Umhlanga Travel Guide



Just north of Durban, Umhlanga is the gateway to the KZN North Coast. Renowned for its fabulous beaches and party atmosphere, it’s a great family holiday destination. Although they tend to get top billing, hyped up attractions like a casino and the Gateway, which is an enormous but rather fabulous mall, are the least of Umhlanga’s attractions. Although the Gateway has supermarkets, boutiques, movie theatres, restaurants and hundreds of other retail therapy outlets, it’s far from your average mall.

The Rock – a 22m-high freestanding climbing wall – is the highest on the planet, and a cooking wave machine has a hectic tube and the only artificial double point break in the world. A mini 4x4 course, complete with mini four-wheel drive vehicles, completes the adventure collection. And – for the more erudite – the MTN ScienCenter is an adventure of the mind – exploring the outer limits of human knowledge. This is shopping with a difference!

For a really interesting educational and entertaining outing, a visit to the Sharks Board is a real eye opener. Here you’ll learn that sharks are not mindless killers but you’ll also be reassured by the measures the Sharks Board takes to protect beach users from these rather maligned, but beautiful predators. But, more to the point, Umhlanga, which means “Place of Reeds” in the Zulu language, is a great beach and nature destination.

The lovely old lighthouse, which still flashes out its warning signal every night, stands proud up on the beach, which has been awarded a Blue Flag for cleanliness, environmental standards and facilities. The O’Conner Promenade, which is a great place for a beach-front jog or leisurely stroll, leads on to the lovely Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve Nature Trail – a one-and-a-half-hour ramble through coastal forest, where you may see lots of birds, some vervet monkeys, and even the odd antelope. Other nearby nature destinations include the Hawaan Forest and Umhlanga Ponds, which are a magnet for water-fowl, and hence also a magnet for keen birders.

Umhlanga, like the rest of the North Coast, is very well endowed with hotels, guest houses, shops and restaurants.

In and Around

Accommodation near Umhlanga

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R1300
1 night, 2 adults

47 The Shades

Sleeps 2 Umhlanga Self-catering in Umhlanga

Situated in Umhlanga, this self-catering apartment is located only a minute's walk to Umhlanga beach...

from R1000
1 night, 2 adults

Lapa Lighthouse B&B

Sleeps 6 Umhlanga Ridge Self-catering in Umhlanga Ridge

Arriving at Lapa Lighthouse B&B in Umhlanga Ridge, you will find upmarket accommodation with a luxur...

from R1200
1 night, 2 adults

La Loggia Bed and Breakfast

Sleeps 28 Herrwood Park Self-catering in Herrwood Park

Welcome to La Loggia Bed and Breakfast, where we offer the warm atmosphere of home with the style, c...

from R1199
1 night, 2 adults

Southern Anchorage Holiday Apartments-Umhlanga

Sleeps 4 Umhlanga Ridge Self-catering in Umhlanga Ridge

Situated in the handsome Aldro Vande Palace, the Nalanda apartment offers every shopaholic direct ac...

from R1300
1 night, 2 adults

Ellingham Annexe

Sleeps 2 La Lucia Self-catering in La Lucia

Ellingham Annexe is an exclusive, self-catering cottage located in the beautiful suburb of La Lucia,...

from R2600
1 night, 2 adults

Luxurious Umhlanga Apartment

Sleeps 4 Umhlanga Rocks Self-catering in Umhlanga Rocks

This is a beautiful self-catering holiday apartment set on two floors, situated in Umhlanga. The co...

from R980
1 night, 2 adults

Bumblebees B&B

Sleeps 11 La Lucia Self-catering in La Lucia

Nestled between Umhlanga and Durban North in the lush green suburb of La Lucia, Bumblebees has every...

from R4500
1 night, 2 adults

Gateway Palm Boulevard

Sleeps 7 Umhlanga Ridge Self-catering in Umhlanga Ridge

Gateway Palm Boulevard is a luxurious apartment situated in a prime position, directly across Gatewa...

306 One on Herrwood
from R1750
1 night, 2 adults

306 One on Herrwood

Sleeps 4 Umhlanga Rocks Self-catering in Umhlanga Rocks

306 One on Herrwood is a luxury up-market apartment situated in the heart of Umhlanga. It is the ide...

from R1500
1 night, 2 adults

Burnham House

Sleeps 15 La Lucia Self-catering in La Lucia

Burnham House is positioned over the warm Indian Ocean in the sub-tropical town of Umhlanga on the K...

Umhlanga Beachfront