
Max guests: 6 guests
Beds: 6 beds, main is Double
Bathroom: Private Bathroom
Unit: R400 to R550

Description: A rustic wooden cabin set in indigenous forest overlooking the river. The cabin has one room with a double bed and an open plan room with two bunk beds and cooking area. The front deck, which has wonderful views over the river, is enclosed and serves as a dining area. There is an outside toilet and shower, and a braai area.

Map & Directions use controls on map to zoom/pan etc

Address: Dunneden Nature Reserve
Kei Mouth
Latitude: -32°37"58.98' (-32.633049)
Longitude: 28°21"5.43' (28.351507)
Directions: Take the N2 from East London north towards Umtata. After approx 30km turn right on the R349 to Kei Mouth. About 3km before Kei Mouth turn left at the sign to umThombe Kei.

Reviews (2 reviews)

  Good Stay
(South Africa)    Van der Merwe 12 December 2014
The atmosphere and enviroment made my stay very pleasant. The service was good. The Rooms for Africa website made the booking process easy.

  Heavenly seclusion
(South Africa)   Mrs Luyt 12 March 2008
The setting is beautiful and we liked the design of the cottage. It is so peaceful and we particularly enjoyed watching and listening to the fish eagles.

Attractions & landmarks

Attraction km
Great Kei River 0
Kei Mouth (beach) 11
Wild Coast 11
Gxara Falls 16
The Gates 18
Wreck of the Jacaranda 20
Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve 60


  • Accreditations
  • Surroundings
    • River
    • Nature Reserve
    • Forest
  • Languages
    • English
    • Afrikaans
    • Xhosa
  • Wining & Dining
  • Leisure facilities
    • Bird Watching
    • Braai / Barbecue
    • Fishing
    • Flower Viewing
    • Game Viewing
    • Garden
    • Mountain Biking
    • Trampoline
    • Volleyball
    • Walking / Hiking
    • 4x4 Trails
  • Business & conferencing
  • General Facilities
    • Cots available
    • Family friendly
    • Fireplace on premises
    • Pets permitted by agreement
    • Secure off-street parking
    • Safe available
    • Smoking permitted
  • In all rooms
    • Fireplace
    • View
  • In some rooms
    • Balcony
    • Fully Equipped
    • Bed Linen supplied
    • Oven
    • Freezer

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