uMhlanga – the Ideal Holiday Destination!
uMhlanga translated from the Zulu meaning “place of reeds” is situated 16kms north of Durban on a glorious golden beach which stretches away to the north.
Once a haven for hunters and fishermen, uMhlanga, which means “place of reeds”, is now a bustling business, shopping and holiday destination.
Not so long ago the now, ever vibrant uMhlanga, was simply lush wooded countryside and dense bush, inhabited by snakes, vervet monkeys, and various species of wild buck and boar. In 1869 a solitary beach cottage, where the iconic Oyster Box Hotel now stands, was used by passing ships as a navigational point and was built out of Burmese teak, corrugated iron and reinforced concrete.
Today uMhlanga Rocks is one of South Africa’s premier holiday destinations. A number of resorts await holidaymakers, with restaurants, movies, malls, pubs, clubs, amazing beachfronts and amazing tourist attractions eagerly awaiting the area’s many visitors.
Not only is uMhlanga a tourists’ haven, it’s also a sportsman’s paradise. Surfing, swimming, scuba diving, fishing, sailing and running are just a handful of sporting activities within the area. Not to mention the many world-class golf courses in the greater area!
Sea temperatures vary between 25°C in summer and 20°C in winter and sea swimming is a favourite past time enjoyed throughout the year by all, in the warm Indian Ocean. The uMhlanga promenade, just short of 3kms, is a favourite with tourists and locals alike, and is perfect for a morning or afternoon stroll!
The abundance of hotels with their onsite facilities of restaurants and entertainment make for some of the best family holiday accommodation in the country. Also servicing the hotels, in the village of Umhlanga, is a choice of restaurants from fine dining to pizzas, all within walking distance of most of the hotels.
uMhlanga Rocks is ideally situated to attract both local and international holiday makers. 560kms to the north west is situated Johannesburg and tourists from this area can travel along the N3 motorway and reach Umhlanga in five and a half hours.
International tourists are serviced by the new King Shaka International Airport completed for the 2010 World Cup Soccer event, just 15 minutes to the north.
Situated 5 kms west of the buzzing village and beach area is Gateway Theatre of Shopping – one of South Africa’s largest shopping malls. Comprising 150,000 sq metres of space the mall offers over 390 shops, 70 eateries and a host of entertainment to choose from.
To the north west is the undulating landscape of the Valley of a Thousand Hills, the massive Inanda Dam and to the north the Kwa Zulu Natal Game Parks and the spectacular Isimangaliso Wetland Park, a world heritage site.
Visitors from all around the world flock to the resort village of uMhlanga Rocks to relax and have fun on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.