Umhlanga is a coastal town, located 10 miles north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Together with the greater Durban area, it is a part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality. The town is a resort, commercial, and residential area. Umhlanga means ‘place of reeds.’
Umhlanga, specifically Umhlanga Ridge is the focus of development in the greater Durban area. Many businesses have relocated to the area from central Durban. The city is a tourist destination and is part of the Sugar Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. It houses many luxurious hotels and apartments on the beach at Umhlanga Rocks, including Umhlanga Sands Hotel, Beverly Hills Hotel, and the Oyster Box Hotel. In addition Umhlanga Ridge offers retail, office and residential spaces, including Gateway Theatre of Shopping and other shopping centres, several locations for office space, and motor dealerships.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Umhlanga has a lot to offer in terms of sights and activities. It features one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, stretching to the Isimangaliso Wetland Park. The beaches add access to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, many nature trails, some of the best South African accommodation, and shopping centres. Major points of interest include the Gateway shopping centre and Sibaya Casino, MTN ScienCenter, Sharks Board, the old lighthouse, O’Conner Promenade, Umhlanga Country Club, Mount Edgecombe Country Club, Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve Nature Trail, and the Hawaan Forest and Umhlanga Ponds. Visitors can experience surfing, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving whale watching and dolphin viewing, kite boarding, golfing, and more. Umhlanga has a variety of restaurants offering diverse cuisine options including fine dining at The Grill Room at The Oyster Box Hotel, Bar Ba Coa is an Argentinean Grill and Bar, Portuguese food is available at Adega, and Italian at the Piatto Restaurant Grill.
Durban International Airport, known as King Shaka International Airport, is located 10 miles north of Umhlanga. Getting to the coastal town is possible by local taxi operators. Once downtown, the visitors can easily walk between the various attractions or take a cab.