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About Umhlanga Rocks

Umhlanga Rocks is an upmarket seaside resort north of Durban in Kwa-Zulu Natal on the east coast of South Africa. Together Umhlanga and Umdloti form the Sugar Coast, formerly sugar cane plantations.  It is one of the most popular holiday destinatio... read more

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803 Bermudas

Apartments, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

The self-catering apartment consists of an open plan lounge and dining area, with a kitchen. There are three double b...

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Crooked Tree Cottage

Bed and Breakfast, Cottages, Self Catering in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

The accommodation consists of a 3-roomed cottage and 3 Studio suites, all of which are let as B&B accommodation most ...

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R710.0

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Breakers Resort 414

Apartments, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

Self-catering luxury apartment 414 with all the amenities of a resort hotel, including loads of activities for kids. ...

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Ben Siesta

Self Catering in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

The apartment consists of a lounge, dining room, kitchen and three double bedrooms. The main bedroom has a king size ...

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Sandals Guesthouse

Guest Houses in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

Sandals Guest House is centrally situated in the quiet residential area of Umhlanga Rocks in the Greater Durban area,...

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La Loggia Bed & Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

Beautiful Sea views from rooms ,balconies and private terraces, en-suite shower or full bathrooms, spacious lounge f...

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R700.0

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Gateway Apartments

Apartments in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

Apartments are serviced daily, fresh towels daily, FULL Dstv and Mnet, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities complimen...

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Burnham House B&B

Bed and Breakfast in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

There are 5 en-suite rooms in total with breathtaking views. Pet friendly by request ONLY as its the only room with a...

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R950.0

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Manaar House B & B

Bed and Breakfast in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

At Manaar House, visitors have the choice of bed and breakfast accommodation or the self catering option. The Bedroom...

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R875.0

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8 Royal Palm B & B

Bed and Breakfast in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

Nestled in the heart of Umhlanga Ridge, Durban, near the La Lucia and Gateway Business Precincts, and enjoying stunni...

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R840.0

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Savannah Park - Luxury Self Catering Apartments

Self Catering in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

Apartment style living featuring lounge area with sofa, flat-screen TV and balcony, dining table, a fully equipped ki...

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802 Bermudas

Apartments, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

The apartment consists of a lounge, dining area and a fully fitted kitchen. There are three double bedrooms with a ma...

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14 The Shades

Apartments in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

There are two double bedrooms with a main en-suite. The apartment comfortably sleeps four people with a King-size bed...

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506 Lighthouse Mall

Apartments, Self Catering in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

This luxury self catering apartment consists of a lounge, dining area and a fully fitted modern kitchen. There are tw...

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R1800.0

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Anchor's Rest Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

Anchor's Rest in Umhlanga Rocks is the place to head for if your idea of heaven is a sub-tropical climate, sun-drench...

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R955.0

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703 Oyster Schelles

Apartments, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

This is an upmarket 3 bedroom self-catering apartment located in the Oyster Schelles building.
The Oyster Development...

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203 Oyster Quays

Apartments, Self Catering in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

203 Oyster Quays is a luxury two bedroom, self-catering apartment (vacation rental) located in the heart of the premi...

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The Hamptons Guest House

Guest Houses in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

The Hamptons is a luxury five-star guest house that has all the amenities that one can expect to ensure you have a fa...

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La Dolce Vita Guest House

Guest Houses in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

La Dolce Vita is an tastefully upmarket Guest House situated in Umhlanga Rocks.La Dolce Vita has five charming rooms,...

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Umbrella Tree House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

Umbrella Tree House is situated in the heart of the Umhlanga suburbs. The b&b is on a private property but completel...

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R790.0

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34 On Milkwood

Bed and Breakfast in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

All our rooms are en-suite, we also have a family suite or a honeymoon suite. Sit back on our patio and enjoy the yea...

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13 The Shades

Apartments, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

There are two double bedrooms with a main en-suite, and second bathroom. The apartment comfortably sleeps four people...

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43 Sea Lodge

Guest Lodge in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

43 Sea Lodge is located on the 4th floor of the stunning Sea Lodge apartment block in the heart of Umhlanga Rocks, an...

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302 Oyster Schelles

Self Catering in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

This luxury self-catering apartment consists of a lounge, a dining area and a fully fitted modern kitchen. There are ...

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Chartwell Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

Whether you travel to Umhlanga or Durban for business or pleasure you will find that Chartwell Guest House has it all...

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Kingston Place Guest House

Guest Houses in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

We are a four star TGCSA graded Guesthouse in Umhlanga set in a tranquil setting, close to The Village and Gateway. W...

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702 Oyster Rock

Apartments, Self Catering in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

This luxury self-catering apartment consists of a lounge, a dining area and a fully fitted modern kitchen, with scull...

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Addis B&B

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

The establlishment has 12 units comprising of sea facing units, garden facing units, self catering unit, family unit ...

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R829.0

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uShaka Manor Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

Combining style and warmth with generous hospitality and personal service, uShaka Manor is situated in the heart of U...

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The Sandringham Bed&Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Hotels in Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga

Features include a spacious dining room and a shady covered patio, where you are served a full English breakfast as w...

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Umhlanga

More info about Umhlanga Rocks

Umhlanga Rocks is an upmarket seaside resort north of Durban in Kwa-Zulu Natal on the east coast of South Africa. Together Umhlanga and Umdloti form the Sugar Coast, formerly sugar cane plantations.  It is one of the most popular holiday destinations.

The beautiful surroundings were originally coastal dune forest .Rivers flow from the Drakensberg Mountains down through the Valley of the Thousand Hills to the coast at the sea. Rolling green hills rise up on the ridge behind Umhlanga Rocks, which is on the beach of the Indian ocean.

Umhlanga Rocks village began when a beach cottage was built in 1869 on a rocky headland with a magnificent sea view. The Oyster Box Hotel was built in the 1930's, in graceful English colonial architecture with surrounding heavenly gardens and gorgeous flowering shrubs and trees. The village grew around the hotel.The vegetation in Umhlanga is lush and verdant due to the warm subtropical climate.

Umhlanga has wonderful views of the sea and ships along the horizon due to its elevated position.

Umhlanga is a fun seaside destination,  having beautiful beaches and lovely surrounding residential suburbs with magnificent trees and gardens. Monkeys play and roam about and birdlife proliferates.

Dazzling hotels overlook the beach and the main road of the little village has many restaurants, sidewalk cafes, pubs and boutiques. Day and night there is a stream of very expensive cars.

Above Umhlanga Rocks a couple of kilometers inland, is the Ridge. Here office parks, shopping centres and more suburbs have been built, replacing the sugar cane fields.

 

Things to Do

Umhlanga is a place to relax and enjoy the wonderful climate, to soak up some sun on the beach under an umbrella or go swimming in  the sparkling turquoise sea. With ocean views and a casual atmosphere it is chance to be away from everything and still have every convenience within easy reach.

Nevertheless there is a wealth of entertainment available:

Sports, golf, shopping, movies, or nature trails.

The shops in the village centre are excellent and provide just about everything you could want. There are branches of the main supermarkets, health shops, restaurants, coffee shops, sidewalk cafes and boutiques.The La Lucia Mall and the huge Gateway Theatre of Shopping are nearby.  The Gateway Mall has over 500 shops, the biggest shopping centre in Africa, as well as hotels, restaurants, cinemas and private clinics.

Beach

The beach, an endless straight stretch into the distance, is used all day all year by locals and visitors. There are two main swimming beaches with lifesavers and shark nets and the main Umhlanga swimming beach is Bronze Beach.

There are many pools in the rocky outcrops along the shore, ideal for families with small children to paddle  in.

The Sharks Board sends crews out on ski boats to check the nets daily to ensure safe swimming .Their headquarters are in Umhlanga Ridge and interesting audiovisual lectures are on daily about  sharks.

Sports

There is a strong water lifestyle culture, no wet suits are needed and the warm ocean is great for surfing, swimming, scuba diving, kite boarding, fishing and sailing. Winter is mild and brief from june to august, and the rest of the year  warm, with a summer rainfall of evening showers.

A wide well maintained paved Promenade curves for 3 kilometers along the beach overlooking the sea, and is frequented by runners and walkers all day long until dark.

Golf

Numerous world class golf courses, with undulating fairways and spectacular layouts, are designed around indigenous trees and gardens.The sunny climate and lush natural environment are ideal for golf.

Other ocean and outdoor adventures are deep sea fishing, whale and dolphin watching, flying microlights or chartering planes or helicopter flips at Virginia airport.

Nature Reserves

Umhlanga was originally a coastal dune forest and there are 2 guided nature walks through what remains of this ancient indigenous forest, the Lagoon Walk and the Hawaan forest walk.

The Lagoon nature trail leaves three times a day. It is an hour and a half walk along a boardwalk beside the river, through the forest to the lagoon, with rich birdlife, butterflies, monkeys and the odd antelope.

The Hawaan forest walk is at the other end of the promenade. Inquiries and bookings can be made at the  Breakers hotel.

Scenic drives

Roads lead in every direction from Umhlanga to different glorious scenic drives. The Valley of 1000 Hills is a pristine wilderness with magnificent scenery, forests and waterfalls. There are beautiful drives along the coast,  both to the north and south, and also nearby less developed beaches,like Umdloti, to visit.

Where to Eat

Excellent restaurants around Umhlanga provide a huge choice.

Remo’s Villaggio and Angelo’s are packed with customers every day, both specialise in Italian food.

Little Havana is another favourite, very smart and well run, with contemporary cuisine.

Ile Maurice is a sophisticated comfortable restaurant with french cooking.

The Olive and Oil is for mediterranean food and the Press Club does breakfasts and lunches.

The Oyster Box Hotel has 3 restaurants, the Palm Court has light meals and high tea, and the Grill room has curry buffets. The Ocean Terrace does light meals and is a delightful place to eat during the day as the view is exquisite.

Otherwise there are restaurants at the Gateway, like Tasha and Circus Circus.

There are good coffee shops too, such as Gloria Jeans Coffee Cafe. These are a few of the best restaurants and there is always Mr Delivery for those not inclined to go out.

Where to Stay

Umhlanga has always been one of the best places to stay on the north coast of Durban.

There are lovely luxurious hotels right on the beach. Also all along the ocean are blocks of luxury units, expertly terraced with expansive views. These provide wonderful self catering holiday accommodation with balconies overlooking the sea, and a swim a short walk away.

Many guest houses and villas with views of the sea are available in the Umhlanga suburbs. There are holiday homes for rent, cottages, golf lodges, guest houses and backpackers, something to suit everyone.

Business hotels are on the Ridge.

Transport

Air: Shaka Airport, South Africa's newest and most modern airport, is near Umhlanga.

Car: The best option is to rent a car at the Airport which is 10 minutes away.

Umhlanga is well positioned to get to many major South African destinations. The highways are excellent.

The N2  follows the east coastline 200 kilometers to the north, up to the St Lucia Wetlands and Game Reserves.

To the south is entirely different terrain to explore through Margate to the Wild Coast.

The N3 continues to the Drakensberg Mountains, and further inland to Johannesburg and the Kruger Park.

Did you Know

Umhlanga in Zulu means  “place with reeds”.

Umhlanga is often misspelt Umshlanga or Umhlunga or Umhlonga.

Umhlanga was founded as a town in 1895 by Sir Marshall Campbell.The first hotel was built there in 1920.

In 2010 construction started on the Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre and Durban airport moved near Umhlanga to reopen as the Shaka International Airport.

Many businesses have relocated from Durban centre to Umhlanga, as in Johannesburg to Sandton and many of Durban’s best hotels and accommodation are in Umhlanga.

The Hawaan forest in Umhlanga is 114 acres of protected coastal forest and is 18000 years old, with 175 different species of trees.