New name, new design, new future for Umfolozi Resort as development takes shape.
05 August 2010
The R115-million makeover of Tusk Umfolozi in the uMhlathuze Region in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal is progressing exceptionally well, and will be completed by December 2010 - and in preparation for this auspicious month the resort has been rebranded and renamed Umfolozi Hotel Casino Convention Resort – befitting its massive makeover.
The new Umfolozi Resort is a modern celebration of Zulu culture and offers the residents and visitors to the uMhlathuze Region a new and unique variety of entertainment, hospitality and conferencing facilities.
"The resort retains its African identity and culture with a new, contemporary design theme incorporated into all aspects of the resort from logo to room design." says Mark Jakins, Peermont's Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer
The redevelopment of the resort includes a great deal of exciting new venues and facilities - including a hotel, convention centre, restaurants and an outdoor domed events venue and corporate or family action park for teambuilding and parties . Recently opened are the newly refurbished Salon Privé with 30 slot machines and 3 gaming tables (Roulette, Texas Hold 'em Poker and Blackjack) and the Umfolozi Casino smoking section. Guests have direct access to the new Salon Privé which is adjacent to the gaming floor, with exclusive parking for Privé guests. The main casino has a total of 267 slot machines and 12 tables in play with upgraded cashier booths and casino interiors.
A new Peermont Metcourt hotel with 44 rooms and suites is set to open at the end of 2010, with its own F.L.A.G. Café breakfast restaurant, a well known offering found in the popular Peermont Metcourt hotels in South Africa and Botswana. The hotel will become a convenient stopover and meetings destination for guests doing business in this region. The Umfolozi Resort is situated approximately 160 kilometers north of Durban, situated in the hilly countryside of the uMhlathuze Region.
The new state-of-the-art conference centre with facilities for 200 people and a multipurpose events arena will be able to accommodate up to 600 delegates, with two breakaway rooms available. There is also the exciting new addition of an Action Park, a unique corporate event facility which includes a climbing wall plus two air-filled corporate action features called face-off and mini-swing, perfect for corporate functions and action packed team-building sessions - a welcome alternative to KwaZulu-Natal's existing attractions.
Herman Brits, General Manager for the Umfolozi Resort says, "The addition of a new Peermont Metcourt hotel, conference centre and multipurpose entertainment and events arena to our upgraded casino complex will provide guests with progressive and inexpensive accommodation, as well as much-needed meeting and entertainment facilities in the Richards Bay and Empangeni areas of northern KwaZulu-Natal."