Umhlanga is located on the east coast of South Africa in the Kwazulu Natal province, just north of the port city of Durban (16 km). It is a pleasant seaside resort with beautiful beaches and very good swimming possibilities. This has made Umhlanga one of the most popular beach destinations on the east coast. In Zulu, Umhlanga means “place of the reeds.” In addition to many restaurants, bars and shops, there are also many accommodations, from large hotels to small B&B’s.

The warm current of the Indian Ocean, the wonderful climate and the beautiful golden beaches that stretch over 200 km to the Isimangaliso Wetland park make for a formidable holiday destination. Although there is little reason to leave this cozy coastal town, there are plenty of trips possible in the area. You will find the largest shopping complex in Africa: Gateway Theater of Shopping in Umhlanga. Furthermore, the O’Connor promenade is a popular place for walking. This promenade stretches from Durban View to the Breakers at the start of the nature reserve. You pass the Umhlanga lighthouse and the beautiful pier. Along the way you can make a choice from various terraces and restaurants, where you can enjoy lunch or dinner. The promenade is also popular with joggers. The beach is also great for walking along. If you prefer to relax on the beach, you can rent sun beds and umbrellas.

As you head inland and pass the huge sugar cane plantations, you’ll reach the land of the Valley of 1000 Hills with its Inanda Dam and the mysterious hidden valleys of Zululand. Kwazulu Natal is also the province that has numerous game reserves and national parks. A day trip to the African wildlife is easy to fit into a perfect beach vacation!

Along the Umhlanga coast you can take a boat trip, surf, dive and swim safely. If you are more adventurous, make an airflip and view the coast and inland from the air. You can go on the ocean with a shark trip to learn more and see the world of sharks. If you want to find out more about the sea inhabitants on land, visit uShaka Marine World in Durban. Especially nice for families with children.

The migration of sardines, the so-called sardine run, takes place in this environment in June – July. The sardine run also ensures a busy visit of the dolphins. And whale watching is also possible here at this time of the year.

In the surroundings of Umhlanga you will also find various golf courses such as Ballito, Durban and Stanger.

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