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Umhlanga Popular Attractions

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KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board in Prestondale

KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board

Popular Attraction in Prestondale

An integral part of protecting the vibrant tourism industry, the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board has been protecting popular KZN beaches from shark incidents for over 40 years. KZNSB boats launch each morning to patrol the coast and clear the shark safety gear of any catches. At least once a month each net is rotated ensuring that every net in the installation is removed and repaired before being placed back in the water. Marine growth as well as wear and tear can cause damage to the nets and it is only through the regular maintenance of equipment that an efficient and cost-effective service can be delivered to the local authorities. The public are given a unique opportunity of being able to view firsthand the servicing of the nets off Durban’s Golden Mile from the KZNSB Tour Boat. These two hour trips leave Wilson’s Wharf at 06:30. After witnessing the meshing operations, there is the chance of opportunistic viewing of wildlife including seabirds. Trips are weather and sea conditions permitting. Bookings are essential – call 082 403 9206. Cost – R250 per person (as at August 2010). The boat trip can be followed up by an excursion to the KZNSB Headquarters in Umhlanga at 1a Herrwood Drive. An audio-visual presentation is followed by a fascinating shark dissection on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 09:00 and 14:00. Sunday afternoon dissections take place at 14:00. Cost – adults R35, children or pensioners R20 (as at August 2010). +27 (0) 31 566 0400 Tips for your safety at the beach from KZNSB: Swim at protected beaches Obey the lifeguards on duty Avoid swimming in dirty water (river in flood) Avoid swimming at night (between dusk and dawn) Avoid swimming alone Remember: Alcohol and seawater make a lethal cocktail – to be avoided at all times.

Ocean Blue Scuba in Umhlanga Rocks

Ocean Blue Scuba

Popular Attraction in Umhlanga Rocks

Ocean Blue Scuba is an authorized PADI Dive Centre based in Umhlanga Rocks. All levels of divers are catered for, whether it is on a reef, a wreck, and deep or shallow, boat or shore entry. Courses are available from Open Water Diver through to Dive Masters. If you're short on time, join them for a Discover Scuba Diving experience in uShaka Marine World's Tropical Reef Tank. Certified divers or anyone looking to do a refresher can also do some diving in the aquarium tanks.

Umhlanga Lighthouse in Umhlanga Rocks

Umhlanga Lighthouse

Popular Attraction in Umhlanga Rocks

Visit a lighthouse on the Sugar Coast that once caused an un-nautical stir – draped in a condom! The landlubber nonsense on Umhlanga's beach was all for a noble cause and brought a massive HIV-Aids awareness message on World Aids Day. The red and white 21-metre tall lighthouse was draped in fabric to resemble a giant condom and inscribed with the message 'Know your status'. So what was the reason behind this controversial transformation? Iain Buchan from the Unlimited Child, an NGO working in the Valley of 1000 Hills, says they wanted to highlight the plight of Aids orphans. “The feedback I've had so far from some of our people here has just been fantastic. We're getting people sending us SMSes, blogging, just saying it's incredible, the response and the awareness. And that's really what putting this condom on the lighthouse has done. It's kind of shaken people's awareness to say, 'ok this is different, and how can we get involved?'." Now it’s business as usual for the Umhlanga Lighthouse, beaming out nightly signals visible to vessels as far as 24 nautical miles away. The fixed red light enables ships waiting to anchor in the outer anchorage to monitor their position. You will find this landmark near the end of Lighthouse Road in Umhlanga.

Popular Attractions near Umhlanga

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Big Rush Big Swing in Stamford Hill

Big Rush Big Swing

Popular Attraction in Stamford Hill(12.9 km from Umhlanga)

Leap off the top of the Moses Mabhida Stadium for the most exhilarating ride of your life. The ‘Big Rush Big Swing’ is the only stadium swing and the largest swing of any kind on the planet. Step into the void 106 meters above the stadium field and swing out under the famous arch. Ultra-friendly and qualified guides give ample instruction and assistance. All equipment is provided. +27 (0) 31 312 9435 www.bigrush.co.za

Ballito Indoor Market in Ballito

Ballito Indoor Market

Popular Attraction in Ballito(26 km from Umhlanga)

Ballito Indoor Market is situated next to Game Stores on the lower level. The market operates every Saturday & Sunday including Public holidays. We are open from 09:00 am - 4:00 pm. Our market offers a variety of products & services such as arts and crafts. Bring your whole family along and make it a day of shopping and entertainment for kids.

1000 Hills Arts and Crafts Village in Bothas Hill

1000 Hills Arts and Crafts Village

Popular Attraction in Bothas Hill(38.9 km from Umhlanga)

The 1000 Hills Arts & Crafts Village is situated in the popular and incredibly scenic Valley of 1000 Hills. The Village offers restaurants with breathtaking views, a spa; children’s play area, animal farmyard, lovely little shops, a pub and more. It’s quite easy to spend the entire day here.

 

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