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About Shark & Shoal Guesthouse
Our guesthouse is situated on the Kwazulu Natal coast just 60 kilometers south of Durban. We are in the lazy town of Umkomaas which derives its name from the Umkomazi river. Umkomazi is the Zulu word which means Whale cow. The river was at one time large and deep enough to allow whale cows to swim upriver to calve. The Shark and Shoal has a magnificent view over the river.
The house was built in the early nineteen hundreds and is one of the original houses in Umkomaas and boasts with an interesting history. Specific details have been difficult to obtain but its checkered history includes it being used as a hospital, a nunnery and a private residence. Just after the second world war, injured returning soldiers were allowed to recuperate in this makeshift hospital before being sent home. Nuns occupied the house during the 50’s and 60’s as it was just a stones throw from the local Catholic church which is just up in Maclean street. There were rumours that we have a resident ghost, but we have not yet had the good fortune of making its acquaintance.
Soon after acquiring the house we realized it had potential as a guesthouse and were keen to share its homeliness with others. The house was practically gutted and renewed but we think we have been able to preserve its rural atmosphere and comfort. A lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into the renovation and we are constantly upgrading the facilities for your comfort.
The KZN south coast became the neglected son during the 70’s and 80’s when all the development was on the north coast and the south coast lost its popularity with holidaymakers. However in recent years it is once again regaining its forgotten past mainly because of its beautiful beaches and a laid back rural atmosphere. And of course it remains South Africa’s diving mecca with the world renown Aliwal Shoal just off Umkomaas’ beaches.