Sunningdale, Umhlanga Coast

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.

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This part of the City is where everyone wants to live. Close to shopping malls, outside of the city centre, with hours of beach-related pleasure at your disposal.

It is easy to understand why Umhlanga, and hence Sunningdale, has been a beach holiday haven since as early as 1869, when the first beach cottage made its appearance. Sunningdale is a typical Durban-north suburb.

With a shopping centre on the corner of Umhlanga Rocks Drive and Village Way, easy access to the Outer Ring Road, also known as the N2, and the Gateway Theatre of shopping whilst also within easy reach of the popular beaches here, the homes are modern - most of them townhouses in gated communities – and upmarket. And the lifestyle is seriously laidback and in keeping with the every present surf and beach atmosphere.

Umhlanga is now very much the new 'centre' of Durban, despite its allocation outside the city. Much sought-after retail and office space spans most of the ridge along here, hogging the views. Closer to the beaches, skyscraper style accommodation gives visitors ample opportunity to share these incredible views over the Indian Ocean.

Stretch your legs on the O'Connor promenade - despite sounding like an Irish pub, this walkway straddles the coast between Durban View Park and the Breakers - allowing you to amble past the striking Umhlanga Lighthouse. Eat out at various excellent restaurants and be sure to visit the nearby Durban Japanese Gardens and the Hawaan Forest near the Umhlanga Lagoon - the last of its kind of indigenous woodland.

Travellers' Reviews

2 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

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Sunningdale Umhlanga is one of the most stunning hidden gems in South Africa - With its upmarket houses, and the friendly people, the stunning village appeal, it is definitely a place I would consider settling down in. The houses have stunning flows, the inland views are incredible, and its not even 3kms away from the Gateway hub. As the last suburb on Umhlanga, its no wonder why the house prices are steadily increasing as the demand increases! Sunningdale in Umhlanga is a sought after area with a more younger vibrate market slowly taking over, the area is set to be one of the most vivacious areas to live now, and more so in the upcoming years.

John & Peter (Durban)

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We loved the homes in Sunningdale and would love to come and retire here. The beaches are so inviting and it's close enough to the centre of Durban to make it convenient, but not so close that one feels part of the city life.

Geoff and Irene (Port Elizabeth)

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