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The Umdloti Forest Lodge

This self-catering wooden lodge is set in a beautiful forested area in Umdloti among the Milkwood trees with expansive ocean views.
There are many (around 200) stairs to climb but the view is breathtaking.
Elegantly yet rustically furnished and well equipped, it is perfect for a quiet, private break.


This 3-bed thatched house (feels like a large treehouse) is set within the marine reserve of Umdloti (eMdloti in Zulu).

Built on a steep dune covered with protected Milkwood trees and coastal forest, it's a truly beautiful and rare spot. If you're looking for peace and quiet it is the place to relax. No TV, no Wifi, no noise except the ocean... Hammocks, and 180 degree ocean views ensures a relaxing atmosphere.

The dolphins can be spotted on most mornings, and Whales from July through to September/October.
There are around 200 stairs to get up to the wooden lodge... It's quite a walk but it's worth it when you're at the top looking at the stunning Indian ocean, among the amazing trees. PLEASE NOTE this before booking as elderly or physically-challenged people will struggle.

It is a rustic experience but very well equipped. The kitchen has modern appliances, touch top hob and oven, microwave and a dishwasher.

Monkeys, the red forest duiker and lots of bird life surround the area.
...Best part, it's just down the stairs to the beach!!
The beach is dog friendly and there are lovely walks to the rock pools, the lagoon and the tidal pool.

Amenities: fridge, electric touch top stove, microwave and an oven make this a well equipped but simple kitchen.
Weber kettle braai is also included. And a coffee machine. Simple cutlery and crockery, glasses, mugs etc provided.

Two bathrooms. One with a simple bath and the other with a shower. All very basic.
The lodge is thatched and rustically charming. If you're looking for modern and sleek, this is not your type of place. The photo's show you exactly how it looks. If you're looking for an escape to enjoy the basics, natures' beauty and after some P&Q you can't go wrong.

Parking is street parking.
Umdloti is regarded as a safe, coastal town and a gem of the North Coast but parking is at your own risk.

Stay at 'home' and cook or braai, or experience some fine dining, /or a few cafes just along the road.

A beautiful swimming beach (large tidal pool) and some epic surf spots. Spot the whales from July through to October and dolphins are seen on most days throughout the year.

15 minutes from the airport and around ten-fifteen minutes to Umhlanga.
Laundromat down the road, grocery store and petrol/filling station within a 5 minute drive.


Around 200 steps up to the lodge. Parking is street parking - two cars can park easily. There is a common entrance hall shared between The Beach House and the Forest Lodge, in this space is an outdoor shower to wash off any sand before you make your way up to the Lodge.

Servicing of the lodge upon request (and extra payment to cleaning staff may be required, as well as due notice). Please ask upon check in if this service is available during your stay.


Gift and myself are available over the phone and there will always be someone available during the day to attend to any pressing matters should there be a need.

A cleaning service may be arranged by prior notice and at a small extra charge.


Please note, street parking only for two cars. No parties & functions to be hosted and right of admission reserved.

ID, House rules & indemnity required for signature upon check in.


额外房客 $8 / 晚 (多于2位房客后开始收取)
押金 $189
满1周立减: 12%


入住时间为14:00 - 17:00

Strictly no smoking. Pets/animals by written permission only.


You take full responsibility for yourself, your guests and your possessions. Upon signing the house rules at "check in" you agree to these terms.

You may have a maximum of 6 people in the lodge. You shall be held responsible for your guest’s behavior & actions and ensuring that they adhere to these house rules and parking areas.
No parties or functions may be hosted at this address which increase the number of guests - prior agreement and written permission required. Entry into the lodge may not be granted to anyone other than your registered staying guests as per the maximum occupancy rule. We reserve the right to deny access to the property.

There is to be no smoking inside the lodge, only on the deck. This is a thatch and wooden structure... Please be careful and responsible. Evidence of smoking inside, bunted furnishings (inside or outside) or odour, will hold you liable to a minimum fine of a R1000 plus damages.

No pets whatsoever may be brought on to the premises or inside the lode, unless prior written permission has been granted.

Your deposit will be refunded within 24-48 hours if the apartment is found to be in the same condition prior to your check in, and all inventory is checked and in good order.
If there are damagers/breakages, partial or full loss of the security deposit will be communicated to you within 24-48 hours. If there is damage over and above the amount of the deposit, you shall be held liable to pay the difference within 48 hours of notice, in cash or via E.F.T.

Breakages or damages need to be reported immediately to the agent, or directly to the owners via email. The cost price will be added to your account.

The lodge is fully furnished and you are asked to respect the condition of these items by treating furnishing and appliances with care. Read the information pack in order to operate the appliance properly.

Taking all the above factors into consideration, my confirmation of booking indicates that I have accepted all of the above and release Simon & Emma Bray, their agents and/or associates from Liability and Assumption of risk of my:

• Entering the property / apartment premises / parking
• Participating in any activities
• Using any services or facilities
• Eating or drinking any food / beverages arranged for me

I pledge not to sue Emma & Simon Bray, their agents, associates, neighbours, suppliers and / or employees on account of any losses, claims, costs, liabilities or damages.

Signature required upon check in in addition and copy of ID/passport.

需爬楼梯 - Over 200 stairs





The house was amazing. Such a cool location, and Emma was extremely accommodating. It's walking distance to town, and on a road with plenty of neighbors, but you feel like you're in the middle of the forest by yourself. Would definitely stay there again!

Emma was a fantastic hostess. The location is breathtaking and the home is comfortable and well equipped. Gift was extremely helpful and helped to coordinate the stay as well. Would stay again!

The house is absolutely spectacular! Emma and Gift were extremely welcoming and helpful during our stay. The pictures don't do this any justice, it is amazing. Best house I saw on the coast hands down.

Our Host, Emma, was fantastic and reached out to us before our arrival and during our stay to ensure we were satisfied or needed anything. We were greeted with a smile, chocolates, and fresh flowers in the unit! The forest tree cabin had amazing views were our family of 5 watched over 30 dolphins and a few whales swim by. The accommodations were actually described, as the unit is a bit dated but the views, african style thatched roof, and huge porch were the biggest pluses for us. Our family will definitely be planning another trip to Umdloti and would stay at the cabin again.

Breathtaking spot with incredible views! Worth the many steps!

Absolutely deplorable time at Umdloti Forest Lodge!! If you enjoy being locked out of the unit, a pathetic host, green mamba snakes, limited parking and a flight of stairs to replace a gym workout, then this is the place for you. Having driven from Johannesburg, I advised Emma that my sister who was one of the staying guests will be collecting the keys from her as I would not make it on time for check in. I advised her on the number of cars that will be parked for the duration of the stay and specifically enquired about the security issues at the premises as I have an 8 month old baby and a 3 year old. Unfortunately for my family and I, all other places on Umdloti Beach where fully booked so this was actually a last resort booking after reading the reviews. Upon check in Emma made my sister sign an indemnity form regarding the staircase injuries and safety issues. My sister asked for permission to have visitors over for a braai on one of the nights which she had gladly granted with no objections from her side. We hardly spent time at the lodge because of the staircase which was a struggle to carry the kids and other items up and down. Every time upon arrival at the lodge she would lock us out of the premises (there’s no key to open the outside entrance door just a latch which you can lock only on the inside) and when I called her she advised that she was away and that we should crawl up a steep a hill and unlock the gate padlock outside the staircase to gain access to the latchable door. There was no choice or option else we would have been stranded outside. She did this on numerous occasions every time we departed the lodge she locked us out from the inside. One of the guest had mistakenly parked in front of her driveway. She then called and yelled at me over the phone although the vehicle was removed in under a minute. She could have left a cone or NO parking sign in front of her garage as she has labels everywhere in the lodge. Emma, after this stormed up to the lodge making all kinds of accusations about hosting events even after asking her for permission to have guests over prior to that. She even yelled at the guests and made us feel very vulnerable and threatened at the lodge. After my husband removed the vehicle and headed up the staircase she shut down the staircase lights leaving him in a very dangerous situation as it was pitch dark putting him at risk. She even yelled at me for having the lights on while we were in the lodge. When she got to the bottom she locked us at the premises so we could not exit and needed to climb the 200 pitch dark staircase to get the keys and then come...
We wish you the very best Arusha. It's unfortunate that you would make up these complaints about being locked out and being "shouted at" where we both know this was not the case at all. Safe travels back to Johannesburg.

Forest Lodge was beyond our expectation. I simply loved the view right at the ocean and the sounds of the waves. The house is stunning, warm and cozy and very well maintained. We simply loved everything. Emma, our host was super friendly and kept us up to date when dolphins or whales were spotted. I actually don't want to share more. Simply experience it yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Umdloti, 南非注册时间:五月 2012

I love South Africa and living at the coast. Durban's North Coast is an exciting place to live - close to the city center yet far enough away!
My husband and I have a newborn boy and we love nature & adventure and living a healthy lifestyle ...especially finding different spots on Airbnb.

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