Umhlanga Rocks

Accommodation in Umhlanga Rocks, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa,

A Guide to Accommodation, Activities, Restaurants & Businesses in Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa


Situated on the east coast of South Africa just north of the vibrant Durban city is one of the greatest coastlines in the world. People from around the world flock to the holiday resort village of Umhlanga to relax and have fun.  Umhlanga is perfectly positioned for any part of a coastal journey.  It is just a ten-minute drive on the N2 (southbound) from King Shaka Airport and situated on the northern beaches of KwaZulu-Natal​.

Umhlanga's first beach cottage was built in 1869 on a rocky site overlooking the sea.  The reflective roof of the cottage was used as a beacon by passing ships to navigate safely around Umhlanga's rocky coastline.  In the 1930s the cottage was transformed into the Oyster Box Hotel.  Finally a distinctive red and white lighthouse was erected in 1953.  Since the 1920's Umhlanga has been the preferred area for locals to visit during their holidays. 

There is a large variety of places to stay in and around this area from the many hotels, self-catering units, guest houses, bed and breakfasts and lodges - to suit any taste and budget.  Read more about staying in Umhlanga Rocks and other interesting reads in our article section.

Umhlanga offers some of the best South African tour operators, an abundance of entertainment, restaurants and nature trails.  Some attractions that Umhlanga Rocks has to offer is the impressive Gateway Shopping Centre and the Sibaya Casino.

Surfing, deep-sea fishing, whale watching and dolphin viewing, scuba diving, kite boarding and micro light flips are just some of the many activities offered on this wonderful stretch of coastline. For the golf enthusiasts there are many fabulous golf courses all within a 15 minute drive of Umhlanga.   An amazing variety of tropical fish and coral reefs are found along the Umhlanga coastline, making it an ideal place for scuba diving and snorkelling.  To get a full list of all the exciting activities on offer, be sure to view the activity list.

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Solo traveler's bucket list for Umhlanga: Top 10 attractions and activities

  • Beach Bliss: Start your journey by soaking up the sun on Umhlanga's renowned beaches. From the vibrant Umhlanga Main Beach to the secluded Umhlanga Rocks Beach, indulge in a day of relaxation by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean.


  • Umhlanga Lighthouse: Marvel at the iconic red and white striped Umhlanga Lighthouse, a historic landmark that has stood sentinel over the coastline since 1954. Capture stunning views of the ocean and coastline from this picturesque vantage point.


  • Nature Trails: Embark on a solo trek along the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve's scenic trails. Explore lush indigenous vegetation, spot diverse birdlife, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of this coastal gem.


  • Dolphin and Whale Watching: Join a boat tour and witness the majesty of dolphins frolicking in the waves or catch a glimpse of magnificent whales during their migration season. This unforgettable experience promises moments of awe and wonder.


  • Gateway Theatre of Shopping: Indulge in retail therapy at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, one of Africa's largest malls. Browse through an array of shops, dine at world-class restaurants, or catch a movie for a relaxing evening.


  • Cultural Encounters: Immerse yourself in the rich Zulu culture with a visit to the nearby village of Shakaland. Engage in traditional dance, taste authentic cuisine, and gain insight into the customs and traditions of the Zulu people.


  • Adventure Activities: For the thrill-seekers, Umhlanga offers a plethora of adventure activities. From surfing and paddleboarding to microlight flights over the coastline, satisfy your adrenaline cravings against the backdrop of breathtaking scenery.


  • Sunset Picnic: Pack a picnic basket and head to one of Umhlanga's scenic viewpoints to witness a mesmerizing sunset over the ocean. Whether atop a cliff or on the beach, savor this tranquil moment in solitude.


  • Spa Retreat: Treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa experience at one of Umhlanga's luxurious wellness retreats. Unwind with a massage, indulge in a beauty treatment, and pamper yourself amidst serene surroundings.


  • Culinary Delights: Savor the flavors of Umhlanga with a culinary journey through its vibrant food scene. From fresh seafood to traditional Zulu dishes, tantalize your taste buds with an array of delectable offerings.



Umhlanga Rocks



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