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A Truly African Experience


a unique, rustic stay over experience

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Shapes of Africa…

Coast to Coast

“The closest backpackers to King Shaka Airport, these rustic Zulu huts and wooden cabins are just 1km from the airport through the sugarcane and only 5km from Umdloti Beach. Built in a lush indigenous garden, the lodge’s homemade authentic food and chili sauces are sensational. Chill on the deck and enjoy the peaceful, wild surroundings. Activities include yoga, pilates, surfing, kite surfing, snorkeling, mountain biking, trail running, horse riding, bird watching, plane spotting and the Barn Swallow phenomenon”


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Shakas Rox

Shakas Rox Rustic Zulu Rondavel - Stone cottage - en-suite, double bed or 2 – 4 single beds with mozzie nets, own kitchenette and deck with view of Umdloti River Valley.
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Plane Spotting

Twin bed wooden cabin, shared ablutions, communal kitchen, braai area.
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Swallows Nest

Wooden cabin, double bed, shared ablutions, communal kitchen, braai area.
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Wakka Wakka Dormitory

Typical zulu mud hut - rondavel - sleeps 12 – 6 bunk beds - Ablutions shared. Own braai area, mini bar fridge or communal kitchen/braai area.
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House of the Rising Sun

Hippie caravan – king size bed – shared ablutions.
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The Reasons You’ll Love It

Rustic Zulu Rondavels

Constructed from natural materials sourced from Mount Moreland and built by our own local Zulus.

Beautiful views

Beautiful views of Mount Moreland and Umdloti river valley, distant sea view. Set in large, luscious indigenous garden.


Intimate Weddings

Theme Evenings

Birthday Parties


Church, School groups etc.

Yoga Days


Green Days

Health and Holistic Events

Nature Days

The Gecko Lounge

Shape of Africa is famous for having a large and buzzing entertainment area known as “The Gecko Lounge”. Come and socialize together with friends where you can make use of some of our other facilities like the bar and fire pit.

Tree Frog Deck

Feeling energetic? We have especially constructed the “Tree Frog Deck” offering Yoga, Pilates, Kiddies Gym & we also offer yoga retreats…the holistic side of shapes.

Communal Kitchen

Our communal kitchen is the perfect place to satisfy your hunger for the culinary arts. Come and cook up a storm in a peaceful and relaxed setting. Prepared meals can be bought as well as Braai packs. Don’t forget to try our range of home made chili sauces.


A fantastic place to relax and discuss the happenings of the day. Our fully stocked watering hole in the “The Gecko Lounge” will be available for you on request.

Fire Pit

After a long day come and gather around the fire and keep warm. Shapes has an awesome fire pit that is always ready for lighting up your stay with us.


Normally one does not highlight the public toilets on the main page but our communal wooden out house for Lions and Lionesses is just awesome fun.


Horse Riding

Off-Road Biking

Mountain Biking


Swallow Watching

Kite Surfing


The South African version of a barbecue but not at all…way better, what day would not be complete with out gathering around the open grill.

Fatbike Safaris

Take a ride on the wild side by joining us for a coastal tour with our fatbikes especially designed for riding on the beach.


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Find Us…

Shapes of Africa
4 Bond Street, Mount Moreland

Directions: At N2 off ramp Umdloti/Verulam turn towards Verulam. Go just under 1km, turn right
at white pillar saying Umdloti Estate, Mount Moreland. Follow all the signs into Mount Moreland,
continue up Charles Street until T-junction, turn left then the road bends right, find us on the right
hand side at 4 Bond Street.

South African Youth Travel Confederation

Physical Adress: 4 Bond Street, Mount Moreland, South Africa,

Postal Address: P.O. Box 89, Umdloti Beach, 4350

GPS -29.639488,31.090391

Mobile: +27 (0)82-432-5513