This property is a 18-minute walk from the beach. Crooked Tree Cottage offers Bed & Breakfast or self-catering accommodation close to Umhlanga's beaches and a short drive from Durban and its famous Golden Mile.

This intimate establishment consists of 3 bed & breakfast rooms and 3 self-catering units. The wonderfully “crooked” tree provides restful, cooling shade on hot summer days and loses its leaves in the winter making the garden even more spectacular.

The sea views from the balconies are magnificent and the bird life is a joy to watch. Monkeys are nearly daily visitors and the occasional stork can be spotted in the branches.

The friendly, multilingual Crooked Tree Cottage hosts pride themselves on creating a relaxed atmosphere and providing personal service that delights their guests.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.5 for a two-person trip.

Crooked Tree Cottage has been welcoming guests since Feb 19, 2008

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.6)

Breakfast Info

Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Vegan, Breakfast to go

Free Private Parking Available On Site


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Double Room
  • 1 king bed
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Double Room
  • 1 full bed
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Max adults: 2
  • 1 king bed
  • 1 sofa bed
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  • The staff speaks English
Closest beaches
  • Umhlanga Main Beach

    Umhlanga Main Beach

    8.6 Excellent beach
    2,700 feet from property
  • Bronze Beach

    Bronze Beach

    8.6 Excellent beach
    3,100 feet from property
  • Umhlanga rocks Beach

    Umhlanga rocks Beach

    8.8 Excellent beach
    4,000 feet from property
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Hosted by Helen

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Crooked Tree is a lovely 6 room establishment set in the heart of the ever growing Umhlanga coastal town close to Durban CBD. Centrally located and close to the Umhlanga village as well as many newly located businesses, it is a short walk to some of the best beaches on the Kwazulu Natal coastline. Crooked tree has the added advantage of lovely sea views and the option to book on a bed only, bed and breakfast or self catering basis.
My husband Reinhard and I have been running the Crooked Tree together for the last 15 years. We take pride in owner managed accommodation. As well trying to be there 100% of the time to welcome all our guests, we do our own breakfasts and we do most of the maintenance to the property ourselves. The cottage and Room 4 were revamped, finishing in April 2016. Rooms 5 and 6 have recently been repainted and updated. And we have just made changes to Rooms 4's bathroom. It now has a walk in shower only. In addition to being water conservative, we take great pride in being a truly owner managed and run establishment.
Umhlanga was a premier holiday destination but it has blossomed into one of the hottest spots to vacation on the African continent. Rub shoulders with the rich and the not so, and gym with some of the international rugby teams when they come to compete.. Commerce and business centers abound in the area, so we are also an ideal location for business travelers. Whatever your needs we are perfectly located for all.
Languages spoken: German,English
Area Info *
Guests loved walking around the neighborhood!
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What's nearby
  • Granada Square Shopping Centre
    0.4 miles
  • Umhlanga Pier
    0.5 miles
  • Umhlanga lighthouse
    0.6 miles
  • Wavepark Gateway
    0.8 miles
  • Gateway Mall
    0.9 miles
  • Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve
    1 miles
  • Mount Edgecombe Country Club
    1.7 miles
  • La Lucia Mall
    2.4 miles
  • Beachwood Golf Club
    4.4 miles
Restaurants & cafes
  • Restaurant Various
    0.9 miles
  • Cafe/Bar Various
    0.9 miles
Top attractions
  • Princess Magogo Stadium
    6.8 miles
  • Kings Park Stadium
    7.7 miles
  • Durban Country Club
    7.7 miles
  • Big Rush
    7.9 miles
  • Moses Mabhida Stadium
    7.9 miles
  • African Art Centre
    8.6 miles
  • Durban Botanic Gardens
    9.7 miles
  • uShaka Marine World
    10.2 miles
Natural Beauty
  • Ocean/Sea Indian ocean
    0.9 miles
  • Mountain Moses Mabhida Stadium
    13.7 miles
  • Mountain Ushaka
    15.5 miles
  • Mountain Holla Trails
    24.9 miles
Beaches in the Neighborhood
  • Umhlanga Main Beach
    2,700 feet
  • Bronze Beach
    3,100 feet
  • Umhlanga rocks Beach
    4,000 feet
  • La Lucia Beach
    2.2 miles
  • Glenashley Beach
    2.8 miles
Public transit
  • Train Mount Edgecombe Station
    3.2 miles
Closest Airports
  • King Shaka International Airport
    7.8 miles
  • Pietermaritzburg Airport
    41.2 miles
How to get to Crooked Tree Cottage from King Shaka International Airport
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Amenities of Crooked Tree Cottage
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/Sheets (extra fee)
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Patio
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
  • Themed dinners Off-site Additional charge
  • Water park Off-site Additional charge
  • Snorkeling Off-site
  • Racquetball Off-site
  • Horseback riding Off-site Additional charge
  • Diving Off-site Additional charge
  • Cycling Off-site
  • Hiking Off-site Additional charge
  • Canoeing Off-site Additional charge
  • Windsurfing Off-site Additional charge
  • Fishing Off-site Additional charge
Living Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable channels
  • Satellite channels
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
  • Secure parking
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Private check-in/out
  • Baggage storage
  • Fax/Photocopying
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • Smoke alarms
  • Safe
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Fan
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Outdoor swimming pool
  • Open all year
  • All ages welcome
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Shallow end
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
Languages Spoken
  • German
  • English
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House rules Crooked Tree Cottage takes special requests – add in the next step!


2:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


9:30 AM - 10:00 AM


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children not allowed.

Crib and extra bed policies

There's no capacity for cribs at this property.

This property doesn't offer extra beds.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Maestro Mastercard Visa Crooked Tree Cottage accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.


Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests need be quiet between 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

If you expect to arrive outside reception opening hours, please inform Crooked Tree Cottage in advance. Charges are applicable for late check-in requests.

Please note, payment is required through an online credit card payment link services. Crooked Tree Cottage will contact you with instructions.

Please note that the guest will be required to present their Government issued ID matching the Credit card used for payment before the keys to the property are provided.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimize transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identity, travel itinerary, and other relevant info on dates where such guidelines exist.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Food and beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor common areas.

This property does not accommodate bachelor(ette) or similar parties.

Please inform Crooked Tree Cottage of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

Payment before arrival by bank transfer is required. The property will contact you after you book to provide instructions.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

FAQs about Crooked Tree Cottage

  • Room options at Crooked Tree Cottage include:

    • Twin/Double
    • Double
    • Studio

  • The nearest beach is 0.9 miles from Crooked Tree Cottage.

  • Crooked Tree Cottage is 9.3 miles from the center of Durban.

  • Check-in at Crooked Tree Cottage is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

  • Guests staying at Crooked Tree Cottage can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.5).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Breakfast to go

  • Crooked Tree Cottage offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Snorkeling
    • Diving
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing
    • Windsurfing
    • Racquetball
    • Water park
    • Horseback riding
    • Themed dinners

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to Crooked Tree Cottage by:

    • Car 15min

  • The prices at Crooked Tree Cottage may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. See details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • The following parking options are available to guests staying at Crooked Tree Cottage (subject to availability):

    • Parking on site
    • Private Parking
    • Parking
    • Secure parking
    • Accessible parking
    • Free parking