Umhlanga Rocks Holidays - Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
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Lying on the famous KwaZulu Natal North Coast, Umhlanga Rocks is a tropical paradise - a place where jaded city dwellers are guaranteed leisure and enjoyment. This premier resort has been dubbed the 'Riviera' of the KZN North Coast for good reason - an abundance of fantastic holiday accommodation, fabulous shopping, and the Continental charm of outdoor restaurants in a laid-back village atmosphere. Glorious Umhlanga beaches offer endless opportunities for sun-worshippers, surfers and scuba divers who dive the coral reefs to see the spectacular marine life. Warm water and near-perfect weather all year round ensure that the main Umhlanga Rocks Beach buzzes with pleasure-seekers.
Visitors to Umhlanga Rocks beach can rest assured, as life guards are stationed at both Umhlanga Main Beach and Umhlanga Bronze Beach, with shark nets running south from Breakers Resort, to just south of Granny's Pool. Exploring the rock pools at low tide, finding oysters and mussels, and watching the ski-boats launch from Granny's Pool are some of the simple joys that this spot offers.
The popular Umhlanga O'Connor Promenade is a favourite with walkers and joggers, and along this route looming 25m above the shoreline stands the famous Umhlanga Lighthouse landmark - its distinctive red and white facade attracting thousands of tourists every year.
Other things to do in and around Umhlanga Rocks:
- Shop at Umhlanga Gateway Theatre of Shopping, an award winning, mega entertainment centre,
- Umhlanga Sibaya Casino has something to offer everyone - kids entertainment, gaming, live shows and restaurants.
- Walk the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Trail - a fascinating journey through coastal forest on boardwalks that cross the Umhlanga Ohlange River.
- Visit the Umhlanga Rocks Sharks Board, where visitors are educated on the Indian Ocean predator.
- Golf at several world class golf courses within easy reach - Zimbali Country Club, Mount Edgecombe Golf Club and Beachwood Golf Club.
Known in Zulu as the 'place of reeds', Umhlanga Rocks not only offers visitors a wonderful beach holiday, but a gateway to KZN North Coast world heritage sites, safari adventures and travels north through mystical Zululand.
However, lying closer to Umhlanga Rocks North Coast towns which provide a break from the beach on that occasional rainy day.
South of Umhlanga Rocks accommodation: La Lucia - 2.7km
West of Umhlanga Rocks accommodation: Mount Edgecombe - 5.3km inland.
North of Umhlanga Rocks accommodation: Umdloti Beach - 13.4km.
Other nearby destinations:
Umhlanga Beach - 11.8km from Durban Beachfront CBD
Umhlanga Beach - 19.1km on the N2 from King Shaka Airport
Umhlanga Beach - 67.3km from Tala Game Reserve
Climate - sub-tropical Umhlanga Rocks is basically warm and balmy all year-round, with summer temps reaching 30°C or higher, and wonderful winter (June - August) temps reaching 23°C by mid-day.
In the case of an emergency - Netcare, Umhlanga Hospital is located at 323 Umhlanga Rocks Drive, and Gateway Private Hospital at 36 Aurora Drive, Umhlanga Rocks.