Driving into Umdloti both North Beach Road and South Beach Road lead off from the traffic circle as you enter town. We headed north, passing holidays flats and apartments on the hillside, all overlooking the sea. You never have to ask for a sea view in Umdloti as everything faces east.
The resident population is around 2000 but grows to over 20000 in the holiday season. However, there are lovely beaches all along the strip, well maintained and patrolled by lifeguards.
We checked in to Greenfire Lodge where above street level facilities ensure privacy and security. The public area comprises a lounge, bar and breakfast room overlooking a small pool and sundeck. An additional 12 serviced rooms on three floors accessed by via a lift or stairs, are spacious and uncluttered.
Glass sliding doors open onto a balcony overlooking the Indian Ocean. There are ceiling fans, reading lights, and en suite walk-in shower and loo. The rooms do not have TVs but there’s one in the public area downstairs. Free Wi-Fi is also available. Drinks are available and hot breakfasts are included in the rate.
In short: we were comfortable and happy with our choice. We couldn’t have been closer to the beach and we enjoyed uninterrupted views of the ocean. Shops and conveniences are also nearby.
- Greenfire caters to the international self-drive and overland market.
- Rates and all other info can be found at this link