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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.
Social distancing – now there’s an oxymoron for our times. But If you happen to be on the FunShine Coast and need to be far from the madding crowd and want a pleasant, airy place for a light meal, then try the Hingham Nursery Tea Garden. We asked our waitress Sharon Makope, a cheerful young woman…
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It looms large on the promenade and it’s at the heart of the local tourism association’s logo, so it’s pleasing that the Umhlanga Rocks Lighthouse is getting a lick of paint. Or to be more precise, an estimated 395 litres of the stuff. The interior, exterior and lantern house are being repainted at a cost of…