Top 4 Reasons To Visit Umhlanga On Holiday

Umhlanga, a premier beach destination in the heart of Durban, South Africa. A Destination like no other. With extensive indoor as well as outdoor entertainment and things to do, Umhlanga makes a perfectly, well-rounded holiday destination for singles, couples and families alike. Think of it as your very own playground.

Did you know, Umhlanga means “place of reeds” in Zulu? The reason for this is that the area is characterised by the beautifully warm Indian ocean, magnificent sandy beaches, fields of sugar cane and lush greenery, and a subtropical climate that rarely drops below 19 degrees Celsius.

With all of this in mind, here’s why Umhlanga should be on your list as the next destination to visit on holiday.


(Image courtesy of: Natural World Safaris)

Perfectly Positioned

Situated on the East Coast of Africa, Umhlanga is perfectly situated a little North of Durban’s harbour. Set on a rocky shoreline, Umhlanga has 2 beautiful beaches with one promenade stretching the span of them. Apart from being right on the coastline, Umhlanga is a mere 2 hours from the Drakensberg Mountains if you travel in land and roughly 2 hours from some of the top big five game reserves in KZN. You’re really spoilt for choice.

Subtropical Temperature

Don’t get us wrong, Umhlanga definitely experiences a little of every season but for most of the year you can enjoy beautiful subtropical temperatures that rarely drop below 19 degrees Celsius. Prepare for endless days outdoors or on the beach taking in the breath-taking beauty that Umhlanga has to offer. One of our favourite things to do when it’s warm out is visit the iconic Lighthouse bar at the Oyster Box hotel and enjoy a lovely sundowner on their terrace with the Lighthouse in front of you and beach as far as the eye can see.

Shop your heart out

Gateway Theatre of Shopping is home to over 400 stores, a world-class movie theatre, an arcade, a theme park, a water park, and plenty of varying food and entertainment options. As one of the 50 largest malls in the world, Gateway Theatre of Shopping takes having something for everyone to another level. Whether you’re looking for some great deals at your favourite stores, a bit of comfort eating, some entertainment for the kids or fun activities for the whole family, you cannot go wrong at Gateway. Consider yourself warned!

(Image courtesy of: Gateway Umhlanga on Twitter)

Delicious Dining

Aside from the beaches, the shopping, the travel opportunities and the overall beauty and attraction of Umhlanga, food has got to be a deciding factor, right? Well you’re in luck if you’re a dedicated foodie. Umhlanga’s infamous Chartwell Drive, also known as “The Village ”, is home to some of the most exquisite dining experiences. Whether you’re looking for some Italian, Greek, local and lekker or a bit of fine dining creativity, Umhlanga offers some of Durban’s most sought-after restaurants. Not only is the food great but the atmosphere one can experience on Chartwell Drive is unmatched.

(Image courtesy of:  North Glen News)

Convinced? Get in touch with Umhlanga Holidays today and let us help you with your accommodation options for the duration of your stay. We offer some of the most exquisite self-catering apartments and holiday homes that are bound to make your holiday just a little more special.

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