Umhlanga is a premier beach holiday destination on the east coast of South Africa, north of Durban. With extensive indoor and outdoor entertainment, Umhlanga is a playground for visitors of all ages and interests. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing seaside break, romantic honeymoon, cultural experience, or fun family holiday, you can begin your perfect getaway by browsing our Umhlanga accommodation.
Meaning “place of reeds" in Zulu, Umhlanga is a luscious region characterised by warm Indian Ocean waters, endless sandy beaches, rocky shorelines, fields of sugar cane, and a sultry subtropical climate. With winter temperatures that seldom dip below 19°C during the daytime, Umhlanga is an ideal holiday destination in any season. Ideal for ocean and outdoor enthusiasts, this popular coastline offers diving, dolphin and whale watching, river rafting, quad biking, air flips, sky diving, microlighting, horse riding, deep-sea fishing, and ski boat fishing. Tekwini beach is particularly popular with kite surfers, while Umdloti beach and Umhlanga beach offer some challenging surfing breaks.
Nearby attractions include the Natal Sharks Board where you can watch educational yet entertaining audio-visual presentations about sharks. Aqua Rush offers fun and pleasure cruises, spear fishing trips, offshore snorkelling, and scuba diving among wrecks and rocky reef canyons. uShaka Marine World provides fun for the whole family with an outstanding aquarium, water slide park, private beach, restaurants, and shops. Sibaya Casino, Suncoast Casino, and the cultural villages at Shakaland are also popular attractions.
It takes little effort to pry yourself from the sand and sea to visit Gateway Theatre of Shopping. The shopping centre offers a thrilling line up of activities for all ages, including ten pin bowling, arcade games, and go kart racing at Eclectic Avenue; Mr. Funtubbles Fabulous Family Fun Fair; Action Sports Arena; the world’s highest free-standing indoor climbing wall; 4D simulation rides at the XD Theatre; and the interactive ScienCentre. The Wave House at Gateway boasts the biggest man made stationary wave in the world - The D-Rex (Durbanicus Rex). There is also a Wave House Tube Ride, FlowRiders, and a skate park designed by 10-time World Skating Champion, Tony Hawk.
Nature lovers can enjoy various animal encounters, nature trails, picnics, and more at Crocodile Creek, Croc Valley, and Umgeni River Bird Park. Golfers can play at least 10 courses nearby, including Durban Country Club, Zimbali Country Club, and Mount Edgecombe. Spend a day at a beauty spa, peruse through art galleries, amble along the beachfront Promenade and enjoy the local restaurants and cafés. As Durban has the highest Indian population outside of India, you are guaranteed to experience some of the tastiest Indian food in the world.
Umhlanga is only a ten minute drive to the King Shaka Airport and a 3 hour drive to the many game reserves in the Zulu Kingdom. With its ideal location along the N2, Umhlanga makes an excellent stop on any leg of your South African tour. Feel free to peruse our accommodation and book your next holiday in Umhlanga.