Umhlali, Dolphin Coast
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The quaint little sugar farming village of Umhlali is found on the banks of the river of the same name, where in times gone by settlers and locals would sit a while before venturing across - hence it’s name which means ‘the place of waiting’.
Umhlali lies just inland from Salt Rock and Sheffield Beach, some 50 kilometres from Durban and neighbours on trendy Ballito Bay. Umhlali’s name is derived from the Monkey Orange tree - a small semi-deciduous tree that grows up to six metres in height, the fruit of which is a firm favourite with baboons - that is prolific along the banks of the Umhlali River. The town with its beautiful buildings and distinctly colonial atmosphere provides every reason for a visit, not least for its museum, which houses an old locomotive used to carry sugar cane to the local mill.
The sugar mill offers tours that include first-hand experience of the crushing of sugar cane and a variety of shops easily afford a morning’s worth of browsing. Umhlali’s golf course at the Umhlali country club, with sweeping fairways, exotic palm trees and seven water holes that attract antelope and zebra, gives new definition to the art of golf; and the internationally designed golf course at Zimbali provides further playing pleasure for those who avidly pursue the sport.
Other attractions include horse riding at the Horse Valley Stable Yard in Ballito, Flag Animal Farm at Salt Rock and the glorious beaches of the coast.
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"We found that there wasn't a huge "tourist" vibe in Umhlali, but it was sweet and appealing in its own way. ..." - Julia, Scarborough
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Dolphin Coast offers visitors a combination of modern facilities at it's sun drenched seaside resorts in a lush, subtropical environment. The Dolphin Coast shoreline is an exciting blend of golden beaches and rock pools for safe bathing, surfing and scuba diving, rock and skiboat fishing, or just relaxing on the ... more information
Neighbouring on Ballito Bay, only 15 minutes North of Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlali, just 20 minutes drive north of Durban is a scenic undulating course in a tropical garden setting. Although not a very long course, the holes at Umhlali Golf Course are cleverly designed and varied, providing a fair golfing test ... more information
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