We just love the peacefulness, the convenience and the sense of community in the Village. It is the best decision we could have made.


Umdoni Retirement Village

Umdoni Retirement Village consists of 350 facebrick cottages set on 33 hectares of land tucked away amongst lush indigenous forest of Fever and Umdoni trees. It was originally started on land donated by Prof. and Mrs Coles, with the surrounding land being bought by the society to develop Umdoni Village into what it is today.

Situated in the small coastal town of Pennington, the village is 71km from Durban and 14km from Scottburgh. With its close proximity to Umdoni Park, the natural surroundings of the Umdoni Village are a wonderful feature. The entire property is immaculately maintained and has become the keen gardener’s paradise.

Umdoni Retirement Village, although not an Eco estate, has nearly 6 hectares of its 33 hectares retained as natural forest or wetland areas. Many indigenous trees have been left between cottages and much is being done to plant grasslands around the attenuation dam in the new section of the village. 124 different species of birds have been identified and various types of buck have been seen in the village.

Cottages and Flats

The Umdoni Retirement Village has 1 and 2 bedroom units as well as bed sitters. All cottages and flats in Umdoni Retirement Village are sold on the “Life Right” basis.  Residents are encouraged to develop gardens around their cottages. The Society employs a garden service to mow lawns and trim edges.

At the Village


On Site Shop

There is a little shop within the village that sells odds and ends, as well as a tuckshop


Panic Buttons

Residents are provided with “Panic” buttons for use in any kind of emergency. Help is immediate.


Church Services

Services conducted by various denominations are held in the Good Samaritan Chapel. The chapel is open 24 hours a day.  The church notice board has the times of services and other activities in the chapel.



Residents may arrange to have meals in the dining room at the tariff charged.



The library is affiliated to the Natal Provincial Library Service and is run and staffed by the Society. Many of the books in the library are purchased through funds made available for this purpose by the RAC, the Society, and from donations collected from users of the service.

Library hours are Monday to Friday 08:30 – 12:30 and 14:30 – 16:30


Linga Longa Coffee Shop

Situated adjacent to the hall in Umdoni Retirement Village, this provides a venue for friends to get together for a cuppa and to sample some of the wonderful variety of home baked goods (sweet and savoury) on sale at very reasonable prices.  Small gatherings such as birthday parties, are also catered for.
The Coffee Shop is open from 9:30am to 1:30pm regularly and extra hours for special occasions.  It is manned by teams of village resident volunteers.  Although mostly patronised by Umdoni residents, visitors are also very welcome.

Post Office

The post office is found in the administration building. The post office is open Monday to Friday 08:30 – 12:00 excluding Public Holidays. All normal post office transactions except savings accounts, money orders and posting of COD’s are done at the post office.


Village Bus

A weekly bus service takes residents into Scottburgh and back.

Contact Details

Fax: 039 312 5818

Tel: 039 975 9300

Old Main Rd, Pennington

Umdoni Retirement Village

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