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Umhlanga Coast, KwaZulu Natal

Umhlanga Coast, Durban
Umhlanga Coast, Durban

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.

Umhlanga Coastline
Umhlanga Coastline
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.

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Holiday Accommodation in Umhlanga Coast

For accommodation in Umhlanga Coast see:
La Lucia accommodationMount Edgecombe accommodation
Umdloti accommodationUmhlanga accommodationUmhlanga Rocks accommodation

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Destinations / Towns & Suburbs of Umhlanga Coast

La Lucia

Where to Stay: Accommodation in La Lucia

The quaint town of La Lucia is situated on the beautiful Umhlanga coastline near the suburb of Umhlanga Rocks, just a short drive from the hustle bustle and excitement of the Umhlanga Coast. La Lucia's main ... La Lucia information

Mount Edgecombe

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Mount Edgecombe

Situated 3 kms from Umhlanga, 15 kms from Durban and 35 kms from Durban International Airport in KwaZulu Natal, your next golfing challenge is closer than you think. Tucked away in the rolling hills of KwaZulu Natal, ... Mount Edgecombe information

Umdloti

Where to Stay: 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 ... Umdloti information

Umhlanga Rocks

Where to Stay: Accommodation in 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 ... Umhlanga Rocks information

Umhlanga Ridge

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Umhlanga Rocks

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 ... Umhlanga Ridge information

Sunningdale

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Umhlanga Rocks

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 ... Sunningdale information

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Featured and "Must See" Attractions in Umhlanga Coast

Natal Sharks Board

The Sharks Board gives the opportunity to watch a spectacular 30 minute audio-visual presentation which captures the drama of the ocean as they carry out their daily servicing of shark nets, or watch a shark dissection. You can also visit the display hall and view a variety of lifelike replicas of sharks, fish and rays. more information

Beachwood Mangoves Nature Reserve

Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve is a 76 hectrare reserve with the largest population of mangrove trees in the Durban area. The area is used as a Nature Conservation Education Centre. The black mangrove, the red mangrove, and the white mangrove may be seen. On the shoreline, there are sand dunes ... more information

Mount Moreland Conservancy

Part of the focus of the Mount Moreland Conservancy is to preserve and improve the condition of the Mdloti River and the state of its surrounding wetlands. This will also aid in providing an optimal habitat for the local wildlife and bird variety. In addition, the conservancy aims to establish ... more information

Gateway Theatre of Shopping

Gateway Theatre of Shopping is one of Africa's largest super regional retail destinations. Features: Barnyard Theatre, Ster Kinekor cinema, Cinema Nouveau, IMAX, rock climbing wall, artificial waves, skateboard park, Woolworths, Edgars, Truworths, Game, Exclusive Books, Musica, over 30 ... more information

Hawaan Forest

Protected since 1860 the primeval forest lies next to the Umhlanga Nature Reserve (only the M4 runs between them) just off Portland Drive on the edge of residential Durban North. It is as well that it is protected or development would long since have eradicated it ... more information

Mount Edgecombe Country Club One

Mount Edgecombe Country Club consists of two championship courses - Mount Edgecombe One and Mount Edgecombe Two. Both these courses have their own clubhouses. The Mount Edgecombe’s Course One, formerly the Hullets Country Club, was redesigned by Hugh Baiocchi and incorporates a ... more information

Mount Edgecombe Country Club Two

Mount Edgecombe Country Club consists of two championship courses - Mount Edgecombe One and Mount Edgecombe Two. Both these courses have their own clubhouses. Mount Edgecombe Two's Club House overlooks the Pani Dam where, if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the resident fish eagles ... more information

Sharks Board

The Sharks Board gives the opportunity to watch a spectacular 30 minute audio-visual presentation which captures the drama of the ocean as they carry out their daily servicing of shark nets, or watch a shark dissection. You can also visit the display hall and view a variety of lifelike replicas of sharks, fish and rays.

Umhlanga Coast Beaches

A breathtaking diversity of tropical fish and coral reefs wrap along the Umhlanga coastline, making it a perfect scuba diving and snorkelling destination. Surfers flock to Umhlanga’s warm waters to make the most of some incredible surf spots. Those who crave seclusion can find many remote beaches along the coast.

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

The Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve is small at only 26 hectares, but the trails are stunning and lead through dune forest, across the lagoon and onto the beach. At the lagoon mouth are the remains of a Stone Age sea shell midden. The entrance gates lie just beyond the ... more information

uShaka Marine World

uShaka Marine World in Durban is a world-class entertainment and tourism destination. At the end of Durban's Golden Mile is the beginning of uShaka Marine World - spanning over 15 hectares of prime beach front, uShaka Marine World is Africa's largest Marine Theme park. uShaka incorporates fresh and sea ... more information

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Featured Things To Do in Umhlanga Coast

Witness the Mount Moreland Swallows

Where: Umdloti
How much (per person): Donations appreciated

Witness the spectacle of the Mount Moreland Swallows: Enjoy an evening picnic or a few sundowners at the Lake Victoria Conservancy in Mount ... more information

Shop for Art at Umhlanga Art Gallery

Where: Umhlanga Rocks
How much (per person): Free to Browse

This contemporary African Art Gallery is perfectly positioned in the idyllic coastal town of Umhlanga Rocks, on the North Coast of Kwazulu N ... more information

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