KwaZulu Natal Tourist AttractionsThe Umhlanga Coast
Only a short drive from Durban, the Umhlanga Coastline begins more or less at the landmark lighthouse that dominates Umhlanga’s beach.
From here, the long, sandy beaches are a cosmopolitan collection of white hotel buildings and blocks of timeshare apartments that easily signify the lifestyle sought by many on this incredible stretch of coast, that is at once a tourist mecca and a seaside village that has refused to lose its small town appeal.
Umhlanga, La Lucia, Mount Edgecombe and Umdloti all nestle alongside one another in a string of first rate beaches and suburbs that not only include a beach of blue flag status, but are collectively some of the most popular beach resort destinations on the east coast of South Africa.
It isn’t hard to imagine why, given the warm Indian Ocean waters, the rocky lined beaches that allow for plenty of seaside paddling and shell searching, and attractions like O’Connor promenade - a walkway that stretches from Durban View Park to Breakers Resort - that is constantly used by an array of walkers, joggers and amblers.
The Umhlanga Coastline is also host to numerous pubs, restaurants, shopping centres and a ‘happening’ nightlife that only enhances the appealing coastline already popular with scuba divers, snorkelling fanatics and surfers. Within a very small area there are action-packed attractions that include the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve where the remains of a shell midden from the Stone Age is in evidence at the mouth of the lagoon; the Hawaan Forest - a beautiful indigenous woodland that has been allowed to maintain its natural state for centuries; the Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve, and various dive sites.
Popular Towns in the Umhlanga Coast
Overnight? Accommodation in La Lucia
La Lucia's main attraction in is its beautiful rural surroundings and immediate proximity to the major centres of the North Coast and Durban proper. As quiet and peaceful as La Lucia is, it is home to a number of amenities, features and activities...
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Stay? Accommodation Mount Edgecombe
The Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve lies just next to Yellowwood Park in Durban, an extension of the D'Moss green lung in the south western parts of Yellowwood Park. The 253 hectare Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve is regarded as one of...
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Stay? Accommodation Mount Moreland
Just 30 kilometres north of Durban, the capital city of KwaZulu-Natal and a bustling urban epicentre, is the little community of Mount Moreland. However, while small and nestled away in a conservation area, this part of the world is known...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Sunningdale
Sunningdale, neighbour to La Lucia, Glen Anil and Somerset Park, lies in Umhlanga just north of Durban on the Indian Ocean, nestled on the west side of Umhlanga Rocks Drive. This part of Durban is where everyone wants to live. Close to shopping...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Umdloti
Umdloti is the ideal place to unwind and enjoy the sunshine, beaches, rock pools and sea. There are a number of activities for the more energetic - the inshore reefs provide plentiful excitement for anglers, (surf, rock and ski boat) and for divers...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Umhlanga
Hard to believe that Umhlanga, the buzzing residential, commercial and resort suburb just outside of Durban, was once a seaside resort town called Umhlanga Rocks. During the early seventies it merged with La Lucia to become what it is today...
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Stay? Accommodation in Umhlanga Ridge
Umhlanga Ridge is just that - a ridge of land that sits at the top of Umhlanga Rocks Drive with to-die-for views out over the Indian Ocean. Quite a few corporations have their head offices here - Rand Merchant Bank, Unilever, Liberty Life...
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Stay? Accommodation Umhlanga Rocks
Central to the Umhlanga coastline region is the holiday village of Umhlanga Rocks which was originally part of the sugar estate of Sir Marshall Campbell. From being a small, quiet village, it has now expanded into a thriving area that offers all...
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