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.
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