|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 Hills.
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
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.