Top 20 Umhlanga Activities 2017.

Umhlanga, which means “place of reeds” in Zulu, is known for its coastal-lying beauty, classy shopping malls and, perhaps above all else, as Durban’s popular resort town, so it’s only natural to find some epic adventures lying in store here.

Here are some of the best activities to enjoy in Umhlanga (and nearby areas) during 2017:

#1 See the Light with Umhlanga Lighthouse

This rather iconic, 21-metre high lighthouse is white with a topside red stripe and offers a light range of 24 sea miles. It not only doubles as a tourist attraction and popular local landmark, but it also, naturally, safely guides ships to shore.

And although this isn’t a lighthouse you can explore from within, it’s definitely one you need to snap a picture of or pass by when visiting Umhlanga.

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Address: East Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#2 Catch a tan at Umhlanga Main Beach

This popular beach offers a few fun things to enjoy. Not only can you tan and surf, but you can also swim in the granny’s pool, with the knowledge that there are life guards on duty. Visitors can also rent beach chairs and umbrellas and enjoy taking in the sights from nearby benches.

Parking is minimal so, if you can, it’s best to get there early to secure a spot. The beach is clean (and thus most perfect for beach walks!) and there are toilet facilities found , as well as a nicely maintained walkway. Ice-cream shops nearby will delight children and adults alike.

Contact: (031) 561 4257

Website: www.umhlangatourism.co.za

Address: Umhlanga Main Beach, Umhlanga, KZN

#3 Get your shopping fix at Gateway

Gateway Theatre of Shopping is the ultimate retail and entertainment experience, offering everything from fashion to dining and movies.

It’s considered to be one of SA’s most elite retail shopping stores, with over +390 stores and 70 eateries, and frequently brings world-class events, competitions and entertainment to town. What’s more, it offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Contact: (031) 514 0500

Website: www.gatewayworld.co.za

Address: 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga, KZN

#4 Enjoy a beach day at La Lucia Beach

While not strictly within Umhlanga, it’s close enough to warrant a mention… and it certainly deserves one! Offering a tropical element, La Lucia is close to paradise, with its coral reef and colourful fish. It’s ideal for snorkelling, diving, surfing and swimming.

It offers wonderful tranquility, despite being relatively close to the city centre… so if you’re in Umhlanga, you will definitely want to take a drive to enjoy some time at La Lucia Beach.

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Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: La Lucia, Umhlanga Coast, KZN

#5 Lace up for Umhlanga Lagoon Hiking Trail

Located on the periphery of this resort town, Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve is nevertheless a popular nature lovers’ haunt.

The trail winds by past a picnic area, crossing over a wooden boardwalk into a coastal forest, inhabited by all manner of local wildlife, including veret moneys, buck, birds and even butterflies. Some of the trees have labels so you can learn while you ramble.

Contact: (031) 561 4257

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Address: Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, Umhlanga, KZN

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#6 Catch a movie at IMAX Theatre Gateway

With pretty epic effects, good audio, comfy interiors and prime location within Gateway Theatre of Shopping, this will definitely be your go-to movie spot for all the major flicks, provided you can afford to splash out a little…

It’ll blow your socks off as you experience your favourite film in ultra high definition 3D on a very big screen indeed!

Contact: (031) 566 4415

Website: movies.sterkinekor.co.za

Address: IMAX Theatre Gateway, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umhlanga, KZN

#7 Visit KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board

Enjoy an educational and insightful visit to the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence (also known as KZNSB), a global leader in shark protection, as well as in key environmental and tourism efforts.

Not only does the KZNSB maintain the 37 beaches found along the KZN coastline, but it also conducts shark biological research and offers fascinating public education programmes.

Activities visitor can enjoy, both at and with KZNSB, run as follows: boat trips, audio-visual and shark dissections, a museum, a curio shop and conference facilities. Be sure to visit them and learn more about these misunderstood ocean predators.

Contact: (031) 566 0400

Website: www.shark.co.za

Address: 1a Herrwood Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#8 Hit the 4×4 track at Gateway

Tear up some turf with the Gateway Leisure Centre and 4×4 Track. Hop inside a supplied off-road vehicle and tackle the chart track.

Water traps, canons, rocky faces and river beds will delight drivers as they cover some pretty rugged terrain. Call ahead to book a fun, off-road experience.

Contact: (031) 566 3140

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Address: Gateway Leisure Centre and 4×4 Track, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga, KZN

#9 Take to the greens at Umhlanga Bowling Club

Have a bowl at this fun and free facility, which is also wheel-chair friendly and happily suitable for all ages. Registered coaches and officials are on-site to ensure that the rules are understood and that help is offered where needed.

The bowling green is not only a great place to enjoy some bowls but it’s also available to hire for corporate and function days.

Contact: (074) 639 4028

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Address: 75 Twilight Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

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#10 Shop till you drop at Pearls Mall

If you need a little retail therapy, look no further than the relatively new and exciting, Pearls Mall, which opened in late 2016. This classy, high-end boutique mall not only offers excellent shopping, but it also includes a host of delightful coffee shops and eateries, like African Roots Coffee, Casa Bella and Doppio Zero to name just a few.

Strut your stuff as you enjoy some fun shopping and eating out at the Pearls.

Contact: (031) 940 6840

Website: thepearls.co.za

Address: Pearls Mall, The Peals, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

#11 Sip some good java at African Roots Coffee

The still newly-opened coffee shop, located within the glamorous Pearls Mall, is already taking the Umhlanga area by storm. The still newly-opened coffee shop, located within the glamorous Pearls Mall, is already taking the Umhlanga area by storm.

Coffee lovers will rejoice upon discovering this speciality coffee shop, which serves only the finest African origin Arabica coffees. If you really love their java and would love some to enjoy at home, you can also shop for different blends on their site.

You can also order artisanal light meals, such as breakfast (includes banting-friendly and health eats), Danish-style open sandwiches, veggie quiches and locally baked cakes, to complement the fine coffee and speciality teas on offer at African Roots Coffee.

Contact: (087) 941 4591

Website: www.africanrootscoffee.co.za

Address: Pearls Mall, The Pearls, 6 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

#12 Grab a bite to eat at Village Table

If you agree that eating is a great activity to partake in, then you are going to want to visit Village Table, where you can enjoy some delicious food in a very attractive setting.

Bringing life experiences from pantry to plate, Village Table is all about aesthetically appealing food and restaurant atmosphere both.

Contact: (087) 288 4235

Website: www.facebook.com/villagetableumhlanga

Address: 6 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

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Village Table via Facebook

#13 Keep the kiddes At Play

Let your little ones run amok @play, where children are always the priority. This safe indoor haven is suitable to children of all ages (from one-year-olds to tweens), and helps to broaden their creativity in fun, engaging ways as they learn and grow.

Under the careful eye of @play staff, children can climb the enchanted jungle gym, whiz about on cars and bikes, swim in a large pond (under supervision), or play dress-up to their heart’s content.

The play area also offers an abundance of great toys, like LEGO, books, puzzles and more to keep little minds (and hands) occupied at all times and away from screens and electronic devices. Parents can remain or go, knowing that, either way, the kids will have great fun on their own.

Contact: (010) 900 2191

Website: www.facebook.com/At-Play-Umhlanga-612718548924084/

Address: Shop B7 Pearl Walk Mall , Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

#14 Have some fun at Wavehouse

This fun, affordable and clean spot is a great, family-friendly location where visitors can enjoy a water park with a supertube and other water-based activities (making it a safe place to learn to surf), as well as a pump track for bikes, scooters or skates for those who prefer to stay dry.

It’s also offers a fun toddler area for the little ones – and generally makes for an enjoyable day out for all, whether young or old.

Contact: (031) 584 9400 Contact: (031) 584 9400

Website: www.wavehouse.co.za

Address: G240, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, KZN

#15 Enjoy the ultimate retreat with SurfSup Yoga

Enjoy six days in paradise with SurfSup Yoga on this exclusive Umhlanga yoga retreat, which will include five-star accommodation, five days of activities and of course, some super sup-ping!

Food and drinks, photos, daily transfers, lessons, equipment and so much more will be included on this awesome find-your-balance experience, as you learn to surf and stand-up paddleboard.

For dates and bookings for 6 Days in Paradise 2017/2018, please contact SurfSup Yoga.

Contact: info@surfsupyoga.co.za

Website: surfsupyoga.co.za

Address: SurfSup Yoga, Durban, KZN

#16 Explore Hawaan Forest

Immerse yourself in this beautiful forest, which offers a woodland enclosed by the Ohlanga River and the ocean. It is home to large number of birds and animals, and remains wonderfully unspoiled even to this day.

The Hawaan Trails are not open to the public due to preserving conservation efforts but you can partake in a guided trail and learn more about this unique ecosystem, which is home to creatures of all kinds.

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Address: Hawaan Forest, Umhlanga, KZN

#17 Grab some good coffee Power Plant

This Steampunk-inspired smoothie and coffee station not only serves good java, but it also offers a health shop for natural and superfood ingredients, which inspired the name ‘Power Plant’.

Stock up on some healthy goods while you pop by on a coffee run.

Contact: (031) 561 9191

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Address: 65 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

#18 Enjoy great food at Olive & Oil

Tuck into comfort food at this cheerful eatery, where fresh ingredients come together beautifully to supply guests with wholesome meals.

Friendly staff and unrivaled hospitality will ensure you feel right at home too.

Contact: (031) 561 2618

Website: oliveandoil.co.za

Address: Olive & Oil, 15 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

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#19 Discover new things at KZN Science Centre

Visit the KZN Science Centre and learn all about science, technology, engineering, Mathematics and more at this interesting, highly educational place. This non-profit organisation is big on giving back and educating people on all things science-related.

It’s a particularly great experience for young, curious minds and is sure to inspire a love of science and technology in our South African youth and foreign students alike.

Contact: (031) 408 1012

Website: kznsc.org

Address: 1 Airport Road, Reunion Road, Gateway, Umhlanga, KZN

#20 Walk along Umhlanga Promenade

Of course, one way to really take in some of the best sights Umhlanga has to offer is by simply enjoying a leisurely walk along the promenade.

Or, if you prefer, go for a 4.6km-odd jog and ensure you stay fit and healthy, while absorbing the gorgeous scenery and surrounding views.

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Address: Umhlanga, KZN

These are just some of the fun and varied activities you can enjoy when visiting the Fun-Shine Coast!

 

Top 10 Umhlanga Restaurants 2017.

The trendy resort town of Umhlanga, found just north of Durban, is known for its coastal-hugging location, high-end shopping and natural beauty – but it also has some nice food offerings lined up for visitors to enjoy.

Here are the top 10 restaurants to visit in Umhlanga during 2017:

#1 Village Table

Located in the Pearls of Umhlanga Mall, this eatery offers “life experiences from the pantry to your plate,” as it serves breakfast, lunch and supper.

It overlooks the enviable, warm Indian Ocean and is both trendy and cool, with a relaxed, yet elegant interior. The fresh food is a blend of Mediterranean meets Portuguese.

Contact: (087) 288 4235

Website: https://www.facebook.com/villagetableumhlanga

Address: 6-8 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

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#2 Lord Prawn Fish & Grill

Initially established in 1975 on the Durban beachfront, Lord Prawn relocated in 1989 to Umhlanga, where – operating under the same staff and owners – it soon became a local favourite.
To this day, it remains a consistently good institution, serving wonderful meals off its set menu.

Options include: shellfish, pasta, chicken dishes, curries and even steaks – but it’s naturally the prawns that are lord over all at this restaurant.

Contact: (031) 561 1133

Website: www.lordprawnumhlanga.co.za

Address: 9 Umhlanga Plaza, 2 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#3 Doppio Zero

With branches found across other parts of SA, Doppio Zero Umhlanga is the first branch to hit KZN. Located at The Pearls Boutique Mall, it offers an artisanal, on-site bakery, packaged retail items and a relaxed, open-style eatery, made for home-away-from-home dining and good food enjoyment.

Doppio Zero is best known for its good coffee, light lunches and lovely dinners. It’s also enjoys a prime setting, lying only a stone’s throw away from the beach.

Contact: (010) 900 3173

Website: www.doppio.co.za

Address: Shop A21, Pearls of Umhlanga, Corner Lagoon Drive and McCausland Cresent, Umhlanga, KZN

#4 Café La Plage

More than a restaurant, Café La Plage is really a lifestyle. After a long search, the team finally found the right spot to pour all their passion and efforts into.

Now, they offer a memorable dining experience and a gorgeous view, which complement the fine French, cosmopolitan food, cocktails and great entertainment that guests can enjoy.

Contact: (031) 561 9999

Website: www.cafelapage.co.za

Address: Shop D1, Pearl Walk, Pearls of Umhlanga, Umhlanga, KZN

#5 Mo-Zam-Bik

With a number of popular branches across SA, this Portuguese restaurant chain does a great job no matter where it’s situated.

This is no-frills, colourful dining, which offers visitors tasty Portuguese-African food, which will make your mouth water in pleasure.

Contact: (031) 836 1574

Website: www.mozambik.co.za

Address: F183, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga, KZN

#6 Olive & Oil

It is not often that restaurants live up to their self-promoting taglines – but Olive & Oil definitely personifies theirs: “comfortable food made exceptionally well”.

The owners of this family-run eatery treat guests like an extension of their own family, as they use fresh, seasonal ingredients to create dishes inspired by Mediterranean to exotic Morocco cuisines. The menu will suit meat-eaters, pasta lovers and vegetarians all.

Contact: (031) 561 2618

Website: oliveandoil.co.za

Address: 15 Chartwell Drive, Shop 19, Chartwell Centre, Umhlanga, KZN

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#7 Lucky Shaker

Lucky Shaker is an oasis for those who wish to escape and unwind for a while. Here, the small but passionate team of staff do their best to ensure a good and memorable experience.

With both top drinks, tasty burgers and other yummy offerings, Lucky Shaker is the perfect spot to sit back and relax with friends, family or your significant other.

Contact: (078) 450 6751

Website: www.lukcyshaker.com

Address: 9B Mayfair On The Lake, 5 Park Lane, Parkside, Umhlanga, KZN

#8 Casa Bella

Specialising in Italian cuisine, like wood-fired pizzas, pasta and grills, Casa Bella believes in simple, wholesome ingredients, original meals and time-honoured recipes.

They have branches across SA, including in the Western Cape and at the Mall of Africa.

Contact: (031) 007 0136

Website: casabelladining.co.za

Address: Shop A17, Pearl Walk Umhlanga Shopping Centre, 6-8 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#9 De’Ma

This restaurant, located within the Gateway of Theatre of Shopping, specialises in authentic, quality Indian food, beverages, sweetmeats and desserts. The food is a mixture of Durban-style and North Indian cooking.

Aside from catering to its walk-in, sit-down clientele, De’Ma also offers a full catering company, which caters to weddings, conferences, parties, takeaways and deliveries.

Contact: (031) 566 2450

Website: www.dema.co.za

Address: F179, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga, KZN

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#10 The Incredible India

This unique dining experience offers dishes that are prepared and served fresh. The restaurant is a 120-seater, with group tables dotted all about to add a sense of a togetherness, mixed with relative intimacy for your table.

The Incredible India also accommodates for events and conferences in its facilities and can cater for up to 150 people.

Contact: (031) 837 3731

Website: theincredibleindia.co.za

Address: 6 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

These are just some of the eateries you can enjoy in glamourous Umhlanga and nearby surrounds when visiting this coastline-hugging resort town in KZN.