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The picturesque village of Umhlali lies inland from Sheffield Beach and Salt Rock, along the Dolphin coast, in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa.
Umhlali was once a railway centre for cargo trains carrying refined sugar. The sugar came from all the nearby mills from all the vast sugar cane plantations surrounding the region. The sugar cane fields remain but the old Victorian railway station now welcomes guests to enjoy a cappuccino on the platform instead. The nearby Umhlali River takes its name from the monkey-orange tree and runs out to sea north of Sheffield Beach.
The town is patronised by local sugar farmers and visitors wanting a country break. Peaceful surroundings, a home industry, beaches nearby, and a welcoming community makes Umhlali an excellent proposition for holidaymakers.
Top 6 reasons to visit Umhlal
1. The Umhlali Country Club has tennis and squash courts and a swimming pool, while the golfers in the family enjoy a round of golf.
2. The Morewood Memorial Garden is a tribute to one of the sugar pioneers and is located at Compensation, the site of the first sugar mill. The original sugar cane plants arrived here from the French island of Reunion. The garden has much history and is a relaxing spot in which to savour a picnic.
3. Flag Animal Farm at nearby Salt Rock is an absolute joy for children and animal lovers. The farm has mostly rescued animals ranging from wolves to exotic lizards. Activities include milking of cows, wolf interactions and pony rides. There is a tea garden on the premises.
4. Grab a map from the Ballito Info Centre and travel the King Shaka Heritage Route, a route traversing significant locations where Shaka planned his military campaigns, where he studied his opponents and where he was ultimately killed.
5. Two beaches at neighbouring Ballito are worth visiting: Willard Beach has a promenade and the sea is... Show more