About Umhlanga Beaches

The Umhlanga Coast is characterised by long stretches of sandy beaches that promise stunning backdrops against which to swim, surf or sunbathe. The Indian Ocean has particularly warm waters, averaging 24 to 26 degrees during the summer.

Did you know? The Umhlanga Rocks Lighthouse is a fully automatic lighthouse. It has never had a light-keeper because the Oyster Box Hotel (originally the first beach cottage in the area) has always had the lighthouse controls in its office. This continues today. It is one of the most photographed lighthouses because of its proximity to the popular umhlanga beach.

The Umhlanga Coast is a magnificent stretch of the South African shoreline. It shows off the splendour and wonder of this country in a tranquil display that remains extremely powerful. This is part of KwaZulu-Natal, and is very close to the city centre of Durban, which is the province’s main city and one of South Africa’s major metropolises. However, the Umhlanga Coast whisks you away from the bustle of city living and to the peaceful prettiness of the Indian Ocean as it lazily dances onto the sand.

There are a number of beaches along the Umhlanga Coast, spread through the areas of Umhlanga itself, La Lucia, Mount Edgecombe and Umdloti.

Popular Umhlanga Beaches

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Umdloti Beach

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It's not just the 5km stretch of beautiful beaches that causes visitors to flock to Umdloti Beach, but also the very likely possibility of seeing dolphins playing ...

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Umhlanga Beach

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A favourite holiday destination with locals, Umhlanga’s beaches are packed with both locals and tourists in season (and often out of season as well, thanks to the ...

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La Lucia Beach

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The warm Indian Ocean flows along the Umhlanga coastline making activities such as snorkelling, diving, surfing and swimming ideal in its waters - and what better ...

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WhereThere are a number of beaches along the Umhlanga Coast: Umhlanga itself, La Lucia, Mount Edgecombe and Umdloti.

WhenBest during daylight hours.

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Beaches of KwaZulu Natal

KwaZulu Natal and Durban boast 600km of subtropical beaches on the warm Indian Ocean coastline. What makes this fantastic coastline even better is that KwaZulu Natal also has fantastic weather all year round - even in winter. The water is warm and contains an abundance of magnificent tropical fish and coral reefs. Find out more about KwaZulu Natal's beaches.

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