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uMhlanga

uMhlanga translated from the Zulu means “place of Reeds” is situated 16kms north of Durban on a glorious golden beach which stretches away to the north for over 200kms.

The first hotel was built in the 1920’s by the daughter of Sir Marshal Campbell who sailed to South Africa from Glascow in Scotland and who set up huge sugar estates in the area. In the latter part of the 1800’s Campbell was involved in the bringing to South Africa of indentured labourers from India to work on the sugar estates. These labourers who have now integrated into the culture of the area form the largest single Indian population outside of India in the world. The first beach cottage which was built in the 1869, eventually became the Oyster Box Hotel in the 1930’s. This hotel was recently totally refurbished and is now an up market five star resort run by the international Carnation Group.

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 tournament 15 minutes to the north. Umhlanga caters very much for the tourist market with an abundance of hotels ranging from five-star to up-market family resorts. Sea temperatures vary between 25°C in summer and 20°C in winter and sea swimming is a past time enjoyed throughout the year by all in the warm Indian Ocean.

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 in excess of fifty restaurants offering cuisine not only for the family but also fine dining with some of South Africa’s best restaurants within walking distance of most of the hotels.

Situated 5 kms west of the buzzing Umhlanga village and beach area is Gateway South Africa’s largest and reputed to be the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest shopping mall. Comprising 180000 sq metres of space the mall offers 18 movie cinema’s, 6 noveau cinema’s, a theatre, over 400 shops and more than 70 restaurants 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 which is 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.