Rich grew up in Durban, but spent his weekends and holidays on the South Coast, crawling around his families Surf House. Lucky enough to score epic surf for most of his life, surfing is now everything to Rich. When he isn't surfing around South Africa with guests or showing them Africa's bush life, he is teaching surf lessons and running his surf camp.
Zamambo Zibonti Republic of South Africa
May 2017, BookSurfCamps
The surf instructors were super friendly and super professional. There is great comraderie amongst the guests, which are internationally diverse groups.
Amber and Derek (day & night managers) were helpful from the get-go. Welcoming, friendly and helpful -- it was easy to feel at home right away. Beautiful, casual location good for quiet relaxation including a massage if you like.
Joanna V. Switzerland
I had an amazing time with Ali and Rich. They are so friendly, they took care of me. We had great time surfing and Braai with everybody. The backpackers is so nice with a big garden, we are in the water with 2 min walking. It's really clean, we have towels and they clean the bed every morning ! Perfect...
Francisco Ffarrell Argentina
We had a great stay in umzumbe surf house, the house is super clean and comfortable. Right in front to the beach, beatiful garden. Rich and ali tooked care uf us making braai and taking us out for surfing! Great time, i will be back
A traveler South Africa
I absolutely loved it, the Surf house has a very homey feel. Thank you for the kind assistance. The weather may not have been in our favor but we still made the best out of our little getaway, the oceanic view was remarkable and absolutely breathtaking. I will definitely be back.
We combined a work/surf trip at Umzumbe for a week and the Beach House served as an ideal spot to do so! Awesome coastline and super friendly staff/team made for an ideal environment - if you're heading to Umzumbe, point your steering wheel in this direction.
This place was one the highlights of South Africa. We had a great time staying here. Surf and yoga, what else can you need?
Trip advisor website
My son and I went on a skateboarding and surf holiday in Kzn. We stayed at Umzumbe Surf house. The place is brilliant, plenty to do, great relaxed vibe and my boy laughed and smiled the whole time. Our hosts ( Rich and Ali) have been fantastic. For a well priced, relaxing and wonderful kid friendly place I highly recommend it!
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Incredible stay. A true home away from home with epic surf right in front of the house. Ali and Rich are wonderful hosts and Ali cooks up a storm whilst Rich catches fresh seafood with his "live off the land" mentality. If you looking to rejuvenate your soul and switch off from the electronic world. Umzumbe Surfhouse is your place.
Cannot wait to return to this hidden gem on the south coast.
Umzumbe Surf House's Facebook page
An absolute gem of a place, felt like home away from home, met the most awesome people, great hosts, came back feeling like a new man, can't wait to go back, highly recommended!
a traveler Germany
I spent 10 days at this very special place last February and I hesitated about writing a review until now just for one reason: It would be such a shame if it turned into a crowded, run over retreat which usually goes hand in hand with a slight loss of quality because of quantity. Allie and Rich were the perfect hosts, the place felt like home right from the moment I walked in and sharing the house with other guests was more like sharing family life.Surf was good and Rich was motivated to take me any time of day, though he preferred the early morning. Allie offered Yoga workouts on the deck and took us food shopping for our "family" dinners. Breakfast after surf was always a healthy treat and because the days started early, there was enough time to read, nap and just chill out. I cannot imagine returning to SA and not revisit this marble of a place. Loved every minute of it.
a traveler South Africa
The Surf House leaves a special place in your heart when you leave. As you arrive you can immediately feel the stresses of life leave your body making it the ultimate place to go on holiday. The vibe is amazing and the laughs are in abundance. Many, many great memories have been made here and every time you go you cannot wait to get back. Cannot recommend enough. The entrance to the beach is on the property and the gardens are lush. The house is well maintained and Rich and Ali are the perfect hosts. Do yourself and your soul a big favour a book yourself as long a stay as you can here. You won't regret it.
A small piece of paradise! We had the most amazing stay. Richard and Ali were the best hosts we could have asked for. The surf lessons were amazing, best experience ever! Ali makes an amazing breakfast. The house is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your amazing place with us. We will definitely be back!
a traveler Dublin
We had a great weekend at Uzumbe surf house. It's a beautiful set up- a large property with plenty of space right on the beach. The house itself is lovely with great airy rooms, a large clean kitchen, and plenty of places to sit and hang out. Plus a lovely deck where you can sit and listen to the sea! Allie & Rich were very friendly and made us feel right at home. We went for walks & swims at the beach, had a nice dinner nearby, and a great surf lesson with Rich & Ben also. Highly recommended.
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