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Enjoy a laid-back family holiday along Umhlanga’s gorgeous stretch of coastline
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Hotels & Resorts
Why stay in Umhlanga? Well, firstly, Umhlanga is perfectly situated on the east coast of South Africa just north of the vibrant port city of Durban. It's only ten minutes south of King Shaka International Airport. It faces the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and has the best South African accommodation, with superb self-catering apartments, luxury hotels, lodges and B&Bs. Its beautiful coastline attracts visitors from around the world.
Stroll into central Umhlanga and experience a village vibe and fine dining
In addition to accommodation, Umhlanga has a plethora of restaurants. In this vibey coastal town you will experience a unique blend of cultures from east to west, with the pulse of Africa at its heart. Mediterranean-style restaurants rub shoulders with Asian, Middle Eastern and exotic African restaurants, many of which include a panoramic view over the ocean.
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Things to do in Umhlanga
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Thirdly, an Umhlanga holiday offers plenty to do. Ocean enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers will be in their element. Surfing, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, kiteboarding and microlight flips are all available. Shopping Centres, like Gateway, the best South African tour operators, nature trails, nearby golf courses and Sibaya Casino, are just some of the key attractions Umhlanga has to offer.
Appreciate nature in the unique Hawaan Forest & Lagoon Nature Reserves
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While enjoying the outdoors you can also explore a heritage trail, or take to the forests and revel in nature that is aeons old.
‘Umhlanga’ is Zulu and means ‘place of the reeds’. It is so named because of the profusion of reeds on the banks of the Ohlange River that flows just north of Umhlanga. The area was part of an ancient coastal dune forest system which today still provides sanctuary for small wildlife.
Plan some high-end shopping or book a cultural or historical tour inland.
After enjoying Umhlanga itself why not use the town as a base to discover treasures further away? From Umhlanga golden sandy beaches stretch northwards for more than 200 kilometres, all the way to the spectacular Isimangaliso Wetland Park, a world heritage site. Inland from Umhlanga, endless fields of sugarcane give way to the undulating landscape of the Valley of 1000 Hills, Hazelmere Dam, the mystical hidden valleys of Zululand and the spectacular Drakensberg.
And lastly, certain times of year in Umhlanga offer additional fun. The Umhlanga Summer Festivals, Easter Festivals and Winter Festivals have been staged in their present form since 2005. They take place annually at Main Beach during the popular holiday seasons when thousands of visitors flock to Umhlanga Rocks.
Festivities have included beach games and entertainment, beauty pageants, charity Carols evenings, trail runs, fun runs, water sport contests and street parades.
Exceptional architecture and award winning engineering work have helped make Umhlanga’s whale-bone pier a favourite.
Every once in a while someone comes along and builds something that not only serves its purpose well, but looks spectacular into the bargain. For an example of just such a happy union of style and substance, consider the Umhlanga Stormwater Outfall Pier. The eThekwini municipality commissioned the whale-bone pier (as it’s more popularly and romantically…
In the last blog in this series, we followed the trail atop the dune at the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve. From the end of the dune, some 200 metres distant, lies the Ohlanga River mouth. It happened to be open to the sea. But often a sandbank closes it. It’s a mostly natural process (artificial…