Umhlanga Rocks in KwaZulu-Natal is a very popular medium-sized beach resort town, which for all practical purposes is part of the greater Durban. It does however have a much more laid-back family atmosphere. The town has hotels and holiday apartment blocks right on the beach edge. The huge Gateway Mall, a shopping and entertainment extravaganza is 5 km inland.
Umhlanga features a small central business district with a few restaurants, coffee shops, pharmacy, photo development store, laundromat, etc. Most of the entertainment and restaurants in town are found in the various hotels, which include family orientated resort-type hotels. Umhlanga also offers a good range of guesthouses and B&B's, some of them on the beachfront.
The O'Conner Promenade, a pathway with distance markers and park benches all along the beachfront, is ideal for walking or jogging. The main beach has lifeguards in attendance. The town is located in a sub-tropical region, which makes for good swimming weather and warm water year-round. It offers good surf close to sandy beaches.
Umhlanga offers 5 very good golf courses. The town is also home to the world renowned Natal Sharks Board.The institution is tasked with protecting bathers from shark attacks - its activities include extensive research on sharks.
The new King Shaka International Airport is a few minutes drive from Umhlanga.
The German-guided version of our tour that covers the highlights of South Africa (link to English tour provided as well). It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. The southbound tour starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , iSimangaliso Wetland Park , Transkei , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Paarl , Cape Town .
Durban is the largest city in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. It is a very popular holiday destination for South Africans and foreigners alike, partly for its array of tourist attractions and entertainment venues but primarily because of its sub-tropical climate and beaches. The main tourism activity in Durban is spending time on the beach.
KwaZulu -Natal is one of the nine provinces of South Africa. It is a tourism haven with attractions ranging from provincial game reserves, private reserves, world heritage sites, long stretches of pristine undeveloped beaches, scuba diving on coral reefs and the Drakensberg Mountains (a hikers' paradise) to cultural diversity and much more.
The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park (prev. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi) is the oldest game reserve in Africa. It is situated in the North of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province. It covers 96,000 ha of varied ecosystems. Relative to its size, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is home to the largest population of the endangered white rhino in the world with between 1 500 and 2 000.