Focus on Umhlanga Rocks, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
The area used to be part of a coastal dune forest system many years ago and provided sanctuary to a multitude of bird and wildlife species of which many can still be found in bird, marine, and wildlife preserves in and around the area today. In 1869 the "Oyster Lodge" was built on a site overlooking the Indian ocean and over the years this site has become one of Umhlanga's biggest landmarks.
Today it is known as the "Oyster Box" and still remain one of the prime hotels in Umhlanga. In 1920 Umhlanga was divided into plots and three years later, in 1923, the Victoria Hotel was erected by Irishman Marcus McCausland. Later known as the Umhlanga Rocks hotel, it was sadly demolished in 2004.
Probably the most famous landmark in Umhlanga, the Umhlanga Lighthouse, was completed on the 24th of November 1954. At night it beams it's light from a 25 meter vantage point as a warning to ships that venture too close to shore.
From it's humble beginnings, Umhlanga has now become one of the prime holiday destinations in the country and feature some of the best Hotels, Resorts, and Timeshare complexes to be found anywhere on the African continent. Every year millions of tourists and South Africans embark on a mini exodus from all over the country to come and relax on some of the best beaches to be found anywhere and with close to 300 days of sunshine per year and with Shark nets maintained by the Sharks Board it is not surprising why.
Umhlanga is also blessed in that it is close enough to the City of Durban, some 20Km to the south, to have access to the consumer variety and convenience of a big city, whilst still being far enough from the city to have a uniquely rustic "Village" atmosphere.
Umhlanga is dotted with numerous roadside café's, coffee shops, 24hour Take-Away's, Pub's, shops, convenience stores and restaurants, all within walking distance of the Umhlanga "Village" situated around the Hillcon and Granada Centers.
As far as the availability of everyday necessities goes, visitors need look no further than these centers, the countless little markets all over the place, and the various Malls in the surrounding areas. Umhlanga also has it's own Police unit, the Umhlanga Protection Services, as well as a Post Office, Library, Tourist Information Center, and even it's own Newspaper, The Umhlanga Globe.
Boats can be launched from the Ski Boat Club and numerous Deep Sea Fishing Trips, Scuba Diving Trips and Day Trips are available for individuals or groups. If this is not enough for the demanding visitor there are also chartered flights available from Virginia Airport ,as well as Micro-light flights over the Coastline.
For the less adventurous there's also many options to choose from. Umhlanga has a Promenade that stretches all the way from the Breakers Resort on the Northern edge of Umhlanga, down to the last of the hotels to the South. This "Beach Walk" is accessible from virtually every beach-front complex and winds it's way past numerous entertainment centers, sites, coffee shops and beachfront restaurant in a well lit and safe environment patrolled by police personnel on Mountain Bikes. Well trained professional life guards are also stationed at all the swimming beaches along the Umhlanga Coastline.
Article from: www.umhlangaonline.com/