Meet our caring assistant manager Zantel Van Wyk at Umdlalo Lodge. 

Step into the world of hospitality and meet the dedicated professional who embodies the essence of customer care and service excellence here at Umdlalo Lodge. 

Join us as we get to know the journey, insights, and dreams of Zantel Van Wyk, our very own Assistant General Manager! 

From waiter to Assistant General Manager, Zantel Van Wyk’s story is a testament to the power of dedication and hard work. Hailing from Johannesburg, Zantel found her heart’s home on the Hibiscus South Coast, where she spent a significant part of her life. Her journey in hospitality began as a waitress in Margate, where she laid the foundation for her future accomplishments. 

With unwavering determination, Zantel steadily climbed the ladder of success in the hospitality industry. Her experience spans across restaurants and guesthouses, each step contributing to her growth and expertise. Today, she proudly oversees management and event coordination at Umdlalo Lodge – roles that align seamlessly with her passion for customer care and service.  

Zantel Van Wyk


For Zantel, excellent customer care is more than a duty; it’s a way of life. She believes that exceptional service entails stepping into the customer’s shoes, empathising with their perspective, and addressing their concerns with the same care she would expect for herself. Her philosophy is simple yet profound: provide the kind of service you would wish to receive.  


Zantel’s dedication extends far beyond her professional life. As a devoted single mother of two wonderful daughters, her love for her family is the driving force behind her endeavours. She works tirelessly to create a better life for them and herself, making her aspirations deeply rooted in their happiness and well-being.  


Zantel’s enthusiasm for her work shines through every interaction and endeavour. Currently, her work is her passion, and she lives this through her commitment to making each guest’s experience at Umdlalo Lodge exceptional. Beyond her professional life, she treasures moments spent with her daughters, indulges in some retail therapy, and finds solace in the ocean’s embrace.  


Zantel’s vibrant and sociable nature makes her a true extrovert. She thrives in the company of people, a quality that undoubtedly enhances her ability to connect with guests and colleagues alike.  


When it comes to dining, Zantel’s favourite spot on the Hibiscus South Coast (other than Zizi’s Cafe ;)) is Just So Chinese, a local restaurant known for its delectable cuisine, including sushi. Her ideal night off involves creating a cosy haven in her living room, complete with a family bed, a movie, and cherished moments with her daughters.  


She’d choose to be a cat, an excellent choice. Just like a cat’s ability to relax and receive attention on its terms, Zantel appreciates the balance between tranquillity and companionship.  

Zantel Van Wyk’s journey in hospitality to Assistant General Manager is an inspiring narrative of dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to service excellence. Her perspective on customer care, coupled with her genuine love for her family and her work, sets her apart as a true hospitality professional. 

Zantel’s spirit and love for what she does remind us that caring is not just a part of her job—it’s an inherent part of who she is. 

We have no doubt you’ll be welcomed with a friendly smile by Zantel on your next visit to Umdlalo and experience the warmth behind Umdlalo Lodge’s outstanding hospitality. 

✨🏖️ Immerse yourself in the epitome of holiday relaxation, rest, and luxury at the newly renovated Umdlalo Luxury Lodge & Venue, situated just a few meters from the beach in the coastal suburb of Umtentweni on the breathtaking KZN South Coast!  

Discover an upmarket lodge and venue, boasting eight luxurious air-conditioned en-suite bedrooms and an ultra-romantic honeymoon suite that will sweep you off your feet! 💫💍❤️ 

✨🎉 Experience the flexibility of unique and bespoke venue hire services for day conferences, weddings, and private functions – all tailored to your desires.  

🥰 Immerse yourself in our newly opened on-site day spa and be transported into a world of tranquillity as you experience our array of blissful treatments designed to leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised. 🌺💖  

🌟 Join us at Zizi’s Café for Relaxation, Treats, and Fun! ☕🍻 Array of delights on the menu. Kids play in the garden with Danny, the playful doggo. Sports screening for game excitement! 🏉🏆

📶 We also provide FREE WIFI for our valued guests.  

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