Umhlanga Travel Guide

 

Description

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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Accommodation near Umhlanga

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

227 Breakers Resort
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from R950
1 night, 2 adults

227 Breakers Resort

Sleeps 6 Umhlanga Rocks Self-catering in Umhlanga Rocks

227 Breakers Resort is a privately owned self-catering apartment situated in a secure resort in Umhl...

from R3000
1 night, 2 adults

Number 25 On Oyster

Sleeps 10 Umhlanga Self-catering in Umhlanga

Number 25 On Oyster is a recently renovated and beautifully decorated holiday home, situated in the ...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Paul's Guest House

Sleeps 8 Umhlanga Self-catering in Umhlanga

Paul's Guest House offers one three-bedroom unit and one one-bedroom flat situated in the heart of U...

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

Zenith Apartments - La Loggia

Sleeps 8 Umhlanga Ridge Self-catering in Umhlanga Ridge

Your host, Ingrid Gelman, would like to welcome you to Zenith Apartments in La Loggia. These two apa...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Kites View Bed and Breakfast

Sleeps 10 La Lucia Bed and Breakfast in La Lucia

Kites View Bed and Breakfast is situated on one of the higher crests of KwaZulu-Natal’s premier holi...

from R570
1 night, 2 adults

Road Lodge Umhlanga Ridge

Sleeps 312 Umhlanga Ridge Hotel in Umhlanga Ridge

Road Lodge Umhlanga Ridge awaits you. Part of the City Lodge Hotels group, Road Lodge is the biggest...

from R1400
1 night, 2 adults

10 Ipanema Beach

Sleeps 4 Umhlanga Self-catering in Umhlanga

Located on the eastern coast of South Africa, lies the beautiful and popular coastal town of Umhlang...

from R1000
1 night, 2 adults

Valdior

Sleeps 12 Umhlanga Rocks Guest House in Umhlanga Rocks

This exclusive guest house with sweeping sea views of the Indian Ocean is set in the heart of Umhlan...

Umhlanga Beachfront

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