Umhlanga is one of the most popular beach resort
destinations on the east coast of South Africa. The bathing is
safe and the warm Indian Ocean waters wash one of the most beautiful
coastlines in the world.
Situated just north of Durban with the golden sandy beaches that
stretch northwards for more than 200 kilometres, all the way to
the spectacular Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. Inland endless
fields of sugarcane give way to the tumbling area of the 1000
Umhalnga offers a variety of Accommodation Options - from selfcatering
apartments to 5-star luxury hotels.
Attractions & Activities:
The town's excellent swimming and bathing conditions make it a
popular destination even for Durban. Umhlanga's main beach is
one of the Zulu Kingdom's seven Blue Flag beaches.
Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve
A small, scenic reserve preserving coastal forest. The remains
of a Stone Age sea shell midden can be seen at the lagoon mouth.
The Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Trail is a delightful hour-and-a-half
trail on a well marked path. Wander through stunning coastal forest
on boardwalks that cross the Ohlange River on its way to the lagoon,
buttressed by dunes.
The Umhlanga Lighthouse was completed on November 24, 1954 and
has since become an area landmark. The circular concrete tower,
painted white with a red band at the top, stands 21m above the
beach and has a focal plane height of 25m. The fixed red light
enable a ship waiting to anchor in the outer anchorage to monitor
its position if the red light can be seen, it suggests the ships
anchors have probably dragged and is too close to shore.
The Sharks Board
Watch a spectatcular half hour audio-visual presentation, capturing,
the drama of the ocean and the energy of the Sharks Board staff
as they carry out their daily servicing of shark nets, or watch
a shark dissection. Visit the display hall and view a large variety
of lifelike replicas of sharks, fish and rays.
Originally a sheltered bathing area formed by two natural rock
outcrops, the area became the natural launching site for the first
ski boats off Umhlanga today it is used by local fishermen and
the Natal Sharks Board.
The Hawaan Forest
A unique indigenous woodland area that has remained in its natural
state for centuries, this beautiful forest is characterised by
many notable species of trees with tropical attributes. It supports
a surprising number of animals and a great wealth of birds.
O' Connor Promenade
This promenade stretches from Durban View Park in the south to
Breakers Resort in the north. Used by hundreds of people daily
with benches placed strategically to give uninterrupted views
of the sea and distance markers for keen joggers and walkers.
Gateway Theatre of Shopping
The impressive structure, situated alongside the N2 highway in
Umhlanga Rocks, houses a vast array of shops, cinemas and restaurants
plus a huge standing wave known as DRex, a mega skate park designed
by an international expert, the highest climbing wall imaginable
and a go-kart track, putt-putt course and a challenging 4x4 track.
Sibaya Casino is only 20 minutes drive away North of Umhlanga.
They offer gaming, live entertainment, conferencing, accommodation
and food. There is also a cultural village.
Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve
South of Umhlanga, this is a well-organized reserve on the banks
of the Umgeni River.
Various dive sites such as Fontao Wreck, T-Barge Wreck, Dolphin
Reef, Fame Wreck and Lighthouse Reef.
Umhlanga Tourism Information Centre is situated in Lighthouse
Mall, Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga.