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.


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Umhlanga Rocks Umhlanga Rocks
Suburb of Umhlanga

One of Tht Best destinations KZN has to offer
THE BEST part of the KZN North Coast!!! I have been visiting Umhlanga Rocks since i was 5 yrs old; and i still LOVE this gem of a town!!!
Nyasha Kavhumbura
Swaziland

Umhlanga Rocks Umhlanga Rocks
Suburb of Umhlanga

Debra Ally
We love Umhlanga Rocks because of its close proximity to all the other points of interest in and around Durban and it is no too congested.
debra ally
South Africa

Umhlanga Rocks Umhlanga Rocks
Suburb of Umhlanga

Umhlanga Rocks experience
Umhlanga Rocks is beautiful, classy and a very nice place to visit. I went with my husband and it was a very convenient place to be beacuse it was close to the mall and not very far from the city centre as well. I forgot to mention the beach: it was at the tip of our noses. We had a great time and we can't wait to take our kids back with us.
Sanah Netshivhambe
South Africa

Umhlanga Rocks Umhlanga Rocks
Suburb of Umhlanga

Umhlanga Dream Holiday Destination
We as a family of five has made it a tradition to at least go to Umhlanga twice a year there is everything you can imagine from the lovely seaside strolls along the promenade up to the forest. Deep sea fishing adventure and the Sharks board. Everywhere is shops with everything from gifts to food you can never get bored. The nightlife is very exciting with lots of restaurants and bars some with live entertainment. So convenient to get there only 15 minutes from the airport.
Lucinda Roetz
South Africa

Umhlanga Rocks Umhlanga Rocks
Suburb of Umhlanga

Wonderful
I love Umhlanga Rocks as a destination because other than lazing or going for a walk on the beach there are so many wonderful little shops and restaurants to visit
Adel Wright
South Africa

La Lucia La Lucia
Suburb of Umhlanga

Tranquil but central
La Lucia is very conveniently situated, yet offers tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds.The beach is nearby, there is a choice of restaurants and shops to visit and it is only a few minutes drive from main centres of Umhlanga and Durban.The ideal place to holiday or relax after a hard day of business. Several internationally acclaimed golf courses surround La Lucia.
Carol Carter
South Africa

Umhlanga Rocks Umhlanga Rocks
Suburb of Umhlanga

Gods piece of heaven "Umhlanga"
Umhlanga offers something for everyone. With magnificent beaches, hospitable pubs, exciting clubs and excellent restaurants and a state of the art hospital, Umhlanga is a prime holiday destination. It also has a stylish business centre. Golfers are also spoilt for choice with over 8 championship golf courses within a 5 km radius. Gateway Theatre of Shopping, the biggest mall in the southern hemisphere, it offers shoppers everything they could want, while it’s Barnyard Theatre is another popular draw card.
Nick Stampfl
South Africa

Umhlanga Rocks Umhlanga Rocks
Suburb of Umhlanga

Umhlanga really rock
Umhlanga is one of the best holiday destination for me. The malls are amazing (Gateway), the sites and recreation centres and of course the beach was magnificent. I also loved Moses Mabhida Stadium and the view from it.
sheila molete
South Africa

Umhlanga Rocks Umhlanga Rocks
Suburb of Umhlanga

H. Preschel enjoyed the area.
Umhlanga Rocks has a phantastic promenade, which at all times appeared immacutely clean and well-groomed. The area is quite, appears safe and provides for excellent dwelling, walking and dining. Will visit the area anytime again and can highly recommend.
Harald Preschel
Namibia

Umhlanga Rocks Umhlanga Rocks
Suburb of Umhlanga

Amazing!
Despite the accommodation, Umhlanga is such an amazing place! We loved the energy, the vibe, the night life - everything about the place was just breath-taking.Traffic in the evenings is a bit of a mission, but other than that, I would highly recommend Umhlanga to friends and family.
Jeremiah Abel
South Africa

Umhlanga Ridge Umhlanga Ridge
Suburb of Umhlanga

Breathtaking
Umhlanga Ridge encompasses everything you could ask for in the perfect vacation; whether you're travelling for business, alone for some downtime or with the family... Umhlanga Ridge has everything you could and would need while on vacation or business. It is at the heart of KZN and central to most of the provinces main attractions and gives you the perfect balance that you've been looking for.
Shoana Padayachee
South Africa

Umhlanga Ridge Umhlanga Ridge
Suburb of Umhlanga

Umhlanga Ridge
Umhlanga Ridge is the place to be-where else? It's clean & safe and believe it or not "quiet" It has charisma like no other area and its magic can be felt every time a guests arrives and say's "Wow, this is really nice". I love "nice" I actually love "nice"!!!Liandé EngelbrechtLapa Lighthouse B&B
Liande Engelbrecht
South Africa


Umhlanga
Umhlanga is a sought after premier tourist and business destination on the North Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal just 20 minutes north of Durban. It is also situated just 15 minutes from the new King Shaka International airport. Umhlanga offers so much for the tourist and business man as it has the delightful village of Umhlanga and the Gateway Theatre of shopping. The business parks are situated on the hill overlooking the ocean. Umhlanga offers quick and easy access to Durban to visit the Stadium for rugby, Durban Exhibition Centre,ICC, (International Convention Centre), Kingsmead cricket ground...
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Helen Evans
South Africa


Umhlanga the beach place to be
Umhlanga Rocks - if you can be here, why would you want to be anywhere else? The beautiful seashore line, you can just drive down Umlanga rocks drive to see the beautiful birdseye view from the Ridge. Gateway shopping is a must, as you WILL find everything you need in one place. Now featuring the view to the Mabida stadium on a clear day.
Liande Engelbrecht
South Africa


Awesome
Umhlanga is an awesome place, I love it and wish I could afford to move from Pretoria and buy a place close to the beach and amenities. My retirement dream. PS, Love the pubs.
Jane Petre
South Africa


Love the area
We love Umhlanga. One of the two best walks next to the sea in South Africa.
Rene Joubert
South Africa


Great place
Umhlanga is a great place to go to for a holiday - there is a great vibe. Gateway Shopping Centre is ideal for all your shopping needs. The beaches are great and the town is always on a hype with everyone just enjoying themselves.
Byron Badenhorst
South Africa

La Lucia La Lucia
Suburb of Umhlanga

Fantastic beach
The beach is fantastic and there are not many people, but it is close enough to Umhlanga for when you are looking for a more vibrant time.
Debbie Pryer
South Africa


Umhlanga Rocks rocks!
This is my favorite destination in Durban. There is so much to do in Umhlanga. The promenade is great for walks and there are plenty of restaurants to pop in to for a lunch while overlooking the ocean. The streets are clean and it's a great setup with everything within walking distance.
Lee Beier
South Africa


Holiday Umhlanga
Very nice village plenty of Restaurants some good some bad. But nice area to walk around and some nice shops.
irene hanton
Republic of Ireland