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Welcome To Paradise

One of the best Backpackers in South Africa since 1999. Surfing, Yoga and plenty more to offer on the banana coast of Southern KZN in the Subtropical jungle of Umzumbe. 🍌 🏝

Mantis & Moon

Get lost in a private jungle not even a 5-minute walk from the blue flag beach in Umzumbe. Welcome to Mantis & Moon. Experience the warm welcome of the staff family. Our friendly dynamic, local and international volunteers can’t wait to meet you! We too are travellers, nomads, adventurists, dudes and dudettes who love the sun. By day, you might see us surfing, painting, expand our knowledge, fix and build or cook up a big delicious meal. By night, we sip tea, juice or beer next to the exotic rock pool, while global story tellers share their adventures, lessons and tales of our own lives with people like you.


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We have great surf spots just a stones throw away and we offer surf lessons with local Pro’s


The serene HOLM Yoga Studio offers arrange of styles of yoga. Classes every morning
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Scuba, snorkeling, caged dives to guided swims with the sharks. We are surrounded by pristine reefs.
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Horse Rides

Take a canter on the beach or a trot up the Umzumbe hills. We have arrange a lovely ride for you.
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Local Tours

Vist Oribi Gorge and do the crazy cliff jump. Cultural tours and beautiful hikes and river rafting also await.

River Cruise

All aboard the river barge for a sneaky sundowner cruise with your friends. Call us to can pre-arrange the cruise. Parties welcome. Transport on offer

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Venue Hire

We offer venue hire services and can help you plan the perfect celebration or get-together. We cater for weddings, team building, yoga teacher trainings, retreats and birthdays.

Although we love to have a great time, we DO NOT allow bachelor parties.



Here at Mantis and Moon we’re always excited about having new volunteers into our home. Help out with maintenance, carpentry, admin work, media and arts & crafts. As a volunteer you get accommodation in return for your services, you get to live in a dorm with maximum 3 other people. You are certain to experience all of the perks that come with the ‘job’ like, our sunset trips, hiking and ocean tours, the best of all, making some amazing friends!

We at Mantis and Moon strive to create something truly special and encourage everybody who stays with us to leave their mark.  We want our guests to have the most amazing time and make some special memories as we go!


Contact Us

dont hesitate to give us a call and find out more about us 🙂