Sandton by the Sea
Umhlanga is a charming, trendy resort town on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal just north of Durban city. A holiday destination of choice for many and an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city for its residents, Umhlanga has fast grown into a popular place to settle for many South Africans.
Visitors flock to this coastal village to both relax and to have fun on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. The wide sandy beaches are lined with exclusive hotels and apartment blocks, the beaches scattered with umbrellas and bathers enjoying the sunshine. Umhlanga is a playground for all ages and interests offering not only exciting outdoor adventures, but also casinos, restaurants, cultural activities and fabulous shopping at one of the biggest shopping malls in the country.
Umhlanga faces the warm waters of the Indian Ocean with temperatures seldom dropping below 19˚C in winter, it is the perfect holiday destination in any season. The golden beaches stretch for over 200 kilometres, an endless honeymoon walkway! Beaches here are perfect for surfing, dolphin and whale watching, diving, snorkelling, fishing, kite surfing, and Main Beach hosts an exciting Summer Festival annually during the December holidays.
The residential aspect of Umhlanga has grown incredibly. Boomed off communities and luxury estates are scattered across the town, in particular Umhlanga Ridge, which in the past was largely sugarcane, but now a much sought-after retail, office and residential area no doubt due mostly to its incredible views over the Indian Ocean.
Umhlanga offers an impressive variety of accommodation including clusters of large, luxury hotels and self-catering apartments, B&B’s, Guesthouses as well as caravan parks, camping, boarding houses and bungalows.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Hawaan Forest
- Inanda Heritage Trail
- KZN Science Centre
- Umhlanga Lighthouse
- Umhlanga Main Beach
- La Lucia Beach
- Umdloti Beach
- Crocodile Creek
- Umgeni River Bird Park
- Umhlanga Farmers Market
- Wonder Market
- Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve
- Umhlanga Lagoon Hiking Trail
- Umhlanga Ponds
- Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom
- Gateway Shopping Mall
- Mount Edgecombe Golf Course One & Two
- Zimbali Golf Course
Umhlanga receives approximately 762 mm of rain annually with the majority of its’ rainfall occurring during the summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 19˚C and 29˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 10˚C and 21˚C.
Umhlanga derives its name from the Zulu language and means "place of reeds", referring to the beds of reeds growing along the Ohlanga River north of Umhlanga Rocks.
Alfred Campbell built a beach cottage, The Oyster Lodge, in 1863 before the town had even been founded. It was his father, Sir Marshall Campbell who officially founded he town in 1895 and the site of his son’s Lodge is now the site of the Luxury Oyster Box Hotel. The roof of the Oyster Lodge was painted white and served as a navigational beacon, just as the Umhlanga Lighthouse, erected in 1955, does today.
It didn’t take long before there were more cottages being built and a well was soon sunk to supply water, the well still exists today in the park opposite the Malindi Apartment Building on Marine Drive. The first Hotel was The Victoria Hotel, built in 1923, which hosted many famous guests including George Bernard Shaw in 1935. The Victoria Hotel became the Umhlanga Rocks Hotel after additions and improvements over the years.
Umhlanga continues to grow in popularity as more and more businesses and people move away from the busy city to more luxurious homes and offices – Umhlanga is becoming known as the “Sandton by the Sea”.
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The name Umhlanga comes from the small Mhlanga ('reedy') River which reaches the sea 3 kilometers north of the resort. In 1972 the municipality of Umhlanga was established with the amalgamation of the resort of Umhlanga Rocks and the residential…More
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